Excerpt from Pastor Galvano's book "Intercessory prayer & Warfare Manual".
What is Intercession?
Intercession is the act of going on behalf of someone
else that 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 Gods
immediate attention. Intercession touches the very heart of God, the
Ministry of Jesus and the help of the Holy Spirit. Intercession requires
a giving up and giving unto, as act of Gods love, mercy and compassion.
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 wants. The purpose of intercession is to:
Secure Healing (James 5:14-16);
There are, of course, many more reasons and purposes. As you begin to study to show yourself approved unto God, He will reveal much more. Intercession goes all the way to heaven and throughout all eternity. In studying intercession, there are Scriptures in Jeremiah showing that God did not receive prayers because of disobedience and worship of idols. (Jeremiah 7; 11:7-12; 11:13-18 and 11:19:22).
Intercession is to be made:
For all those in authority, which includes the 5-fold
ministry gifts (Ephesians 4:11-16; Romans 10:14-15);
Who is an Intercessor?
An intercessor is someone:
Who intercedes on behalf of someone else, a born-again
believer, who has been washed in the Blood of Jesus;
Who is God fearing and willing to give up their schedules,
time and plans on behalf of another;
Who does not mind being interrupted by the Holy Spirit
Who is not only filled with the Holy Spirit, but has the
evidence of speaking in other tongues (heavenly language);
Who has a heart after Gods own heart;
Who lives a life of repentance and is sanctified unto
God, holy and set aside to be used of God, presenting their bodies as
a yielded vessel;
An intercessor is confident that Jehovah God hears their
prayers and will answer them according to his Word. He watches over
His word to perform it. It is the Will of God for all believers to pray
and not lose heart, faint or quit! (Luke 1:38; Luke 18:1; Colossians
What are the Qualities of an Intercessor?
Gods love is described as Hasad/Agape, that no matter what we do, His love NEVER changes. He always wants the best for us. We are His children. His mercy endures forever. As an intercessor, we cannot be a respecter of persons, and we must walk in unconditional love! The same Jehovah is doing good work in all of us that are called by His Name. It is a divine privilege to be used by God to pray for someone, especially in the Body of Christ. We are our brothers keeper. God wants His people totally free.
KNOWLEDGE OF GODS WORD
Praying the Word of God is powerful. It ushers in help from our Angels in heaven that have charge over us. As believers, we must study to show ourselves approved unto God. We must keep our minds transformed and renewed with Gods Word that we not be conformed to this world. Vain repetitious prayers do not move God. We must keep the Word of God on our mouth, in our eyes and ears, writing it on the tablets of our hearts. 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. We must meditate so we can believe what we speak. We must speak to release the power. Knowledge of Gods Word is the only way to know your blood-bought rights and authority against the devil.
Nine (9) Attributes of an Intercessor
1. ABANDONMENT Willing to abandon all self-interest
about what is being prayed;
Examples of Intercessors
Moses - Exodus 32:11-13
Establishing an Effective Prayer Ministry
All ministries must pray in order to succeed and prosper.