Your Intercession Questions Answered

By Lee Ann Rubsam

Religion & spirituality, Education & teaching, General non-fiction, Health & well-being, Personal growth

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Table of Contents

The Basics
Intercessor Terminology
The Prayer Language
Practical Know-How
Challenges Intercessors Encounter
Spiritual Warfare
Prophetic Experiences
Things to Embrace and Things to Avoid
Additional Terminology


Through many years of writing and teaching on the ministry of intercession, I have been asked a lot of questions, and after a while, I noticed the same ones popping up repeatedly. Sadly, many church leaders have never been taught the ins and outs of intercession and what those who serve the Body of Christ through prayer might encounter in the course of their ministry. As a result, they are unprepared to help those who have these questions.

Because of that, within our churches we have people who pray well and hear valuable information from the Lord, but who feel like nobody understands them. They often don’t know what to do with the revelation they receive or the spiritual experiences which they encounter. If there are no other intercessors within their local fellowship to turn to for support and mentoring, it can be a lonely walk indeed!

That’s why I have written this book for all my fellow prayer warriors. We’re going to try to cover the spectrum from merely satisfying your curiosity on certain points to relieving those nagging questions about whether you are sane or have gone off the deep end. I think many of you will be pleased to find out you are more “normal” than you had imagined!

Let’s begin!

The Basics

What is intercession?

Very simply, it is approaching the throne of God on behalf of others. It spans everything from praying for one person in need to asking God to intervene in world events.

What is the difference between an intercessor and a prayer warrior?

There is no difference. We used to call ourselves prayer warriors, but intercessor is the current cool term. The important thing isn’t what we call ourselves, but what we do – stand in prayer on behalf of someone else and pull down their needed answers from heaven. I use the terms interchangeably.

How do I know if I am an intercessor or not?

First of all, I think we need to stop obsessing so much about what label or title we bear, and just do what the Holy Spirit is prompting us to do.
Prayer should be an important part of every Christian’s life. We can’t carry on a relationship with God if we never talk to Him. Furthermore, it comes quite naturally to us to pray for loved ones and acquaintances who have needs. God has wired us to care about the well-being of others, and therefore, we pray for them as concerns arise. In that sense, every believer should also be an intercessor.
But some of us are more intensely motivated toward intercession. We feel almost driven to pray and seek an-swers for others. When that happens, we have stepped over into an intercessory ministry calling, where it is a primary way we serve the Lord. We become very conscious of our purposefulness in prayer.
Intercessors are not some elite group which you might long to join, but may not be allowed into. If you desire to intercede, that is the Holy Spirit prompting you to do it. Go ahead and move with that urge. As you continue to yield to the Spirit’s nudges to pray, He will give them to you more often, and your intercessory prayer life will grow and deepen.
How do you know if you are an intercessor? If you are even asking the question, you are.

What qualifications must I meet to be an intercessor?

You must be a child of God through faith in the Lord Jesus. That’s it. Just go ahead and start praying – and when you experience promptings to intercede for particular people or circumstances at various times throughout your day, follow through on those impressions. That’s the Holy Spirit calling you into prayer.

Intercessor Terminology

What is “standing in the gap”?

This term comes from Ezekiel 22:30: “And I sought for a man among them, who would make up the hedge and stand in the gap before Me for the land, so that I should not destroy it: but I found none.”
Think in terms of a battle, where the enemy has opened up a breach in the front lines, or has broken down a portion of a city’s wall. A brave soldier rushes to fill in the space where his comrades have fallen, or to stand in the break in the wall, so that the enemy cannot get through. He has the attitude and posture of, “You’re not going any farther, unless it is over my dead body.” That is standing in the gap.
Sometimes we are standing in prayer to fend off Satan’s attack from someone (or from our nation, city, or church). Sometimes we are not standing against the enemy, but to plead mercy on their behalf before the Lord Himself, in the face of His impending righteous judgment. We’re using the principle from James 2:13, “Mercy rejoices against [triumphs over] judgment.” In either case, we are standing in the gap.

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Spiritual Warfare

What is “second heaven” revelation/intercession?

To start, let’s define the three heavens. The first heaven consists of the atmosphere we breathe and the physical sky we see above us. There is also the “third heaven,” which is the home of God. It is mentioned in 2 Corinthians 12:2, 4, where Paul said, “I knew a man in Christ ... (whether in the body, I cannot tell, or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knows) such a one was caught up to the third heaven. ... He was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.”
Between the first and third heavens, obviously, there must be a second. The Bible does not give us a lot of information about where the first heaven ends and the second begins. Some teach that the second heaven begins with space, which would include the sun, moon, and stars, while some think that the second heaven is not a physical realm but is entirely an invisible, spiritual realm.
What we do know is that the second heaven is the place where the “principalities, powers, rulers of darkness, and spiritual wickedness in high places,” mentioned in Ephe-sians 6:12, are found. Ephesians 2:2 calls the devil “the prince of the power of the air,” again referring to his second heaven place.
Daniel 10 gives us a glimpse into what goes on there. An angel came to Daniel after he had prayed and fasted for twenty-one days. He said that he had been dispatched by God on the first day Daniel had prayed, but that the prince of Persia (a spiritual being, not the mortal king of Persia) had withstood him for the twenty-one days. Michael the Archangel had come to assist the angel, so that he could win through to reach Daniel. This story clues us in that the second heaven is a place of unseen spiritual warfare between God’s angels and the fallen spiritual beings.
“Second heaven revelation” can refer to either of two things:
1.) Receiving information from the Lord about the plans and strategies of the wicked ones. Sometimes He opens our eyes and ears to what is going on in the second heaven so that we can pray strategically for the defeat of evil plans. Elisha repeatedly saved Israel’s army from ambush by receiving this kind of revelation of what the Syrian king was up to (2 Kings 6:8-12).
2.) Receiving revelation from a spiritual source other than the Lord. This is forbidden for God’s people. We should never want spiritual information from any place other than the Holy Spirit.

How do I know if I have inadvertently tapped into revelation from a wrong source?

If you are receiving revelation which gives you an accusatory or condemnatory attitude toward other believers, or which causes division in the Body of Christ, that’s a tipoff. If you are hearing about destruction for others, and it causes you to anticipate the coming calamity with excitement or satisfaction, rather than sorrow and an eagerness to pray against it, that is also a big clue. If you are paying attention, the information will carry with it a feeling of darkness.
Sometimes God does give us information of coming troubles for individuals or groups of people. On occasion, He may even reveal that someone is in a weak place spiritually. But that information is meant for confidential prayer between us and the Lord, not to tell others about, and it will be accompanied by love and concern for the person or group. The sole purpose is so that the enemy’s plan to destroy can be defeated. Our heart motive will be one of desiring to see the person or group we are hearing about experience overcoming victory.
If you are hearing about dark things most of the time, you are probably tapping into the wrong source of revelation.

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Apostolic intercessor, 61-64
Authority in prayer, 23-24
Body movements, 48-49, 51-52
Bride of Christ deception, 54-55
Changing God’s mind, 20-21
Chief intercessor, 64
Emotional involvement in prayer, 31-32, 49-51
Exhaustion from intercession, 26-27
Fasting, 58-59
Flowing in the Spirit, 18-19
Groaning in the spirit, 8
Head intercessor, 64
Hearing God speak, 8-9, 19-20, 28-29, 31-32
Heavenly language, 11, 14
Hours of prayer, 15-16
Identificational intercession, 65-66
Imprecation prayers, 56
Inner voice, 8-9
Intercession, definition, 3
Intercession, ministry of, 3-4, 29-31
Intercession sabbatical, 27
Intercessory worship, 65
Intimacy with God, 54-55
Jezebel spirit, 68-69
Judgment prayers, 56-58
Length of prayer time, 15-16
“No” answers to prayer, 16-18
Overwhelmed by prayer needs, 25-26
Pastors and intercessors, 32-35, 55-56
Personal intercessor, 64
Physical manifestations, 48-49, 51-52
Prayer burden, 6-7
Prayer closet, 5-6
Prayer language, 11-14, 40-42
Prayer warrior, 3
Prayers of imprecation, 56
Praying the Word, 22-23
Praying through, 9-10
Principalities, engaging with, 38-40
Prophets, 61
Prophetic intercessor, 60-61
Qualifications of intercessors, 4, 29-31
Redemptive prayer, 67-68
Second heaven, 36-40
Soaking prayer, 69-71
Spiritual senses, 52-53
Standing in the gap, 5
Standing on the Word, 23
Still small voice, 9
Taking a break from intercession, 27
Tongues, praying in, 11-14, 40-42
Travail; travailing prayer, 7
Types of prayer, 25
Weariness in prayer, 26-27
Witchcraft prayer, 33-34, 45-47
Word curse, 42-44
Worse since I prayed, 18
Worship intercession, 65



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