Intercession, simply put, is a prayer lifted before the altar, which has less or nothing to do with the intercessor. It is a pleading and travailing in prayer for the birthing of God’s will for countries, cities, communities, and individuals; a selfless kind of prayer.
There was an intercessor in the bible days called Simeon, who lived in prayerful expectancy for the consolation of Israel. The consolation of Israel was a burden in the heart of God, and Simeon positions himself to bear the burden with God in the place of prayer.
He prayed continually for the fulfillment of the birth of the Messiah. While waiting on the Lord in prayer, it was revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he saw the Lord’s Christ- (Luke 2:26). God told him you should live to see the fruit of your labor. This shall be your testimony in Jesus’ name. Your testimony shall arrive while you are alive in the name of Jesus Christ.
God is always looking for intercessors-people that will approach Him not for what they want, but to see His kingdom come and His will done on the earth. Intercessors always have access to the heartbeat of God. He shares the burden of His heart with them.
The prophets in the bible days are intercessors, which is why the Bible says, “Surely the Lord will do nothing without revealing His secret to His servants, the prophets” (Amos 3:7). Intercession prepares the way for revelation. Will you adopt a neighbor, a neighborhood, or a nation for prayer, and begin interceding for God’s will to be birthed in them? Do this consistently and watch God revealing the burden in His heart for them to you.
Father, in the name of Jesus, baptize me with the spirit of intercession in the name of Jesus Christ.
How can our commitment to intercession impact our personal prayer life?