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Principles for Effective Intercession by Linda L. Sack
1) Praise God for who He is. God’s power is especially released through worshipful song. II Chronicles 20:22 says, “As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the enemy and they were defeated.” Praise God for the privilege of engaging in the same wonderful ministry as the Lord Jesus, as you cooperate with Him in prayer relating to the affairs of men. “He ever lives to intercede for them.” Hebrews 7:25 Praise God for who you are in Christ Jesus. It is because of the shed blood of Jesus and our acceptance of that sacrifice for our own sins, that we are able to enter boldly into the Throne Room of the Almighty and make known our petitions. 2) Ensure that your heart is clean before God by giving the Holy Spirit time to convict should you have any unconfessed sin. Psalm 66:18 says, “If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. (There are really as many as 10 reasons that our prayers are not heard. They can be found in the scriptures, and I will discuss them later in this teaching.) 3) Acknowledge that you can’t really pray effectively without the Holy Spirit’s enabling. “…the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for” Romans 8:26b
4) Deal aggressively with the enemy. Come against him in the all-powerful name of the Lord Jesus Christ and with the sword of the Spirit- the Word of God. “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” James 4:7 5) Die to your own imaginations, desires and burdens for what you feel you should pray. The need for this act of the will is clearly stated as follows: “…lean not on your own understanding” Proverbs 3:5b; “he who trusts in his own mind is a fool” Proverbs 28:26a; and finally- “For my thoughts are not your thoughts” Isaiah 55:8a 6) Praise God now in faith for the remarkable prayer time you are going to have. He’s a remarkable God and will do something consistent with His character. 7) Wait before God in silent expectancy, listening for His direction. “But my people would not listen to me; Israel would not submit to me. So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices. If my people would but listen to me, if Israel would follow my ways” Psalm 81:11-13; “For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope is from Him” Psalm 62:5; “But as for me, I will look to the Lord, I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.” Micah 7:7 8) In obedience and faith, take action on what God brings to your mind, BELIEVING. “My sheep listen to my voice and they follow me.” John 10:27. Keep asking God for direction expecting Him to give it to you. He will. “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.” Psalm 32:8 We must make sure we don’t move on to the next subject until we’ve given God time to discharge all He wants to say to you regarding the present focus, especially when praying in a group. It’s not necessary for everyone in the group to receive directional revelation. But it is necessary for all to cooperate with those who do, providing the Holy Spirit witnesses in each heart that the directions are coming from Him. Guard against any one person dominating the prayers. 9) If possible, have your Bible with you should God want to give you direction or confirmation through His Word. “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” Psalm 119:105 10) Get involved with the Word of God and understand the “Keys of the Kingdom”. Bind and Loose. Understand by the Spirit of God what these mean. Search the scriptures.
11) When God ceases to bring things to your mind for which to pray, finish by praising and thanking Him for what He has done, reminding yourself that “…from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever! Amen.” Romans 11:36