The Power of Intercession
But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit -Jude 1:20
Breakthrough! I hear the sound of breakthrough! There is a brewing in the Spirit! I believe this blog will serve two purposes. It will inspire you to keep pressing through your obstacles, and it will empower you to go to your next level.
The power of prayer must be the foundation for everything we do in our lives. If you build your life on anything else, whether it be your spiritual gifts, your anointings, your charisma, your relational connections, then you are bound to burn out one day. When your foundation is prayer, then nothing is impossible. I believe the body of Christ has plenty of faith. Faith is the TNT of heaven. We lack the fire to light the fuse! We need to light the fuse of our faith with prayer to release the power of God in our lives.
Prayer is more than reading your wish list to God. Often times we associate prayer with our requests to God. While that is not necessarily wrong, I challenge you to redefine your prayer life. Prayer is sweet communion with God. Prayer is nourishment to your soul. Prayer is fresh breath to your lungs. If you feel like you can’t breathe anymore chances are that you are not praying. There are difference types of prayer. Today I want to write to you about intercession.
The Greek word for intercession is the word “huperentugchanó.” It means to make petition for and to stand in the gap. This Greek word is found only one time in the Bible in Romans 8:26.
And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. -Romans 8:26
This particular verse of scripture reveals several different keys to effective intercession. I believe some of the prayers that we pray are not effective because we are praying in the flesh. We pray for what we want. We need to pray for what God wants. Pray about what God wants you to pray about. We need to come to a specific place in the Spirit before our prayers begin to really be effective. Prayer doesn’t move God’s heart. Faith moves God’s heart. Prayer activates faith.
The specific place we must come to for effective intercession is the place of complete dependence on the Holy Spirit. It says clearly that the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. So many times we get it backwards. We want to help the Holy Spirit. You don’t need to help God. You need to let Him help you. When you are weak you need to rest. If you pray from a place of striving you will find yourself burning out quickly and it will open the door to discouragement and depression. But if you are positioned in a place of rest, then the Holy Spirit can come and help you. I like to call it “Holy Spirit possession.”
I want to be possessed by the Holy Ghost. I don’t just want the Holy Spirit upon me. I don’t want to just be led by the Spirit. I want to be Spirit filled. Some people don’t like that phrase. I really don’t care if they don’t like it. I want a full possession by the Holy Spirit because it is in the Bible and if it is in the Bible I can have it!
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Let’s begin with Jesus as our primary example. Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit before he was led into the wilderness to be tempted (Luke 4:1). I believe the reason why He did not give in to the temptations was not because He was God. He was in the form of a man just like you and me. He was full of the Holy Spirit. He was possessed by the Holy Spirit. He was able to resist temptation just like we can because of His divine power that has permeated our minds (Philippians 4:8, Romans 12:2).
The disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:4, 4:8, 4:31, 6:5, 7:55, 9:17, 13:9, 13:52). Paul exhorts the church of Ephesus to be filled with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18). We need a full Holy Spirit possession! Christ in us is the hope of glory. That doesn’t mean that there isn’t more! The Holy Spirit is on the earth and He longs to fill you and quicken you to obey what the Lord is calling you to do. Being filled with the Holy Spirit will make you aware of your spiritual gifts. Being filled with the Holy Spirit will make you act right and talk right because the fruit of the Holy Spirit will begin to manifest in your life. As a direct result your relationships with prosper. Your spiritual gifts will begin to open doors for you.
Now that we know how important the role of Holy Spirit is let’s move on to the next part of the verse. It says, “For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.” True prayer begins when you run out of things to pray about. What I personally do is come before the Lord and I leave my prayer list at His feet because I know He sees it all. I know He knows it all. Praying what He wants is more important to me than praying for what I want for myself. Is it wrong to pray for what you want? Let me ask you this… do you want what you think is best for your life or do you want what God thinks is best for your life? It causes you to check your motives. Are you praying to get something from God or are you praying because you want your life to reflect His goodness?
When we don’t know how to really pray the Spirit of God begins to pray for us with groanings that cannot be expressed. What does that mean? While many assume this is talking about praying in tongues it is not. Praying in tongues is important because you are uttering mysteries to God (1 Corinthians 14:2). However, in this passage Paul is describing the Holy Spirit is praying for us even though we may not know all the information or knowledge about a specific request or situation. The Greek word for “cannot be expressed” is the word “alaletos.” It is different from the Greek word “glossolalia” which has to do with praying in tongues. The groanings of the Holy Spirit are internal prayer requests made on behalf of believers that are in agreement with God’s will.
Romans 8:27 reads, “And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will.” What this means is that God’s desires in us become our prayers when we can’t pray our prayers for ourselves. This guarantees that our flesh does not get in the way. When God’s Spirit intercedes for us the answer is always yes because the Holy Spirit is praying God’s perfect will for our lives.
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. -Romans 8:28
Intercession is very powerful. Remember the foundation for everything is prayer. Be filled with the Holy Spirit and allow Him to help you as you rest in Him. He does the interceding. You will be motivated to do what only you can do by fulfilling His mission and purpose for your life. He will work everything for good.
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him. -1 John 5:14-15
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