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What Is Intercession? Vol. 1 5 Days, 22 Hours ago Karma: 1
Daniel 9:3

…And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes:

“In the same way that a person can’t intentionally pray a prayer of agreement until he or she understands the meaning of agreement, a person won’t be very effective in intercessory prayer until he or she understands the concept of intercession.”

Dutch Sheets, “Intercessory Prayer” pg. 37

What does God have to say specifically about intercession? We have heard the term many times before, but what does it mean? If we look up intercede in the dictionary we see that it means:

–verb (used without object), -ced⋅ed, -ced⋅ing.
to act or interpose in behalf of someone in difficulty or trouble, as by pleading or petition: to intercede with the governor for a condemned man.
to attempt to reconcile differences between two people or groups; mediate.
Roman History. (of a tribune or other magistrate) to interpose a veto.

So we see that intercession’s main purpose is to reconcile or “go between” as if to mediate or heal a broken situation. In other words, it means to go to God about a broken situation, on behalf of someone or something else, in order to bring healing and wholeness into that situation. So we see certain buzzwords describing intercession. Words like interpose, go between, reconcile and mediate all describe intercession.

“…mediate means between two extremes; to interpose between parties as the equal friend of each; to negotiate between persons at variance with a view to reconciliation; to mediate a peace; intercession.”

Dutch Sheets, “intercessory Prayer” pg 37

We see that interceding happens all the time. It happens in the courts when lawyers intercede on behalf of their clients. It also happens in offices when business people act as a “go-between” to initiate transaction on behalf of two organizations.

When we study the concept of intercession we must understand that it requires authority, delegation and representation. It requires authority in that one needs power with God, and a knowledge of Sonship, in prayer. It requires delegation in that you are speaking to God in a diplomatic manner in order to convince Him to see things on your behalf. It is representing one party to another for legal reasons. In other words, we are divine lawyers for our fellow man in order to reconcile to God for an infraction or situation broken, or out of place. Intercession requires representation in that you are re-presenting a case before God in favor of reconciliation, or Godly intervention. You are re-presenting a bad situation in such away as to show innocence on the part of someone or something. It is important to note that Christ has given us the ministry of reconciliation.

2 Corinthians 5:18
And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;

We must reconcile the world unto Him. This reconciliation took place as Christ offered Himself. Thus, all intercession should be founded upon the redemptive work of Christ. In other words, as we enter into intercession, it must be founded upon the purifying, saving graces of His blood. It must be remembered that ll intercession is founded on what His blood did. It is by this knowledge that we are able to come with boldness to the throne to make our case before the Lord in prayer. The intercessor with the greatest revelatory understanding of the blood will indeed operate and move in strong intercessory dimensions!

This is done because an understanding of the blood allows the intercessor varied access in the progressive courts of God.

“Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy places, having obtained eternal redemption for us….How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God”

Hebrews 9:11;14

Thus, His blood gives us divine entrance to come before the Lord’s throne in prayer. As a result, those who are in Christ are ALREADY made whole. It must be remembered, the battle is already won. Our job as intercessors are to bring our case to God, armed with what His redemptive blood already did. We have to do this because satan comes to turn the truth into a lie, making accusation before God. Thus, our faith in prayer initiates the shed blood of Christ in these situations to destroy darkness and satan’s evil works.

In volume II we’ll study the operations of the blood.