Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Interceding for Others

VIDEO: Interceding for Others

Our Lord has revealed how to appropriate the fullness of His grace and mercy for ourselves by residing at the Throne of Grace. Can we intercede for the ones we love so that they are free from the attacks of the enemy? Let’s look at what the Bible tells us. 

According to chapter 9 in the Book of Daniel, as we have discussed, he intercedes for his people and his nation. He did so with a grieved and sorrowful heart, confessing that God had rightfully punished his people and his nation.  In a broad, general way, he acknowledged the following: 

  • The sins being committed  
  • The ancestors’ sins 
  • The lack of repentance for the sins  
  • The lack of knowing God’s ways 

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. (James 5:16 ESV) 

These are the necessary ingredients when interceding for someone for grace and mercy from God. We don’t need to confess each specific sin, for God knows them. When we pray for others, our prayer should have all of the above ingredients. This is the same way we place others before the Throne of Grace as we discussed in the first Class/Chapter in the first Courts of Heaven Academy workbook: Foundations in the Courts of Heaven.  

Daniel didn’t go into the Courts of Heaven to pray. However, he did study and acknowledged that the time for grace and mercy had come according to prophecy, which is what you are doing by going through the classes at the free online school; Courts of Heaven Academy. 

Intercession and Prayer 

Prayer is presenting a situation to God and talking to Him about it; however, intercession is going much deeper into prayer. It is acting as a mediator for someone and crying out for mercy. God responds to intercessory prayer because He feels your heart. We can pray for anyone the Lord places on our heart, but this is different from intercession. In either of these, the Lord will intercede for us in the Courts, and on occasion, call us to be present. 

But thus said the LORD…  for I will contend with him that contends with you, and I will save your children. (Isaiah 49:25 AKJV) 

The word translated as “contend” is from the Greek word, riyb, which can mean “to conduct a case or suit (legal), sue.” The Lord is our Heavenly Advocate. If we will put Him in charge, He will not only take care of us but also our children in the Courts. 

When we are on an airplane, we are told to first place the oxygen mask over ourselves before we take care of our children. When we ask the Lord to help us, our children will benefit from it as well. 

Contend, O Lord, with those who contend with me; fight against those who fight against me! (Psalm 35:1 AMPC) 

This verse was directed toward all of God’s people. This means if the person is a Christian, a member of God’s family, we can ask the Lord to contend for us. We have so much more than Daniel had for his people. We have the sacrifice of our Lord and His righteousness. Make sure you use the scriptures to support your claim! Here is an additional verse when praying for others: 

And I will give them a heart to know Me, that I am the LORD... (Jeremiah 24:7 AKJV) 

You may choose to quote this verse in prayer as you ask God to give them a heart to hear Him and know His ways. This is one of the three items you can always ask God for: 

  1. Wisdom - God gives it freely and never criticizes us for asking (James 1:5) 
  2. Grace - by definition grace is receiving something you do not deserve.  
  3. Mercy - the blood of Jesus cries out for mercy and He asked for mercy when those who had put Him on the cross spit at Him and mocked Him. (Hebrews 12:24, Luke 23:34) 

We cannot turn this into formula prayer, so let the Holy Spirit guide you as to what to say concerning these items. You should be aware that when you pray, it doesn’t mean everything in their life gets better. It means that which would keep them from God is removed.  

  • We hope our loved ones will feel God tugging on their heart and turn towards Him.  
  • We ask God to strengthen us to stand in faith if He has to bring them to their knees and prepare our hearts to know what to say and do.   

Can We Pray for Non-believers? 

Now the word of the LORD came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before Me. (Jonah 1:1-2 AKJV) 

The people of Nineveh were not Jews. Even though they were not God’s people, He called His prophet to speak to the Ninevites so they could be saved. We can ask God to speak to those who do not yet know Him, but our access to the Throne comes when we take Jesus as our Lord so we cannot place them at the Throne of Grace. 

The bottom line is this; follow the leading and guiding of the Holy Spirit. If your heart is grieved for a person, as you pray for grace and mercy, you are going in the right direction. Don’t seek out someone else to pray for a person when the Holy Spirit has touched your heart: God is placing His desires in your heart. Simply ask Him to send someone to speak to them as He sent Jonah, so that they may turn from their sin and be saved. 

More Effective Prayers 

The results depend upon our heart. Is your heart grieved for the person you are praying for? If not, consider these verses: 

A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you… (Ezekiel 36:26 AKJV) 

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. (Psalm 51:10 AKJV) 

Ask God to change your heart to align with Him if your heart is not moved with compassion and grief for others. You can use these scriptures in your daily prayers.  

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people (1 Timothy 2:1 ESV) 

Removing Hindrances 

There are two main things that may interfere with our prayers for others: 

  • Our own sin.  
  • Not honoring a husband and wife.  

Our sin won’t send us to Hell. Jesus paid the price for the curse of the law to be removed allowing us to have a relationship with God, our Heavenly Father. By taking Jesus as your Lord, you are coming into the right relationship with God and you should be working to remove sin from your life. 

If My people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from Heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14 AKJV) 

Now we know that God hears not sinners: but if any man be a worshiper of God, and does His will, him He hears. (John 9:31 AKJV) 

God hearing and responding to our prayers is contingent on our seeking Him and turning from our sin. The New Testament confirms this; we must be doing His will, then our prayers will be answered. In addition, husbands must consider the following: 

Likewise, you husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered. (1 Peter 3:7 AKJV) 

This was revolutionary at the time it was written. This statement confirms other scriptures that in spiritual matters there is no male or female, no slave or free nor black or white person. Though women may be physically weaker (weaker vessels), in the spirit we are the same.  

The husband is still the leader, both secularly and spiritually. As with all those in leadership positions, there are greater consequences if he is not following God’s ways. A husband's prayers can be hindered if he doesn’t honor his wife as being an equal before God. He must see her calling, gifts, and relationship to God as equally important and relevant as his. This is different from “loving your wife as Christ loved the church.” The church is the bride of Christ so it is about our relationship with each other, not our spiritual relationship to God.  

It is easy to take care of this or any other sin. Jesus has revealed how we can appropriate the grace and mercy that He paid for so that we are not hindered. Our own sin can sometimes cause us to respond in ways that may hinder God’s work, especially for those closest to us because we are around them more often. Learning and implementing God’s ways can resolve many of the issues that allow Satan to interfere with our loved ones through us. We have a Counselor and a Guide to help us: on a daily basis, asking the Holy Spirit to tell us what to say and what not to say can be very helpful. 

Our prayers should be uplifting at all times, in addition to the confession of sin and our forgiveness of that sin. We should be reaffirming God’s goodness and ability to do what we ask. We should not be stating the following: 

  1. The stubbornness of the person we are praying for.  
  2. An inability to hear or receive from God.  
  3. Any trait that is not according to God’s will for them.  

We want to come into agreement with God who can do all things. We don’t want to come into agreement with the enemy to hinder them. In future prayers, thank God as a demonstration of your faith after asking for them to be placed before the Throne of Grace or simply asking for wisdom, grace, and mercy. When I wanted to place someone before the Throne of Grace who had already been prayed for and placed there, the Lord corrected me. We must have faith that God’s mercy is in play, otherwise, we are operating in doubt and unbelief. 


Intercession is hearing from the Holy Spirit and speaking what you hear from Him. His guidance may come in many forms: 

  • A gentle, yet persistent nudge 
  • A knowing what to say 
  • Visions 
  • Words coming to our mind 

For true intercession, it must be led by the Holy Spirit. If the person is present, He will show you what to do: 

  • Enter into the Courts of Heaven 
  • Confess sins (charges) outside of the CoH: 
  • He may bring understanding an how to remove sin 
  • Dealing with past trauma for a soul healing 

Intercession of this type brings the best results! It can only be done with the help and guidance of the Holy Spirit. The 301 course in the Academy reveals many issues that may open up our ability to hear from the Holy Spirit. We hope you will continue to apply those principles as you walk with the Lord. 

Calling as an Intercessor 

Likewise, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. (Romans 8:26 ESV) 

Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints. (Ephesians 6:18 ESV) 

An intercessor is a mature Christian who understands the Word and is eager to look up scriptures for guidance when the Holy Spirit places someone on their heart. They never pray of their own will. Oftentimes they spend time listening to the Holy Spirit and praying in their Heavenly language before they even realize what God wants them to pray. 

  • An Intercessor loves spending time alone in prayer.  
  • Three hours of prayer may feel like 20 mins because they are in a submissive position at the feet of Jesus. 

You know if you are called as an Intercessor because the Lord very often will put people’s faces right in your mind or bring them into your presence so that you will pray for them. You will not feel peace until you have prayed through what the Holy Spirit is asking of you. It is very similar to when a prophet receives a prophecy and can’t relax until they give the word. Similarly, an intercessor must pray without ceasing until they feel the release from the Holy Spirit that it is finished! They will know when they have completed their mediation in prayer and hit the bull’s eye because they will feel God’s peace in the situation and will wait for it to manifest on Earth as it is in Heaven.

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