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The Intercessor

January 29, 2018

We are coming to the end of our 21 day fast next Wednesday.  Personally, I have been fasting and praying for two primary reasons, for the City of Kenosha, that the strongholds over the city will be broken, and praying for The Furnace to break open to the purposes it has been called to in the Region.  Praying in Singers, people to play musical instruments, tech people, intercessors, seasoned individuals who disciple, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers, and for the body of believers who will be trained up for the ministry.  So out of that should come healings, deliverance, prophetic words, and other manifestations of the Spirit setting the captive free, and reconciling people back to Christ.

 

We are here as a House of Prayer and more, so this church will be a place for Worship and Intercession which go together, to see strongholds broken.  We do pray for people, and cities, regions, and situations, that God will intervene. 

 

We are all about man connecting with God for the purpose to inject His Heavenly purposes into the earth with the final game of seeing God glorified, and people reconciled back to Him physically and spiritually. 

 

There is a shifting wind in the air today in the region, and especially in this new season, and I believe it is due to our intercession, and the intercession of others we are connected to who want to see an overwhelming move of God here.  I also believe that through times of intercessory prayer with fasting, it will accelerate the shift, because it moves God when we do it. 

 

Jesus said “if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you. “But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.” Matthew 17:20-21

 

Ezra 8:23 So we fasted and earnestly prayed that our God would take care of us, and he heard our prayer.

 

Prayer with fasting generates power.  It’s like nuclear power verses conventional.

 

 

God is calling His church back into a fasting lifestyle.  Fasting makes us more keen to the moving of the Holy Spirit, and we need to have heightened Spiritual sense in these days.

 

Our enemy the devil is so on his game to fight against us.  He is sneaky, and is pulling out everything in his arsenal in these days to sidetrack, deceive, trip-up, and stop the church from its mission.  So we must use all of the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit available to us, to engage the enemy to be ready at any moment when he attempts to steal or destroy. 

 

Prayer with fasting is like taking a four shot expresso straight, where you have a Holy Spirit buzz on in the Spiritual realm always ready to kick some evil spirit butt.  Amen!

 

Tonight is fairly elementary, but it is about who we are.  Intercession.  Being the Intercessor. 

 

The holy people who pray life in to situations, and tear down dark strongholds so light and life can invade.

 

The basis of my sermon tonight is out of Jeremiah 29:

 

Jeremiah 29:7, “Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf; for in its welfare you will have welfare.”

 

In this passage of scripture, the Prophet Jeremiah sends a letter to the captives in Babylon, and in it, he tells them to pray for the city where they live.  These the people of Israel who were now exiles in a foreign land.  They are to go to God and intercede for each other, and the city itself.  

 

No different than today, where we who believe, should pray and intercede for our city and its people that the exiles, really, those orphaned from God, would return to him, and for the believers to be protected.  We make the way in prayer.

 

When we look back at the Jeremiah the Prophet, he spoke words received from God to tell the people about their sin and future.  That was his prophetic nature, but he was also their watchman and intercessor.  He was one who wept for his people. 

 

Jeremiah 9:1, “ Oh that my head were waters, and my eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people!”

 

He was the weeping prophet, but also in that weeping, the intercessor for the people. And we see in the 5th Chapter of Lamentations, Jeremiah extensively praying to God for the people.

 

When we look at the Book of Daniel, we see that the Prophet Daniel was an intercessor as well.  He also prayed to God for the welfare of the people.

 

Daniel 9:3, “ Then I turned my face to the Lord God, seeking him by prayer and pleas for mercy with fasting and sackcloth and ashes.”

 

Daniel also prayed to God for the same exiles.  Making confession for them, and praying that God would shine His face on His people again, and remember His promises.

 

Moses was an intercessor, also praying to God for his people.  In Duet. Chapter 9, Moses tells the people that he had prayed to the Lord that He would not destroy them.

 

Deuteronomy 9:25-27, “But I fell on my knees in the Lord’s presence forty days and forty nights, lying flat out, because the Lord planned on wiping you out. 26 But I prayed to the Lord! I said: Lord, my Lord! Don’t destroy your people, your own possession, whom you saved by your own power, whom you brought out of Egypt with a strong hand! 27 Remember your servants:”

 

Intercessors intervene on the behalf of others in prayer. An intercessor is a person who by calling or by nature chooses to be a mediator on behalf of those who cannot intervene for themselves. Intercessors make requests, plead, beg, risk, sacrifice, and make war on issues relating to the ones in need, and thus they have an impact on the final outcomes for those they serve, because intercessors are servants.  They serve God’s interests, as well as those they pray for.  Intercession is a very holy thing, and not to be taken likely.  The Prophets Moses, Jeremiah, and Daniel, stood in the gap for the people in front of the Almighty God, sometimes at their own risk.

 

Intercession is having belief injected into prayer that what you pray for will happen. It is a time of persevering until that something happens, and that perseverance may cause travailing in prayer, and pleading with God to intervene into a situation. 

 

There is a difference between a person who is called an intercessor and a person who prays. Any person can pray, but not all praying people are intercessors. The differences of an intercessor are subtle - hidden in the life and heart behind the prayer.  Many intercessors are those that God wakes up early, to pray.

 

The Intercessors of the Old Testament heard the voice of God.  They knew his intentions, so when they prayed, they reminded God of His covenants and promises for the people.  They prayed what God said, to intervene.  They reminded God of His word, even though He didn’t need to be reminded, but because of their persistence, He acted on their prayers.

 

Today is no different.  The Holy Spirit moves us to pray.  The Holy Spirit is God lest we forget. 

 

Jesus said, in John 16:13, “When the Spirit of truth has come He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak;” The Spirit hears from God, and relays that to us.

 

Romans 8:16: “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit”  So he is ever there to direct us.

 

Intercessors stand in the gap like those prophets did long ago, and speak to God His words through that intercession.  We use His Words because of the power that comes from those Words.

 

And when we intercede through the Holy Spirit, those prayers may be in our known tongue, or through the Holy Spirit in other tongues. 

 

We may have direct revelation of what to pray and how to pray, and I like to pray scripture right from the Bible, or I pray from a book of scriptures for directed prayers, because there is power in the Word of God.

 

Most of all I pray in tongues.  That’s Spirit to Spirit.

 

Romans 8:26-27: “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.  Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.”

 

Praying in the Spirit is praying the will of God.  Can’t get any better than that.

 

Jesus also made mention of the Holy Spirit that if we move in the Spirit, the Spirit will move through us. Not only in prayer, but in life.

 

Mat 10:20  For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. 

 

Intercession may take time because Intercessors do not stop praying for something because they think, “well I think I prayed long enough for this, and I guess God doesn’t want to change the situation. Nor do they forget, because the Holy Spirit knows the Intercessor, and He presses them to pray.

 

Intercessors pray until they receive an answer.  That’s what makes an intercessor.  They don’t quit.  They may focus on one thing, some for years.  Many make lists.  They keep a prayer journal and check off the items that receive answers with a date, and they keep on going. 

 

We can look back on the Prophet Daniel in Daniel Chapter 9 and read his intercession for the people.   It is known as one of the great scriptures of Intercession.

 

Dan 9:1  In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, by descent a Mede, who was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans— 2  in the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, perceived in the books the number of years that, according to the word of the LORD to Jeremiah the prophet, must pass before the end of the desolations of Jerusalem, namely, seventy years. 3  Then I turned my face to the Lord God, seeking him by prayer and pleas for mercy with fasting and sackcloth and ashes.  4  I prayed to the LORD my God and made confession, saying, “O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, 5  we have sinned and done wrong and acted wickedly and rebelled, turning aside from your commandments and rules. 

 

Daniel continues the prayer, repenting for the nation, and interceding for the people that God would have mercy on them, but for God to remember His covenants.

 

Daniel 9:18, “O my God, incline your ear and hear. Open your eyes and see our desolations, and the city that is called by your name. For we do not present our pleas before you because of our righteousness, but because of your great mercy. 19  O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive. O Lord, pay attention and act. Delay not, for your own sake, O my God, because your city and your people are called by your name.” 

 

In verse 21, God sends the Angel Gabriel to give an answer.  That is intercession fulfilled.  We pray in the will of God, led by the Holy Spirit, and God acts in His time for His will to be complete. 

 

It is a continual prayer of faith believing God will do something.

 

Daniel had confidence that if he went to God, he would be heard by God, and why?  Because Daniel had a history of going to God.  Daniel had a prayer life, and that prayer life was evident.  You see this from the story of Daniel and the lion’s den.

 

"Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime."   (Dan.6:10)

 

When you seek to spend time with God, that time with Him develops into a believing relationship, because our Father in Heaven expresses His love for us in those times. He speaks to us.  He will not keep Himself from anyone who presses into His presence.  He is all about relationship.  And through that relationship, God manifests Himself in us, and when he speaks, we know His voice.  We know His heart.

 

Daniel had that relationship with God and it appears before he was exiled to Babylon.  It was evident when he was a young man when he purposed he would not defile himself with the king’s delicacies.  Out of the relationship and being set apart to God, Daniel was imparted with visions and dreams. 

 

Knowing God intimately, moved Daniel faithfully to go to God with issues for intercession and even knowledge.

 

True intercessors know God.  God reveals understanding to them through those intimate times and through it our hearts are changed toward God and we fulfill the 1st Commandment of Jesus to:

 

"'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; Luke 10:27

 

When you understand that love, and you know how to love, it is easy to throw yourself into extended prayer for others.  Knowing the love of the Father captures your heart to fulfill the second part of Luke 10:27, and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'"

 

Intercessors are in the business of loving their neighbors, because intercession is labor of love. It is not always easy.  When you fast and intercede, you sacrifice yourself for the prayer recipients.  When you look at some of the Old Testament heroes who interceded they really put themselves out there for the people.

 

  1. Moses was willing to be blotted out of God’s book. (Ex 32:32)

2) Abraham was willing to suffer God’s possible displeasure and annoyance by negotiating Him down to 10 godly men in Sodom & Gomorrah. (Genesis 18:22)

3) When king David disobeyed by taking a census, he was willing to be destroyed in order to seek safety for his people. (1 Chron 21:17)

 

Intercession makes the intercessor the defender, and it may cause us to take heat for it.  But because of the love of the Father, we stand in the gap for others to pray the Word of God into situations.  We even come under attack, so our prayer lives and our intimacy with our Father in Heaven must be purposeful to place us and our families and even churches under His covering.

 

Intercession is not for weaklings, but its benefits far out way any of its hardships.  Remember what Jeremiah said in the beginning verse.

 

Jeremiah 29:7, “Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf; for in its welfare you will have welfare.”

 

We pray on behalf of the people for their welfare, and through it we will receive welfare.  Other than future crowns of glory for a humble heart who puts themselves out for the people, today we can have the understanding that through our prayers and supplication, people have been restored.  Even cities, and regions. 

 

But the biggest prize is our relationship with the Father.  Because of the relationship Jesus had with the Father, He was obedient to hang on the Cross for us. There was that much love.  We can experience that love, with all the benefits of what Jesus did.  We are free, there is no condemnation, our hearts and lives are full, and we feel really awesome because God used us to give Him glory, and used us to break strongholds, bring healing, and set the captives free so they don’t have to be orphans any more. 

 

We are Intercessors by choice, by being called out by God for that purpose, and by strength empowered by the Holy Spirit, we will do it.  We want to see people set free.  And it’s my prayer as The Furnace grows in its purposes, like other Houses of Prayer, we will make consistent impact on all who we pray for to the see the Kingdom of God manifest on this earth. Amen.

 

 

 

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