As intercessor and watchman, you are appointed as God’s secretary. Your assignment is to search through the divine Biblical calendar, discover His promises and appointments—which are yet to be completed, and remind The LORD that it is time to fulfill His Word. Intercessors GIVE BIRTH to the promise. Isaiah 62: 6-7 states, “On your walls, O Jerusalem, I have appointed WATCHMEN; all day and all night they will never Keep silent. You who remind the Lord, take no rest until He establishes and make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.”
Intercession is not only PRAYING TO GOD, but PRAYING WITH GOD. Jeremiah 27:18 states, “If they are Prophets, and if the Word of the Lord is with them; let them now entreat the Lord of Hosts.” True intercession is both offensive and defensive in action. Hence, do not approaching God only with your “To Do” Prayer List. Do not focus solely on praying about your “stuff” and issues around you. Do not become bogged down with the cares of this world. Instead, entreat and beseech the Lord of hosts. When you go before Him in prayer, cast your burden on Him! Release it! Cast down every overwhelming thought and purpose, and bring it into captivity to the obedience of Christ. 1 Peter 5:7 tells us to “cast ALL our care upon the Lord because He cares for us.” He will sustain and defend us. He will never allow the righteous to be shaken! (See Psalm 55:22].
We are in constant warfare both defensively and offensively. It is a twofold tactic. Therefore, you must first have a defensive plan: Guard yourself against the tactics or schemes of the enemy and come against his evil works. Second, you must also execute your offensive plan: Pray for the power of the Holy Spirit’s work to flow through you tearing down the strongholds the enemy has formed in your mind through deception, fear-based accusations, and old wrong painful thinking. We are commanded in Romans 2:1-2 to present ourselves to God, not to conform to the world, but to be transformed, and to renew our mind continuously. “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” The good news is that we are not alienated in this continuous warfare. Our victories are sure in the presence and power of the Holy Spirit.
Consequently, give and commit your “To Do” Prayer List to the Lord. Start by coming to God with a blank piece of paper and pen, ready to write down what the Father is saying to you. Began praying offensively by following the Lord’s leading and focus on whatever the Holy Spirit wants you to pray about. Establish an intent to fight! Take your position between God and His world. Focus on what God is doing. Direct your prayers to bring forth His will on earth as it is in Heaven. Matthew 6:10 – “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” The best defense is a good offense, as the saying goes.
Throughout the Scriptures, there are many instances where God’s person or army occasionally strike first and the Devil’s only resolve was to try a counterattack. [E.g., David ran toward Goliath was an illustration of staying on the offensive when engaging in spiritual warfare, 1 Samuel 17:31-58; 2 Kings 13:14-19, outlines six strategies Elisha launched in successful war against the enemy; Paul the apostle taught that, “The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds” (2 Corinthians 10:4); In John 10:16 Jesus’ declared His mission to reach, restore and liberate His flock [mankind]. He offensively and triumphantly advanced into Satan’s territory and fulfilled His purpose on that glorious day—He nailed ordinances that was against you and me, disarmed principalities and powers, and made a public example of them, displaying them as captives in His triumphal procession to the cross. Hallelujah!! What the enemy and his foes assumed was a defeat was in actuality a historical victory for those who believe! “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.” (Read Colossians 2:13-15).
Are you born again of the Spirit? No? Then invite Jesus into your heart to save you from your sins: Admit that you are a sinner, believe in Jesus by putting your trust in Him, and confess Him as your Lord and Savior. Read Romans 10:9-10 – “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”
Yes, you are a believer? Then, you are forgiven, you are redeemed incorruptible, you are free through and through, because you walk in Him you are not condemned, and you partake in God-given Kingdom authority! You are created to live and move in the Spirit.
As a final point, the Holy Spirit is pleading for historical covenants to be enacted today so we can pray the heart of our heavenly Father. He is urging us to pray for circumstance(s) which we have little knowledge of so He can intervene. Instead of seeking to fulfill our own agenda in prayer, we should be hearing, seeing, feeling, and smelling in unison with the Father. Ask HIM: What are YOU doing? How can I cooperate with what YOU are doing? We have to renew our mind when we approach God.
STAND IN THE GAP IN GOD-INSPIRED, GOD-DIRECTED INTERCESSION.
Scriptures to Grow By:
- Romans 9:33 says “just as it is written, ‘Behold, I lay in Zion a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense, and he who believes in Him will not be disappointed.’”
- 2 Corinthians 10:4-6 – For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
- Philippians 2:5- Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus]
- Matthew 22:37-38 – And He said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.