I realize that a small percentage of the church is called to be before God in a house of prayer through night and day prayer, but all believers are called to cultivate a lifestyle of intercession and prayer. With that said, this article will discuss one of the most over looked areas of intercession, Apostolic Intercession.
What is Apostolic Intercession? Apostolic intercession is the prayers of the Apostles. There are over 30 apostolic prayers in the New Testament. It tells us in the scriptures that the Apostles gave them selves to only two things, prayer and ministering the Word of God (see Acts 6:1-4). They understood that power was released as they interceded, prior to ministering the Word of God.
How strong is the life style of prayer of apostolic leaders today? I recently attended a gathering of leaders where three sessions passed before the first prayer was offered. There were great discussions about revival, ministry and transformation, but prayer was never mentioned. Have we who were birthed in the move of God forgotten where we came from? Have we become so presumptuous in our authority that we forget where that authority is delivered?
Since Apostolic Intercession is our voice of authority it would be good to understand the power released through intercession. This voice will produce action and strength in you and those you are interceding for. Below are specific purposes of apostolic intercession.
#1) Apostolic intercession is solely directed to the church.
The reason there are no apostolic intercession themes directed towards the lost is because God knows what He is doing. God knows if the bride of Christ (the church) is prayed for on a continuum, the fruit of this intercession will move her into power and she will evangelize, preach, prophesy and move in miracles. Thus many will be saved.
#2) Apostolic intercession does not entertain the enemy of God.
The reason apostolic intercession does not pray against Satan is because God is smart. Our Father knows when the church is prayed for, and she has revelation, wisdom and understanding into the knowledge of Jesus, she will be fascinated with Him. She will be standing in His light, thus she will have no fear of Satan. In her revelation of Jesus she will know of and experience her authority and power. She will know she is the hope of Jesus’ calling. Her eyes will be opened more and more into the kingdom of God. Thus the enemy of God is recognized as powerless and toothless to the believer who is fully gazing on Jesus.
Note the last sentence in Ephesians 1:19. …”great power for all those who believe”. To believe God is to take Him at His word. To agree with Him is how you will move in the authority that rests on you. As you pray in according to Ephesians 1:17-19 you will experience the power of God.
I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. (Ephesians 1:17-19)
#3) Apostolic intercession does not address sin.
When the church agrees with Ephesians 3:16-19 she will be strengthened in her soul. As she is rooted and grounded in Christ’s love and she is experiencing the height, depth, width and length of Christ love, she will not be sinning.
#4) Here are a few Apostolic Intercession addresses for you. Begin praying them over yourself and the your local churches and globally.
Ephesians 3:16-19 – Prayer to receive the Spirit’s power that Jesus’ Presence be manifest in us so we experience God’s love.
Acts 4:29-31 – Prayer to release boldness in the church as Jesus releases signs, wonders and miracles.
Ephesians 1:17-19 – Prayer for revelation of Jesus’ beauty that we might walk in our calling and destiny by God’s power.
Phil. 1:9-11 – Prayer for God’s love to abound in us by the knowledge of God resulting in righteousness in our life.
Col. 1:9-11 – Prayer to know God’s will, to be fruitful in ministry and strengthened by intimacy with God.
Rom. 15:5-6, 13 – Prayer for unity in the church and to be filled with supernatural joy, peace and hope (confidence).
1 Cor. 1:5-8 – To be enriched by all the gifts of the Spirit including powerful preaching and prophetic revelation.
1 Thes. 3:10-13 – For the release of grace to bring the Church to maturity especially to abound in love and holiness.
2 Thes. 1:11-12 – Pray to be worthy (prepared or made spiritually mature) to walk in the fullness of our destiny in God.
A lifestyle of intercession and prayer will make “Living Lighter Today” a reality.
QUESTION OF THE DAY
I challenge you to pray (using one of these passages of intercession) for your local church for two weeks and then write me and let me know what shifts you see in your local church?