"Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem..."

Psalm 122:6


What is Intercession?

Bishop Greg Stevenson in the Garden of Gethsemane
Bishop Greg Stevenson in the Garden of Gethsemane

Intercession is the act of interceding, praying, or entreating in favor of another. It intervenes between parties to reconcile differences. It occupies a middle position between God and others.

Although the word intercession only occurs 9 times in the bible according to Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, the act of intercession is woven throughout the Old and New Testaments.

The Word of God gives us so many illustrations of mankind standing in the gap to make up the hedge and the consequences when God could not find an intercessor.

“And I sought a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.

“Therefore have I poured out mine indignation upon them; I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath: their way have I recompensed upon their heads, saith the Lord.” Ezekiel 22:30-31

God has always sought for a man-even one man to stand in the gap and build a hedge to turn away His wrath from men and has been disappointed in many generations and with many nations.

Here, God could not find a man with enough influence to turn the people’s hearts away from sin and back to Him, so judgment had to fall.

All who are called into the faith are called intercessors for those things in their sphere of influence. However, as we will see from scripture, God does call some individuals to a specific place as intercessors to fulfill a specific need.

The High Calling

If God has called you to be really like Yeshua in all your spirit, He will draw you into a life of crucifixion and humility and make great demands of obedience. 

He will not allow you to follow other Christians, and in many ways, He will seem to let other good people do things that He will not let you do.

Other Christians and ministers who seem very religious and useful may push themselves, push wires, and work schemes to carry out their plans, but you can not do it. If you attempt to, you will meet with such failure and rebuke from the Lord to make you sorely penitent.

Others can brag about themselves, their work, their success, and their writings, but the Holy Spirit will not allow you to do any such thing, and if you begin it, He will lead you into some deep mortification. 

He will make you despise yourself and all your good works. Others will be allowed to make great sums of money, have a legacy left to them, or have luxuries. 

God may only supply you daily because He wants you to have something far better than gold, which is a helpless dependence on Him, and He may have the privilege of providing your needs daily out of the unseen treasury.

The Lord may let others be honored and put forward and keep you hidden away in obscurity because He wants to produce some choice of fragrant fruit for His coming glory, which can only be produced in the shade.

God will let others be great but keep you small. He will let others do work for Him and get the credit for it, but make your work and toil on without knowing how much you are doing;

And then, to make your work more precious, He will let others get the credit for the work that you have done, and this will make your reward ten times greater when Yeshua comes.

The Holy Spirit will watch over you with a jealous love and rebuke you for little words and feelings or for wasting time, which other Christians never seem distressed over.

So make up your mind that God is an infinite Sovereign and has a right to do as He pleases on His own, and He will not explain to you a thousand things that may puzzle your reason in His dealings with you.

God will take you at your word, and if you absolutely sell yourself to be His slave, He will wrap you up in a jealous love and let other people say and do many things that you cannot do or say.

Settle forever that you are to deal directly with the Holy Spirit and that He is to have the privilege of tying your tongue, chaining your hand, or closing your eyes in ways that others are not dealt with.

Now, when you are so possessed with the living God that you are pleased and delighted in your secret heart over this peculiar, personal, private, jealous guardianship and management of the Holy Spirit over your life, you will have found the vestibule of heaven.