The in’s and out’s of Intercession

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The work of the kingdom must be bathed in prayer. Scripture gives us numerous examples of this: Moses who stood in intercession on the hillside during the battle at Rephidim (Exodus 17) or Daniel, who stood in the gap for the nation of Israel while they were in exile (Daniel 9). The prophet Ezekiel reminds us that God is looking “for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land (Ezekiel 22:30). But what do these watchmen on the wall do? How are those who stand on the wall and in the gap pray?

In two words the role of the intercessor is to pray “in” and to pray “out.” They pray “in” what God is doing, the advancement of the kingdom of God. Then they pray “out” the plans and the schemes of the enemy. The watchman stands in the gap between the kingdom of darkness and the kingdom of light.

An intercessor listens to the Holy Spirit to discern what it is God want to do in a particular situation and then they begin to pray as they have been directed into the things, which the Lord wants to do. The job of the intercessor is to join in the work of praying into existence the things of the Lord, “Thy kingdom come, on earth as it is in heaven.” So the intercessor is praying for hearts to be changed or for people to be drawn deeper into a relationship with the Lord. They are praying for God’s kingdom to be advanced.

At the same time an intercessor is also discerning through the Holy Spirit what the strongholds and schemes the enemy is using to prevent the advancement of the gospel. Then they are praying for the removal of those strongholds and barriers. Prayer is the weapon, which can demolish strongholds “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary they have divine power to demolish strongholds (2 Corinthians 10:4). Through prayer the hindrances to the advancement of the gospel can be removed.

History, it is said, belongs to the intercessors. Praying out the obstacles and pulling down the strongholds of the enemy and praying in the establishment and building of God’s kingdom. The Lord continues today to look for those who will stand in the gap and pray “Your kingdom come.”

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