Praying with impact
Intercession is not passive
Intercession is partnership with God. We come together with Him, to do what He wants us to do. You are never alone in this, because intercession is praying together with Jesus and the Holy Spirit in searching the heart of the Father to do His will on earth as it is in heaven.
Intercession is an ongoing and growing understanding of God’s Father heart, with two important consequences: standing in the gap and transformation of the land.
“So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one” (Ezekiel 22:30)
There is nothing passive about intercession. The original word for intercession is ‘paga’ and has different meaning such as: clashing , to penetrate, to attack, to intervene, to beg, peacemaker.
Prayer changes the spiritual atmosphereYou are called to represent Jesus at the place where you live and work, so people will be reconciled with God the Father. Do you know how big the impact of a blessing is for the people in your surrounding? It changes the spiritual atmosphere in your sphere of influence! A blessing spoken in the name of God the Almighty, will make way for the work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of those people so they will return to God and His name will be exalted. Imagine what would happen if every believer would realize this and would be such a blessing in his or her sphere of influence! Satan would lose territory very quickly because he has to make room for God’s peace that is spoken out.
In his book ‘Prayer Evangelism’ Ed explains four things Jesus taught us to do for the lost. The principles of prayer evangelism are taught in several places in the Bible, but the most complete model is found in Luke 10:5,8,9. This is the only occasion in the Gospels where Jesus spells out an evangelistic method. “Whatever house you enter, first say, “Peace be to this house.” And whatever city you enter, and they receive you, eat what is set before you; and heal those in it who are sick, and say to them, “The kingdom of God has come near to you”.
2. Fellowship with them.
3. Take care of their needs.
4. Proclaim the good news.
They are organized demonic forces, spiritual powers, and rulers of darkness. We war against spirits of violence, confusion, greed, hate, murder, rebellion, fear, lust, and perversion that are hovering over cities and nations. These evil powers and principalities have established strongholds that no atomic bomb, nuclear weapon, or carnal weapon can destroy. The only power strong enough to penetrate these evil forces and pull down these strongholds is strategic level warfare prayer.
A basis description of the armor of God used for our warfare is given in Ephesians 6:10-17. The purpose of the armor is to be able to stand against the wiles (deceit, cunning, craftiness) of the enemy, Satan. The phrase ‘put on’ means to ‘put on once and for all’. Your spiritual armor is not like an athletic uniform you put on at game time. You put on the armor and leave it on the rest of your life. You will not lay it down until you go to be with the Lord. If you do not have your armor on at all times, you are vulnerable to the enemy.
Strategic prayer-walking is simply what the name reflects. An individual or team walks through specific, strategic areas of a city, praying as they walk.
Although prayer-walking, as a term, is never mentioned in scripture, the Old Testament has several passages relating to this practice. God spoke to Abraham, saying: Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee (Genesis 13:17).
Nehemiah compassed the city of Jerusalem prior to commencing the work of rebuilding the wall (Nehemiah 2:11-18).
Perhaps the most familiar example is the account of Joshua conquering the city of Jericho (Joshua 6). God told Joshua: Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you… (Joshua 1:3). Walking around Jericho for seven days before the walls collapsed is a tremendous model of joining man’s availability with God’s miraculous ability to accomplish His purposes.
In the New Testament, Jesus prayerfully looked over the city of Jerusalem (Matthew 23:37-39), and the apostle Paul was stirred as he saw the city of Athens full of idols (Acts 17:16).
The Bible clearly instructs us to pray for our cities: And seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be carried away captives, and pray unto the Lord for it: for in the peace thereof shall ye have peace (Jeremiah 29:7).
Prayer-walking is a great way to obey this command and systematically cover a community with prayer.
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