“And He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor,”
Where are the intercessors? Where are those that pray both night and day unto the Lord? The Spirit of the Lord is moving across our Land looking for intercessors. Those who will lay down their Lives as a living sacrifice unto the Lord as in Romans 12:1; “I beseech you, therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrificed, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” He is looking for men and women who will give of their time to spend time in prayer and to intercede for others; those who are willing to give up the things that consume their time so that they may be able to spend this most precious time in the presence of God interceding for others. The ministry of intercession is not one of the five-fold ministries listed in Ephesians 4:11. This tells us that it is not a ministry that some are called to, and others are not. Intercession is a requirement and is expected of all Spirit-filled believers. We must rise up and take our places in this very import work of the kingdom, as intercessors.
Many ministries have risen only to fall in shame. This is because those that followed them did not take their place to intercede for their Spiritual leaders. Intercession is an essential part of our lives as believers. As we intercede for others, we impart strength to those who we pray for. This is important because it causes them to be strong and therefore in the time of temptation, they will be able to overcome. James 5:16 tells us to pray one for another. It is our responsibility to pray for each other. This is so we can strengthen each other so that we will be able to stand. While you pray, believe in your heart that the Lord has heard your prayer and will answer. When we see a fault in our brother or sister in the Lord, we need to pray for them. If people spent as much time praying for others as they do talking about them, the Body of Christ would be much stronger. There would be more unity and less separation. Talking about one another has never caused change. Only through prayer and intercession can we help each other to overcome our faults. Talking about people will tear them down and destroy them. We can either be cancer that consumes the Body of Christ or we can be the white blood cells and kills cancer. Prayer builds us up, makes us healthy and more lively members of the Body of Christ. As we see fault in others, we must first pray that they may see that a change is needed. Second, that God will give them the ability to overcome. As we begin to intercede, we will see change take place. If we are faithful to continue intervening, the victory will be won.
James 5:16 tells us, “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” This is telling us that if we pray and continue in prayer, much will be accomplished in our lives and in the lives of those we pray for. If we continue in prayer for our nation, we will see many won into the Kingdom of God. The youth and the gangs will not be roaming the streets looking for something to do. Instead, they will be out witnessing and bringing others to Jesus. Evangelism begins with the bringing in of the harvest, the training of those brought in and, in due time, the sending forth of the new ministries. However, prayer and intercession must be a vital part of every stage of evangelism. A life of prayer and intercession is a life of victory.
In Luke11:1 one of the disciples asked Jesus, “Lord, teach us to pray.” We must ask the Lord to teach us to pray. The traditional ways of prayer and worship do not conform to God’s ways. Many times, we do not know how to pray, and therefore we do not have a productive prayer life. We must let the Holy Spirit take over, He will begin to show us areas that we need to concentrate on. He will not only show us what we need to pray for but how to pray concerning that area. Do not be surprised if He leads you to pray for things other than those things that you wanted to pray concerning. The Holy Spirit might even guide you to pray for things that you have had no knowledge of. Let the Holy Spirit take over and lead the prayer time, and you will have a productive prayer life. Remember that the Holy Spirit is in no rush. Do not be surprised if it takes an hour or so praying in the Spirit before He begins to lead you in your prayer. Take the time. You will never be sorry.
As we begin to pray for our nation, we must pray as Jesus instructed in Matthew 9:38, “Pray ye, therefore, the Lord of the harvest, that He will send forth laborers into His harvest.” Remember that this is His harvest. It belongs to Jesus. Therefore, when we pray, we must pray as if the nation belongs to Him. The harvest belongs to Jesus, not to sin. The prayer must center around the bringing in of the harvest. Those that live in sin are servants to sin. Sin will have a stronghold on the nation as long as man lives as a servant to sin. However, as the laborers begin to win those who are lost in sin to the Lord, sin will lose its stronghold in the nation. If the prostitute gets saved, there will be no one selling themselves anymore. If the drug addict gets saved and set free, then the dealers will have no one to sell to. They will either get saved or leave the city. When the adulterer gets saved and set free, he will want to live a pure and holy life unto the Lord. As people begin to get saved and set free from sin they will no longer go to have their palms and cards read. Instead, they will look for instruction from the Lord. Therefore, witchcraft will lose its power. Win the nation to Jesus and sin lose its power over the nation. Pray that the Lord of the harvest will send laborers into his harvest. Pray that the Lord will send you as a laborer to bring in His harvest.
1 John 5:14 says, “And this is the confidence that I have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He heareth us…” Here we see that we should have confidence in Him. Believe that the Lord loves us and that because He loves us, He hears us. The main point here is to ask according to His will. Jesus never asked anything outside of the will of the Father. Therefore, everything that He asked of the Father the Father did. This is the key to answered prayer. The more time we spend in prayer before God, praying in the Spirit, the closer we come to Him and His will becomes known to us. When we know, His perfect will we can pray according to His will. Therefore, the prayer will be answered according to the exemplary will of God. John 16:23 tell us that we must use the name of Jesus. Jesus is the only name that has the power, anointing, and authority to access answered prayer.
Hebrew 7:25 says, “Wherefore He is able to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them.” Jesus makes intercession for us continually. In the New Testament, the Lord has never required anything of us that He would not do. The Lord makes intercession for us and requires that we do the same for His kingdom and all those that belong to Him. He lives to make intercession for me. How can I do any less for Him? Even though the Lord can do all things without our help, the Bible teaches us that He desires for us to be part of what He is doing. For example, Matthew 7:7 states, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be open unto you.”
Many people do not consider a life of intercession because it is not a life of outward fame and glory. It is in secret. We see this in Matthew 6:6, “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father, who seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.” This time spent in prayer is time for one to enter into the presence of God; to come into the Holiest of Holies. A prayer life of intercession is life between the individual and God. The Father who sees in secret shall reward you openly. People who have to tell how much time they spend praying have received the reward of man. To reap the prize of the Father is much higher than to obtain the award of a man knowing how much you pray.
We learn two essential keys to a life of intercession in II Kings 6:17, “And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw.” The first thing that we learn is that we must be as Elisha. We must have spiritual insight to see what the Lord is doing in our life, even if it looks like everything is going wrong. If in the natural it seems as if the enemy is going to win and that the battle is in his hand, we must pray that the Lord will open our eyes to see that the victory is the Lord’s. Elisha was not blind. He knew the victory was the Lord’s and he believed that God would win the battle for him. We must not only pray that we have spiritual eyes to see what the Lord is doing, but we must also believe that He is able to accomplish that which He has shown us. Spiritual insight only works when we are willing to trust in the Father.
We also learn from the scripture that we must pray for the eyes of the Church to be opened. The Church needs to see through spiritual eyes what the Lord is doing today. The enemy always keeps the people of God looking far off so that they do not know what is happening today. The Lord gives us hope for tomorrow; yet, He desires us to see what He is doing now. The Church must recognize and believe. We must see that the Lord rules and reigns today and that He is in complete control of every situation. We must know that He keeps His word and that if He promised it, He is more than able to keep His promises. We must pray that the eyes of the Church be opened to see what God is doing. If His word says, “By His stripes, ye are healed,” then you are healed. If His word says, “signs and wonders shall follow them that believe,” then signs and wonders shall follow.
It is so crucial to the Church that the children of God arise as intercessors today. We only have to look at the world around us to see the great need for intercessors who will stand in the gap and make up the hedge. In Ezekiel 22:30, the Lord looked for an intercessor and found none: “And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none”. Here we see that the Lord requires us to pray and intercede for the land and those around us. Also, in Isaiah 59:16 it says, “And He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor.” Today let us arise in power and unity as intercessors and pray for our nation and, most important, for the harvest. As we arise and begin praying for the harvest in our country and for each other as fellow laborers, we will begin to enter into true unity. True unity begins with praying one for another. The Apostle Paul prayed the most wonderful prayers for his fellow laborers. In Colossians 1: 9-11, “For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness” .What a victorious prayer!
As the people of God begin, with pure hearts, to pray prayers such as this for each other, we shall see the Church empowered beyond comprehension. What would be better than being filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding? What would be better than walking worthy of the Lord, pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God? What could be better than being strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness?
This was Paul’s desire for his fellow laborers. If this could be our desire for each other, then there would be no division. We would be secure in unity. Each of us, filled with the knowledge of God and His will, would be able to fulfill His will and to be pleasing unto Him. Through prayer, intercession and walking in the will of the Father, this nation will be taken for the Kingdom of God.