Text: Daniel 9: 1-19.
Topic: Restoring the Ministry of Intercession in the 21 st Century.
The gift of Intercession is special gift whereby the Spirit enables certain Christians to pray for
extended periods of time with great positive effect for the building of the Kingdom. Prayer is
given on a regular basis, and frequent and specific answers to the prayers are seen to a much
greater degree than with most Christians. There is a certainty that the prayers are heard and that
answers will come. The special ability empowers the Christian to pray faithfully for others and to
identify specific responses to those prayers.
Intercession is however one of those gifts that is not expressly identified as a spiritual gift in the
New Testament. In that, it is widely recognized as an activity that was used to great effect by the
disciples of the early church. Paul interceded regularly in prayer on behalf of the churches he
established, and Timothy taught the importance of intercessory prayer.
Therefore prayer for others is considered a Christian vocation - we are all to do it. But some
people are gifted in such a way that their “prayer channel” seems to be uniquely static free.
These people have a kind of prayer ministry whereby they spend a great deal of time in prayer in
the full knowledge that God is listening and he answers heartfelt prayer.
In addition, Intercession is the act of going on behalf of someone else who needs help from Almighty
God, to be merciful and gracious unto someone else and not self.
It most cases it is prayer for those whose situations or circumstances need the mercy
and grace of God’s immediate attention.
Intercession touches the very heart of God, the Ministry of Jesus and the help of the
Intercession requires a giving up and giving unto, as act of God’s love, mercy and
The intercessor must be ready and sensitive to God at all times, totally yielded to Him,
and willing to be touched by the infirmities of someone else.
Intercession requires you to become selfless, forgetting about your needs, desires and
The Purpose Of an Intercession:
1. Secure Healing (James 5:14-16);
2. Avert Judgment (Numbers 14:11-21);
3. Insure Deliverance (I Samuel 7:5-9);
4. Give Blessings (Numbers 6:23-27);
5. Obtain Restoration (Ezekiel 22; Job 48:8-10);
6. Encourage Repentance (Romans 10:1-4);
7. Draw Nearer to God as Abba Father to Change His Mind (Exodus 32:7-14).
Who is an Intercessor and his Characteristics: An intercessor is a born-again believer,
who has been washed in the Blood of Jesus:
a. One who intercedes on behalf of others;·
b. Who is God fearing and willing to sacrifice his schedule, time and plans
c. Who does not mind being interrupted by the Holy Spirit for prayer;
d. Who has a heart after God’s own heart;
e. Who lives a life of repentance and is sanctified unto God, holy and set
apart for God;
f. An intercessor is confident that God hears his prayers and will answer
2. An Intercessor must have
a. UNCONDITIONAL LOVE
i. As an intercessor, we cannot be a respecter of
Persons and we must possess unconditional love!
ii. The same God is doing good work in all.
iii. God is not willing that any should perish.
iv. It is a divine privilege to be used by God to pray for someone.
v. We are our brother’s keeper.
b. He must have a KNOWLEDGE OF GOD’S WORD
i. Praying the Word of God is powerful.
ii. It ushers in help from our Angels in heaven that have charge over us.
iii. As believers, we must study to show ourselves approved unto God.
iv. We must keep our minds transformed and renewed with God’s Word that we not be
conformed to this world.
v. We must keep the Word of God on our mouth, in our eyes and ears, writing it on the
tablets of our hearts.
vi. The Word of God says in Isaiah 34:16 to seek out the book of the Lord and read. We
must read to know what to say.
vii. We must meditate so we can believe what we speak.
viii. We must speak to release the power.
ix. Knowledge of God’s Word is the only way to know your blood-bought rights and
authority against the devil.
The nine Attributes of an Intercessor:
1. ADVOCACY - Being an Advocate for others – Willing to go in another person’s
place and plead their case before God, acting like Jesus; Matthew 23:37. O
Jerusalem, Jerusalem, [thou] that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are
sent unto thee, how often would I have gatheblack thy children together, even as a
hen gathereth her chickens under [her] wings, and ye would not!
2. ABANDONMENT - Being willing to Abandon self – Willing to abandon all self-
interest about what is being prayed;
3. ACCEPTANCE - Being willing to Accept others – Willing to accept the
assignment to pray for someone that you do not even like;
4. AWARENESS - Being Aware of the needs of others – Willing to be sensitive,
and look beyond the person to make it happen for someone else;
5. ACCOUNTABILITY - Being Accountable for the results – Willing to risk
placing yourself in the position of fulfilling the need if God will not; Exodus
32:32. Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin—; and if not, blot me, I pray thee,
out of thy book which thou hast written. Romans 9:3 For I could wish that
myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the
6. AGONIZING - Being willing to bear the Agony of others – Willing to bear the
hurts of others and feel what they feel. Jesus was touched by our infirmities;
Matthew 8:16-17 When the even was come, they brought unto him many that
were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with [his] word, and healed
all that were sick: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the
prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare [our] sicknesses.
7. AVAILABILITY - Being Available to the work of intercession – Willing to
always be available for God; holy, submissive, yielded, and humble. The world
looks for ability. God only needs availability He can enable and equip;
8. ABIDING - Abiding in Christ – John 15:5 I am the vine, ye [are] the branches:
He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for
without me ye can do nothing. 6. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a
branch, and is wither; and men gather them, and cast [them] into the fire, and they
are burned. 7. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye
will, and it shall be done unto you.
9. AUTHORITY - Praying with Authority – Willing to go boldly before the Throne
of God without begging, understanding the authority that belongs to the born-
Examples of intercessors:
1. Moses - Exodus 32:11-13
2. Paul - Colossians 1:9-12
3. Joshua - Joshua 7:6-7 And Joshua rent his clothes, and fell to the
earth upon his face before the ark of the LORD until the eventide, he
and the elders of Israel, and put dust upon their heads. And Joshua
said, Alas, O Lord GOD, wherefore hast thou at all brought this
people over Jordan, to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to
destroy us? Would to God we had been content, and dwelt on the
other side Jordan!
4. Jehoshaphat - II Chronicles 20:5-13
5. Isaiah - II Chronicles 32:20
6. David - Daniel 9:3-19
7. Christ - John 17:1-26