There are several successful habits of the Highly Effective Intercessor.
The first is reading and studying the word of God regularly.
We are commanded to both read and study to show ourselves approved as workers or ministers of God and particularly as effective Intercessors.
In my opinion, every Christian should read the bible through at least once in their lifetime and if called to a leadership ministry at least once every couple of years while pursuing specific areas of study along the way.
As an Effective Intercessor the habit of reading and studying the Word of God helps you in:
1) Having Accurate and Comprehensive Knowledge of the Word of God
Being accurate means not misquoting or misrepresenting scriptures, for instance: Saying that money is the root of all evil when the scripture actually says that THE LOVE of money is the root of all evil.
It also means understanding the meaning of the scripture and not just being able to repeat it like a parrot.
For instance, a very simple example is the 6th commandment: “Thou shalt not kill.” Have you ever killed… a Mosquito, a Fly, an Ant? Of course you have, so it doesn’t mean exactly what it says, does it?
No it doesn’t, it needs to be interpreted, do you see that?
What the 6th commandment actually means is, “You must not UNLAWFULLY take the life of a human being.”
Having a comprehensive knowledge of the bible means being familiar with the entire word of God from Genesis to Revelation and is necessary in order to fully understand the mind of God.
For instance, the book of Revelation is written with lots of signs and symbols and is generally very difficult to understand.
However, there are a lot of concepts in the book of Revelation that are also discussed in other parts of the bible like the books of Ezekiel, Daniel and Matthew, so if you were also familiar with these books it would be much easier to understand the book of Revelation.
Having an accurate and comprehensive knowledge of the word of God therefore, will aid you in knowing the will of God in any particular situation.
And knowing God’s will and the mind of God obviously will increase your level of effectiveness as an intercessor.
2) Knowing the Will of God.
When you are in intercession and receiving impressions from the spirit realm you must be able to match up what you receive to what the will of God actually is according to His word.
The reason is, you may hear not just the voice of God but also ANY voice in the spirit realm.
For instance, the enemy is always trying to trip you up and cause you to pray contrary to God’s will, so he sends you impressions that may seem like they’re coming from God but are contrary to God’s will, that’s why you’ve got to be very discerning and know God’s written will.
Also, you may be praying with someone who desire’s a certain thing from the Lord but what he desires is NOT the will of God for him at that time.
And this person’s thoughts and emotions may be so strong that as a prayer warrior with a very sensitive spirit you may actually pick up this person’s thoughts and feelings from the spirit realm and NOT the thoughts and emotions of God.
So, you’ve got to be intimate with the mind of God in order to keep yourself from going into error.
You also need to know God’s will in order to effectively judge the prayers of anyone else.
This may come as a surprise to some of you but you’ve got to be able to accurately judge the intelligence and godliness of the prayers that people pray.
Why, you ask?
For two reasons, first, when young or immature Christians pray they will make mistakes due to their inexperience and ignorance, this is to be expected.
So it’s the responsibility of the more mature Christians to guide these younger Christians to pray more effectively as time goes by.
Secondly, there are witches being sent out into churches specifically to infiltrate the prayer groups and do the enemy’s work.
While every body else is praying they may be calling up demonic spirits to oppress Christians and hinder the work of that church.
This is one reason why it is very dangerous to have prayer meetings where everyone just goes and prays alone or in which everyone just prays out loud together at the same time with no one monitoring the prayers of anyone else.
This environment is ripe for Satanists to cast spells and do incantations against the very prayer group and the church that it represents.
For this reason you must be able to listen and intelligently judge the content of someone else’s prayer.
“Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.” 1 Cor 2:13
3) Possessing an Alert Mind.
The overall quality of your mental processes are enhanced – more speed and efficiency.
You are able to process information coming from the spirit realm and articulate it in natural speech more fluently.
Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation. Ps 119:98-99
Remember, in intercessory prayer your spirit connects with God and receives instructions from Him, then your mind has to interpret what your spirit received making sense of it before you can speak it out loud.
The capability of your mind and quality of your mental processes will either help or hinder the effectiveness of your intercessory prayers.
4) Practicing Wisdom and Spiritual Maturity.
Zeal without wisdom is a very dangerous thing.
When God begins revealing information to you about someone that you are praying for, some of the information may be personal and sensitive and one requires wisdom to know how and when to apply that information.
Not everything that you sense from the spirit realm needs to be prayed for immediately!
It can be kept and prayed for later, in private.
“And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” 2 Tim 3:15
“All of us do many wrong things. But if you can control your tongue, you are mature and able to control your whole body.” James 3:2 (CEV)
I have been in several prayer meetings where someone prayed aloud about something that needed to be kept quiet and prayed about later in private because it was of a sensitive and personal nature.
This eventually caused more problems than solving them and was directly caused by a lack of experience and wisdom.
5) Cultivating Discernment.
You are in tune with the spirit realm around you and have your spiritual senses enhanced.
You have the ability to distinguish between right and wrong, truth and error, according to the word of God and sense if a manifestation is of the Spirit of the Lord or a different spirit.
“But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” Heb 5:14
The spirit of Religion is a demonic spirit which imitates the Holy Spirit almost to perfection.
If you are not discerning it’s easy to get caught up believing some of the manifestations of this spirit and be fooled into accepting its doctrines.
The Bible says, “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.” 2 Cor 11:14
When Peter, Jesus’ trusted right hand man began dissuading Him from going to the cross Jesus immediately recognized that this was not just Peter speaking but he was being influenced by a satanic spirit and rebuked it accordingly.
Accurate discernment is an invaluable tool in becoming an effective Intercessor and having a comprehensive and accurate understanding of the word of God goes a long way in developing Godly discernment.
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I’ve observed Christians for over 20 years from the inside out.
I was born again on August 11TH 1988 at about 4:30PM on a Thursday evening. I started preaching 3 years
later and became a full-time Pastor and Bible Teacher in 1997, after 9 years of walking with the Lord.
Here’s what I’ve noticed, we live in an instant society with a Drive-thru mentality and this mind-set is in
the Christian Church.
Sunday morning we pull in and park ourselves in the pews hoping to receive something that will change
our lives and give us control over the circumstances we face daily.
But the average Christian isn’t seriously looking for change!
He doesn’t want anything that would call for too much sacrifice and effort on his part, just something to put some more money in his pocket and make his life a little easier.
We are surely turning into the Laodicean Church of the Book of Revelation. Something is dreadfully wrong with our mindset and we need to fix it urgently.
The average Christian has a “Christian life” and a “normal life” which they try their best to keep separate from each other.
Some of us wear our Christianity only when it suits us and take it off when it doesn’t. And the sad thing is; this seems normal to most… The average Christian thinks that’s the way it should be.
The truth is; that for the true born again Believer there is no duality of experience. We are who we are, representatives of the Kingdom of God, everywhere we go and in everything we do.
For any real change to take place in our lives there must be a change in our philosophy of life, how we perceive the world around us.
What is Christianity?
Both Jesus Christ and His cousin, John the Baptist began their ministry by saying exactly the same thing.
Repent! For the Kingdom of God is at Hand.
That is not a religious statement! Neither John nor Jesus was religious.
That’s a statement of deep, political, psychological and spiritual significance that when we understand and apply it, it will result in profound practical change in our lives.
The change we all need and are looking for desperately. The change that will bring financial; and every other kind of empowerment we desire.
Think about it, referring to Jesus Christ the Bible says, “…The government will be upon His shoulder… Of the increase of His government… there will be no end,” (Isa 9:6)
If that’s not a political statement then what is?
So, “Repent! For the kingdom of God is at hand” is a political statement because the kingdom refers to God’s governmental rule on earth.
The statement is psychological in nature because to “repent” as Jesus and John used it means to change your world-view, to change your philosophy of life and your perception of the world around you.
To repent is to see something in a way you’ve never seen it before and to allow this new perception to become the catalyst for profound change in your life.
Jesus and John were telling the Jews of their day that a new political system had arrived and they needed to respond favorably to it.
They were trying to explain to the people that all the promises God made to the Nation of Israel in the word of God were about to be fulfilled and they needed to prepare themselves for it.
True repentance is the shifting of a paradigm which occurs at the sub-conscious level and results in a conscious decision, followed by corresponding actions. So, “repenting” is psychological in nature.
Finally, this is a spiritual statement because it’s initiated by God who is a Spirit and because obedience to this statement will permanently transform your spiritual condition.
All that I’ve shared here is only the tip of the iceberg of the principles that govern God’s kingdom and of what being a Christian truly is.
The sad thing is that the average Christian has no idea of who she really is. She has a faulty concept of her true identity and destiny as a Child of God and Daughter of the King. She doesn’t understand the principles that govern her own kingdom!
She’s a Citizen of a Nation who doesn’t understand her own constitution, which is enshrined in the pages of the Bible.
The average Christian has no idea of his rights, duties and privileges as a citizen of the Kingdom of God.
The beginning of successful Christian living is first to understand how to apply the fundamental principles that govern the kingdom to which you belong.
That’s why the Bible says, Study to show yourselves approved, so that you won’t be ashamed.
Bible Study is an integral part of discovering who you are in the Kingdom of God.
Victorious and successful Christian living must begin with accurate knowledge and deep understanding of the principles of the kingdom of God as outlined in the Bible, the Word of God.
My heart sank deep within me as the flashing blue and red lights illuminated my rear view mirror.
“Ohhhh nooooo! Awww, God! I can’t believe this! I DO NOT believe this!
“Not another one? Not another speeding ticket! I just paid the last one two weeks ago.”
I’d just left Jake and Suzy’s home after doing a business presentation highlighting my company’s wellness products.
I showed them how their health could be enhanced simply by switching to my company’s better, safer products and they agreed by setting up a Preferred Customer Account.
I, however, left with mixed emotions knowing that I’d just helped another couple begin a healthier lifestyle but realizing too, that I was now guilty of keeping God and my family waiting for me to start our family devotions that night.
And this wasn’t the first time!
So, as guilt laid heavy on my conscience my foot laid heavy on the accelerator.
That’s when the night lit up behind me like a Christmas tree.
My 2004 Toyota Corolla began slowing down as my foot automatically depressed the brake pedal, until I realized I was still on the main road and couldn’t make a safe stop there.
“Idiot,” I chided myself as I turned into the first side street and brought the car to a stop.
Those bright, cheerily, depressing lights followed me.
I slid my fingers into my seat pocket and deftly removed my Driver’s License and in one smooth motion flipped open the Glove Compartment and began rummaging through the assorted documents pretending to look for my vehicle’s registration.
I knew it wasn’t in there.
It was somewhere back at my house but I never bothered looking for it so that I could keep it in the car.
The officer materialized with the customary, “License and registration please?
I handed him my license and continued fiddling with the papers in the Glove Compartment muttering to myself, “Where could this thing be?
He eventually gave up waiting for me to produce the document and assured me he’d be back as he strode back to his unit.
This is when I really laid into myself
“HOW STUPID COULD YOU BE?” The thought pummeled the inside of my head.
“You’re a man of God, you preach to people, you know better!
The irony was that I was speeding home for the family’s Bible Study hour, which should have begun 15 minutes earlier. How ridiculous was that?
“Obey every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, Preacher, don’t you teach this?” I scolded myself.
“What can you teach your family by getting a speeding ticket on your way home to expound the word of God, huh?
I sank deeper into depression as the officer returned and handed me the written judgment.
“Thank you, officer,” I offered weakly as I took the papers and put them on the seat beside me.
On resuming my journey home the Holy Spirit broke through my thoughts with, “So, what did you learn?”
“Huh?” I responded.
“Why did you get yourself in that situation, AGAIN?” He explained.
“I was driving too fast! I should have slowed down. I…
“Yes, yes, but WHY?” He demanded.
“I guess I didn’t prepare properly. I didn’t allow myself enough time to do the business presentation and get back home on schedule for Bible Study.
“And, this demonstrates what to you?”
“That I need to discipline myself and be more diligent in organizing my life?
“Uh huh.” He encouraged. “Go on.”
“I need to pay attention to the little things in my life such as locating the car’s registration and keeping it in the vehicle.
“I need to leave early to arrive early and obey the speed limit. You know, just generally do the right thing for the right reason at the right time.” I continued.
“Because it’s more important that my family see me living the life than just hearing me preach about it.”
“You see son, if you police your own life the way you should, then, it won’t be necessary for me to use the Law to get you in Order… Got it?”