- Praise God for who He is. God’s power is released through worship. (John 4:23-24; Ps. 100:4)
- Make sure your heart is clean before God by giving the Holy Spirit time to convict should you have any unconfessed sin. (1 John 1:9)
- Acknowledge you can’t pray effectively without the Holy Spirit’s enabling. (1 Cor. 14:15)
- Deal aggressively with the enemy in the all-powerful name of Jesus and with the Sword of the Spirit – the Word of God. (Heb 4:12; Eph. 6:17)
- Die to your own imaginations, desires and burdens for what you feel you should pray. (2 Cor. 10:5)
- Praise God in faith for the remarkable prayer time you will have. (James 5: 16)
- Wait upon God in silent expectancy, listening for His direction. (Isa. 40:31; 1 Kings 19: 11-12)
- In obedience and faith, take action on what God brings to your spirit. (Heb. 11:6; James 2:26; 1 Sam. 15:22; Rom. 10:17)
- Have a Bible for direction or confirmation. (Rom. 10:8; Ps. 119:11; 2 Tim. 3:16)
- As God ceases to bring things to your mind for which to pray, finish and praise and thank Him for what He has done (1 Thess. 5:18)
“Any battle worth fighting calls for more resources than the leader possesses by himself.” – John Maxwell
God gives us assignments that are beyond our capabilities. Then God will provide the resources to accomplish the assignments. In that way He gets the glory – not us!
Ephesians 6:18 (Amplified Bible) “Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty. To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints (God’s consecrated people).”
You are a saint, we are saints. Each of us must have spiritually mature saints praying for us.
- They will be a small group knitted to you by God.
(Moses had Aaron and Hur. Jesus had Peter, James, and John.)
2. They will have a track record of accurately hearing from God.
(Spiritually mature, discreet, and will stand in agreement with you, Matthew 18:19.)
3. They will usually have a long term personal relationship with you.
(Family, close friend, colleague)
4. They will be someone who is trustworthy, persistent and patient.
A lack of endurance is one of the greatest causes of defeat. (James 1: 2-4)
5. They should be trained in Spiritual Warfare. (Spiritually Equipped)
Crisis intercessors are critical during critical times.
6. How to identify your personal intercessors!
- Ask – and it shall be given….Pray for names!
- Seek – make a list of candidates
- Knock – ask them, knock on their door. Do they have a call from God to pray for you and/or your ministry? If they don’t have a call from God, they should not be one of your Personal Intercessors.
Be careful of emotional codependency or ungodly soul ties.
Moderate your dependence on intercession and prophecy. Keep in balance by remembering to maintain a submissive soul & spirit to those spiritual elders in your life.
Be very cautious of having a non-family prayer partner of the opposite sex. (Did God say? Did you get confirmation from your spiritual elders?)
Be discerning and ask for wisdom not to make unwise choices. Telling the wrong thing to the wrong person is gossip. If you can’t tell your spouse and your spiritual elder, you probably shouldn’t tell your intercessor.
Next week: God’s Healing Cycle