Intercession is prayer offered by one person on behalf of another. The offering of such prayers was one of the tasks of Old Testament priests, though prophets and even kings could also intercede – 1 Samuel 7: 5 ” Then Samuel told them, ” gather all of Israel to Mizpah, and I will pray to the Lord for you. “ The New Testament goes even farther in suggesting that all Christians have a responsibility to offer prayers of intercession. The body of Christ leaders, such as Paul and elders, were especially challenged to pray for others. Intercession is the self-sacrificial work of pouring one’s self out for others in prayer.
Christ is the great intercessor and a model for us. While on earth he prayed for both friends and enemies, and he is now in the presence of the Father, bringing our hurts and sorrows and weaknesses to the Father. In His of “ standing in the gap ” for us He:
- left the comfort and glory of heaven – Revelation 22: 7 ” Look, I am coming soon! Blessed are those who obey the words of prophecy written in this book. ‘;
- took on our nature and our place in life – Isaiah 54: 5-8 ” For your creator will be your husband; the Lord of heaven’s armies is his name! He is your redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, the God of all the earth…“;
- became a servant – Mark 10: 45 ” For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many. “;
- became subject to death. Completely pouring himself out for those He interceded for – Philippians 2: 8 ” he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. “;
- got results. And is bringing many to glory as a result of what He has done – Hebrews 9: 15 ” That is why he is the one who mediates a new covenant between God and people, so that all who are called can receive the eternal inheritance God has promised them…“