Principles for Effective Intercession

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Principles for Effective Intercession

  1. Praise God for who he is, and for the privilege of engaging in the same wonderful ministry as the Lord Jesus (Heb 7:25). Praise God for the privileged of cooperating with him in the affairs of mankind through prayer.
  2. Make sure your heart is clean before God by having given the holy spirit time to convict, should there be any unconfessed sin (Psalms 66:18; 139 :23-24)
  3. Acknowledge that you cannot really pray without the direction and energy of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:26) ask God to utterly control you by his spirit, receive by faith the reality that he does, and thank him (Eph 5:18)
  4. Deal aggressively with the enemy. Come against him in the all powerful name of the Lord Jesus Christ and with the sword of the spirit -- the word of God (Eph 6:17; James 4:7)
  5. Die to your own imaginations, desires and burdens for what you feel you should pray about (Proverbs 3: 5-6; 28:26; Isaiah 55:8)
  6. Praise God now in faith for the remarkable prayer meeting your going to have. He is a remarkable God, and He we do something consistent with His character.
  7. Wait before God in silent expectancy, listening for His direction (Psalms 62:5; 81:11-13; Micah 7:7)
  8. In obedience and faith, utter what God brings to your mind, believing (John 10:27). Keep asking God for direction, expecting him to give it to you. He will (Psalms 32:8). Make sure you don't move to the next subject until you've given God time to discharge all he wants to say regarding this burden -- especially when praying in a group. Be encouraged by the lives of Moses, Daniel, Paul and Anna, knowing that God gives revelation to those who make intercession a way of life.
  9. If possible, have your Bible with you should God want to give you direction or confirmation from it (Psalms 119:105).
  10. When God ceases to bring things to your mind for which to pray, finished by praising and thanking him for what he has done, reminding yourself of Romans 11:36: "For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory for ever! Amen."

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