Intercessory Prayer

   In response to emails concerning Intercessory prayer, I felt it necessary to write this article which is more of a copy of the responses I have sent to those who have asked about it. Many people are looking on the best answer or how-to article/book on being a prayer intercessor. What they are finding is a host of authors that are either heretical, have bad theology, or both. From Dutch Sheets to Kenneth Copeland, there’s a wide variety of mis-information to throw your money at. So what book or author then would I suggest for you to learn how to be an Intercessor?

 

   To cut to the chase, I do not have a book suggestion on intercessory prayer, I’m sorry I can’t help you there. It is for two reasons. First, the authors out there I have looked at often add mysticism, convoluted scripture interpretation, and false doctrine to their “methods”. Second, I believe the Bible gives us a clear enough example that we don’t need a book on it. I am not being a smart-alec when saying that about the Bible, I firmly believe it.

 

   Throughout the Bible we see examples of great men of prayer, the greatest of course being Jesus. But as I look at the Old Testament and see the prayers of Nehemiah, Elijah, Ezekiel, Daniel, and others, I see a pattern of prayer that is consistent even still in the New Testament church. I believe the modern church has made intercessory prayer into something almost of “magical” proportions when people refer to it. People think they need to be trained by someone, or taught by someone on how to do it versus letting God be our teacher (James 1:5). There’s this 10 step prayer program here, there’s that flavor of the month program there, and it just keeps going, yet the Bible, which is the authority, simply tells us to pray. It also shows us how people prayed and Jesus gives us examples.

   When you get time, check out “How to Pray” at:

 

http://www.mikeschristiancorner.com/pray.html

 

   By no means do I think I am the know-all end-all on prayer, but, I address prayer by using the example of Jesus. Prayer is us communicating with Jesus, and in reality, we are interceding to God through Jesus on our own behalf most of the time, and we never question much on how we need to do that. What has become known as intercessory prayer is a heightened, more rigorous, more often, and more intense prayer vigil for a situation, or most often, for another person. When the Bible speaks on praying for others, it too is consistent. To take it a little deeper in wording, the word “intercession” in Greek is translated as “prayer” in 1 Timothy 4:5. So where are some places we are told to intercede?

 

1 Timothy 2:1

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;

 

Romans 8:26

Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

 

James 5:13-20

13 Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.

14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:

15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.

16 Confess [your] faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

17 Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.

18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.

 

   As we read these, and any other verse used by people to promote the “mystical intercessory prayer”, we see we are simply being told to pray for others. Since we are to love others and esteem them better than ourselves, those prayers at the very least should be as consistent as when we pray for our own desires/needs. Even in these verses though, there is something that hints at an higher amount of, or more stringent prayer with a sense of urgency; but even in that, it is no mystery on what to do. Some things are so important, so crucial for time, so urgent, or such a difficult battle that we need more than prayer in communion with God. In Mark 9, the Apostles had tried to remove a demon and could not. When the boy was brought to Jesus, He cast him out and then the Apostles asked why they could not do that. Jesus answered:

 

Mark 9:29

And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.

 

   Now if anything, that… fasting, is the “mystical” thing everyone is looking for to intercede in prayer. Intercessory prayer is us going into prayer for someone more often and more earnest than we normally pray. It is praying for their situations, their salvation, etc and coupling it with fasting as we feel the Spirit lead us. There are no special words, there are no special mantras, there are no special steps as the modern church would have you believe. There is no office of a prayer intercessor, the entire church is supposed to intercede for each other. Some people have more time, or are led to pray more often than others, and they can use this as a way to minister, but there is no training needed. There is no book that you have to pay for to line someone’s pocket, which is a great source of contention for me indeed. If someone is truly trying to get the Message of god to you, there’s either not going to be a charge, or it will be minimal. But don’t worry, there’s plenty of prosperity pimp preachers out there to tell you differently.

In His Grace,

       Mike Harris Jr.

 

 

 

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