Leaders are obligated to pray for those they are lead, intercede for them. This means to give them help in the place of prayer. Nobody can tell you they don’t need help when that help will come in the form of prayer.
The nation of Israel was needy and prophet Samuel recognised that; and as far as he was concerned, it would be a sin for him not to lift up the nation to God in prayer no matter what was happening or how they were making him feel (1Samuel 12:23).
That is why I believe it is an integral part of the prophetic ministry to intercede. You are not just supposed to “see (supernaturally) and say,” all the time; there are several times you are supposed to “see and pray.”
Look at Prophet Moses. When he it was revealed to him that God was very angry with the nation of Israel because of their infidelity, and God was set to do away with them, Moses took it as his responsibility to plead the course of the nation before God (Exodus 32:1-15) in intercession.
God called Abraham prophet (Genesis 20:7). When talking with King Abimelech and told him that Abraham as a prophet would pray for him. Because prophets has special insight into the mind of God that is why they, as a consequence, have a special burden for the people to make wrong things right, to establish the will of God and also act as advocate for the people before God.
Abraham was told by God on his intention to destroy the land of Sodom and Gomorrah, and immediately he had a special burden of intercession for those two corrupt cities (Genesis 18:16-33). Intercession is a very self-less exercise.
Paul having a special insight into the ways and plan of God in Christ Jesus for the gentiles and many times he tells the church he writes of his prayer points for them. He is constantly burdened in the place of prayer for them (Ephesians 1:15-23, Colossians 1:9-12). He wrote to the church in Galatia that he travails for them again until Christ is formed in them (Galatians 4:19). He intercedes for their spiritual growth and enlightenment.
Daniel was a prophet and he partly executes his job in the place of prayer. He was able to connect with the prophetic word given by Jeremiah that the children of Israel will be free from slavery after 70 years in captivity and embarked on a prayer effort in that regard (Daniel 9:1-19). This shows that because the will of God is known does not means we should rest on out oars. Jesus said that we should pray that will of God be done on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10).
Jesus was an intercessor, because as a prophet he has a special insight (through discernment of spirits) into what Satan planned to do to Peter, to sift him like wheat (Luke 22:31-32). He did not just raise his hand, giving up on the situation; he opened his mouth in intercession to help Peter. He interceded to truncate the intention of the devil over the life of Peter.
All this shows that when you begin to draw close to God, it brings an increasing responsibility for prayer. Rather than complain about how your subordinates are not shaping out as they should why not open your mouth for them in intercession instead of open the mouth in complaints?
There is tremendous power released in intercession (James 5:16-18). Paul concedes that there will be the supply of the Spirit of God to effect deliverance for him in a situation while the Philippians church prays for him (Philippians 1:19). We can open our mouth, all we want, in complaint about men of God, ministers of the gospel, but why not take their case up in the place of prayer?
Intercessory prayer is that link between the will of God in heaven for a particular case and the will of God being done on earth. It unveils the greatness of God. When we intercede we make tremendous spiritual energy available to cause change.
Don’t dare stand before a group of people to preach without first interceding for them, since you are not standing there in your own power neither do you want to establish your own will, for intercession is the vehicle for establishing the will of God, for creating the purpose God. It is looking after someone in the player.
The world we are living in has many spiritual needs, the people we interact with have many spiritual need, we as representatives of God should be concerned about these, but the concern does not means we should complain it means we should intercede. When we begin to see with the eyes of God, we would have his heart which would in turn translate to us embarking on the task of opening the mouth in intercession with all gusto.
Jesus Christ said that the person who is greatest in the kingdom is the servant of all (Mark 10:35-45). A servant does things for people, and a great way to serve others is by interceding for them, you are meeting their needs and they may not even know it. All intercessors are great people, because in time of prayer, they can serve a million people, through that spiritual exercise.
You can cover a nation in prayer and in that way you are serving that nation. That could be a billion people if you are talking of nations like China and India. Or you don’t know there is a will of God for the nations? Realise that you can fast-track your greatness when you embark on opening the mouth for the unsaved, that don’t even realise that they need Christ, opening your mouth for the hand of God to move in the life of people. (Please click on the vacancy page to see how you can serve this ministry (Crown Teaching Ministry) in intercession)
There are lots of spiritual effort that goes into intercession, in time, in fasting, in secluding yourself, in not seeking the limelight, but the God who sees in secret will reward you openly (Matthew 6:5-6). And the ultimate open reward is before the white throne judgement of God, where in the view of all the Christians across all nations you are rewarded with crowns (2Corinthians 5:9-10) for you special service of prayer, with an eternally guaranteed greatness.
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