What is Intercessory Prayer?

Intercessory prayer is the act of seeking the presence and hearing of God on behalf of others.

The person is acting as a mediator between God and the person or people, closing the gap between them.

  1. God is searching for anyone who can act as the person to close the gap between Him and men.
  2. Ezekiel 22:30-31 tells us it would require a person who has fully and whole-heartedly given him or herself over to Christ, submitting completely to the Holy Spirit as their Guide. That person would be giving all praise and glory to God, keeping a clean and open heart to hear God’s direction.
  3. This prayer is done fervently, with the intent of God granting the requests in that prayer (so that it is more than just asking or hoping, but actually expecting God to act).

Examples of Intercession in the Bible

  1. The intercession of the Savior.
    The sin of man brought a gap between God and man. Then Jesus was born, acting as the mediator on behalf of us, and closed the gap between us and God when He died on the cross.
    He was the greatest mediator (intercessor) that ever lived, and continues to intercede on our behalf (Isaiah 59:16; Rom. 8:34; 1 Tim. 2:5; Heb. 7:25).
    Because of this we can now intercede in prayer on behalf of other Christians, or for the lost.
  2. The intercession of the Spirit [Rom. 8:26].
  3. The intercession of the Saints [1 Tim. 2:1]
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