Intercessory prayer

Intercessory prayer is not a display of emotion, though the emotions of the person will manifest. Nor is intercessory prayer a result of ones intellect, which produces great sounding prayers, though intercession may result in a great sounding prayer.

Instead, intercessory prayer is the result of when the Spirit of God grips a man / woman so hard, that they have no choice but to allow the Holy Spirit to pray through them. Intercessory prayer is when the man or woman of God knows their position in Christ and grasps hold of the promises of God and will not waver in fear before the Lord, but with great Spirit filled boldness, will present their requests, will present their arguments, will present and wrestle with God, until they can pray no more.

The intercessor will come to the point where they can pray no more, they reach the limit of their faith, and cry out to God, God, I need your gift of faith, I need your spirit to sustain me in prayer. Within this framework the Spirit of God will manifest the faith of God within the intercessory to pray with the gift of faith. And the intercessor knows that when that gift of faith to pray has been given, they have a responsibility to continue to pray through, until they can pray no more.

They can pray no more, because they have prayed through the situation. Deep within them, they know that God has answered their prayer. Deep down within their inner being, they know beyond all doubt of what the eye can see, that their prayers have been answered. The know that the spiritual battle has been won. They know that God has heard their prayers, because they know that the Spirit of God was praying through them, using them as a catalyst and a co-joiner of the things of God. 

Though weary with the battle, the intercessor can only praise and worship our heavenly father, thanking him for answering their prayer. Thanking him for that which is yet to come, though in their own inner being, they have already seen the answer already, and therefore that which is not, is as if it already is.

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3 Responses to Intercessory prayer

  1. tildeb says:

    Umm… intercessory prayer means praying on behalf of another for divine intervention. It causes no discernible effect. In other words, it doesn’t work to cause the interventionist effect prayed for beyond chance.

    So when you assert with such confidence but without compelling evidence that Deep within them, they know that God has answered their prayer. Deep down within their inner being, they know beyond all doubt of what the eye can see, that their prayers have been answered you reveal with clarity why this kind of ‘knowledge’ is equivalent in all ways with delusion. There is nothing in reality to support the claim that it is efficacious and very strong evidence that it is not. So to assert that someone knows intercessory prayers have been answered, it is clear that you can know no such thing except by maintaining a faith that it is so that stands contrary to and in conflict with evidence from reality. That just so happens to be how we define delusion.

    • Craig Benno says:

      Tildeb, once again you display your profound ignorance of the things of God.

      It’s been my experience and that of many others, that within the scope of prayer and intercession, we know beyond all doubt that what we have asked for has been answered. There is a deep inner knowing, that it has been answered. I take it you have never read anything about George Muller, who was a pioneer in running . schooling orphans. He did so solely on faith. Not once did he publicly ask for money to build buildings, pay staff, food for the 1000’s of orphans he cared for.

      And not once did they go without food. On one occasion when the pantry was empty, the milk delivery drivers wheel fell of his cart right in front of the orphanage, and he gave all the milk to them, and a baker came in after with a delivery of bread, telling them he was compelled in the early morning to bake up a donation for them.

      I could give you other personal examples of God prompting my wife and I to give to others, who had been praying for those things, but I won’t as that would be breaking those confidences.

  2. tildeb says:

    I suspect I am as profoundly ignorant of ‘the things of god’ as any other living being; I don’t pretend to know what I don’t know or assume that my beliefs are somehow superior to reality. I don’t think I should consider this ignorance a character flaw.

    Your ‘beyond doubt’ does not mean anything independent of your certainty in faith; the two go hand in hand. But that doesn’t alter my point that intercessory prayer does not cause effect beyond chance. As much as you don’t want to give this fact any credence, it is still a point against your certainty claim.

    Now imagine, if you will, what it might do if prayers by the faithful of your denomination actually and consistently caused a statistically meaningful positive effect compared to some other denomination. Can you even imagine? You’d be first in line singing out praises while using this evidence in your favour without a second thought!

    But lacking any such evidence, you discard the need for evidence beyond interpretative testimonials even when there is no statistical efficacy to prayer of any kind. That’s rather a ‘selective’ method, don’t you think? After all, how would you know if you were wrong? But besides this, you know this ‘without a doubt’ interpretation is no such thing because the same reliance on testimonials is used by all major religions to back up their particular claims even when contrary to your own. Yet there is no way to determine which of these is better informed than any other, no independent method that can be brought to bear to differentiate which group of testimonials outweigh their opposites using something other than faith…. Oh, wait a second… actually, there is… but because it reveals in fact what is against your beliefs you call it a profound ignorance of the things of god. Funny, that.

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