Habits of the Highly Effective Intercessor – Prayer & Worship
There are several successful habits of the highly effective Intercessor.
It goes without saying that if you intend on being an effective intercessor you must cultivate a lifestyle of prayer and worship.
The following are some of the things that will help you cultivate such a lifestyle.
1) A Time and Place to Pray – Having a special time and place to pray speaks about your discipline and consistency in meeting with God. It shows that you honor God and are committed to building your fellowship with the Holy Spirit!
Also, we are creatures of habit and when you meet with God regularly your spirit actually begins to anticipate the meeting and prepares itself for that meeting.
As your regular prayer session draws near your spirit literally begins to prepare to meet with God and to receive all that He has to share with you. This is what faith is all about it’s about being in an atmosphere of total expectancy, ready and waiting to receive from God!
This one activity alone will help tremendously in allowing you to explode with the power of God when you begin to pray.
2) A Habit of Praising God – I am continually amazed every Sunday morning in church, witnessing how it’s possible for Christians to be in the manifest presence of God and not be moved to physically respond to Him.
I am even more amazed at how some of these same people will cheer at a football game or weep at the movies while defending their not praising God by saying they’re not very emotional or expressive.
First of all lets clear up one myth. You do not have to be very emotional or expressive to openly praise God! Praising God is primarily an act of your will – you choose to praise Him! Whether you feel to or not, you make a decision and then carry it out!
Here’s some information that will facilitate a habit of praising God.
There are (7) seven ascensions or steps of praise leading up to the experience of worship! Each step typifies a different kind of praise or a different action in praise and is identified by a different Hebrew word.
The first step of praise is identified by the word “Towdah” and it means “To lift your hands as a sacrifice of thanksgiving.” Right here is where most people fail “Praise School” they go through the entire church service waiting on a feeling to praise God that never comes.
In the Old Testament the priest were actually taught how to praise God and the first thing that they were taught was how to “Towdah” how to give SACRIFICIAL PRAISE!
That means praising God when you don’t FEEL like it, ESPECIALLY when you don’t feel like it! This is the first ascension of praise on the way to experiencing worship!
Ps 50:23 Whoso offereth praise (towdah) glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.
The second step of praise is called “Yadah” and means “To throw up your hands intensively in reverence.” The meaning is almost the same as “Towdah” the main difference is shown by the word ‘intensively.’
What this says is that it’s no longer a sacrifice to raise your hands but now it’s a joy to do so. In other words, it’s same action but with a different attitude!
Ps 107:15 Oh that men would praise (yadah) the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men.
The third step is identified by the word “Halal” and it means, “to boast, to rave, to celebrate, to be clamorously foolish.” To put you more into the picture lets get the meaning of some of these words.
The word “rave” means, “to speak out wildly, to talk with extreme enthusiasm, to move or advance violently,” the word “clamorous” means, “noisily insistent” so when you see Sis. ‘X’ running around the pews in the church or Bro. ‘Y’ jumping up and down at the back they’re simply manifesting the third ascension of praise, which is called “Halal.”
Ps 150:1 Praise (halal) the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; Praise him in his mighty expanse. Ps 149:3 Let them praise (halal) his name in the dance…
The fourth ascension of praise is characterized by the word “Shabach” and means, “to shout, to address in a loud tone, to command, to triumph.” This is what the army of Israel did to tear down the walls of Jericho, they were commanded to “Shabach!”
This is what you need to do sometimes when you’ve tried everything else and nothing seems to work for you. You need to SHOUT!
“Shabaching” is really cheering on the host of heaven to work on your behalf to bring to pass the things you have been praying about all along! And this shouldn’t be anything strange to us; we do it in the natural all the time when we cheer on our favorite team to win the championship or our favorite player to score that vital point! Now we need to do it for Jesus – and for ourselves!
Ps 145:4 One generation shall praise (shabach) thy works to another and declare thy mighty acts.
The fifth dimension of praise is called “Zamar” and means, “to play upon a musical instrument, to celebrate in song and music, to sing praises.”
This is particularly interesting to me because it’s not until we reach the fifth ascension of praise that we see music being introduced to the act of praise. Yet some people act as though you can’t praise God without music!
The fact is, it’s the actual offering of the person playing the musical instrument that makes the sounds or melodies acceptable praises to God! Not the actual sounds or melodies in and of themselves.
The act of praising God is supposed to originate from within the person and manifested through the skillful playing of the instrument! But it’s what comes from within the person that is really accepted by God, not so much the external sounds or melodies being played. He accepts the music because of WHO is making it and what that person’s motive and attitude is at the time.
Ps. 57:8-9 Awake my glory; awake harp and lyre, I will awaken the dawn! I will give thanks to Thee, O Lord among the peoples; I will sing praises (zamar) to Thee among the nations.
The sixth area of praise is none other than “Barak,” which means, “to kneel down, to bless God as an act of adoration.” This where we begin to get silent before the lord and nothing else seems to matter, the world around us disappears and everyone else ceases to exist. We are caught up in His presence and He alone matters at that time! This is where our body, soul and spirit are being prepared for the final dimension of praise!
Ps 34:1 I will bless (barak) the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
Number seven is “Tehillah” which means “song of the spirit,” it comes from a root word meaning, “to shine with the favor of God.” So in other words “Tehillah” is the realm of praise where God begins to respond to the attention that you have been showing Him all along.
“Tehillah” is the seventh and final ascension of praise where you begin to enter into worship!
Praise is you giving something to God – Worship is God giving something to you in response! Praise is you wooing God – Worship is God responding to your courtship!
I call praise and worship spiritual intercourse. Don’t you Christians confess that Jesus is the sweet lover of your soul? Well, what do you mean by that? I’m simply giving you the explanation for what you already feel inside and know to be true.
“Tehillah” is the experience of rapturous spiritual love making between you and your Lord Jesus, which is what the act of worship really is!
Ps 22:3 But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises (tehillah) of Israel.
Isa 61:3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise (tehillah) for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.
Praise and worship draws you closer to God. It is in the atmosphere of worship where your spirit is open to receive revelation from God. Revelation from God makes for accurate and powerful intercessory prayer.
A lifestyle of prayer and worship helps you to become a highly effective Intercessor.