Heart of Intercession
There are times when the Lord desires to intervene in a situation
and cannot find an intercessor to stand in the gap, in behalf
of the need.
When the Lord first approached me to intercede, I responded
by saying, "I know that You desire to intervene and change
lives, and that You are asking me to intercede in their behalf.
But Lord, I feel so inadequate, as I do not know how to do
this. If I just had more understanding about intercession.”
Then the Lord caused me to consider the Holy of Holies, which
the High Priest, cleansed to as near a state of purity as
possible, entered once each year to approach the Living God.
This high priest was the intercessor for all of Israel.
He did not itemize each Israelite's condition or sins, but
came before God as a cleansed representative for the sins
of all his people. The Lord intervened and reinstated the
nation to Himself, by the conditions met of this one man.
This is the type and shadow of what our Saviour, Jesus Christ,
did on the cross for all mankind.
Jesus rent the veil that was before the Holy of Holies by
His death on the cross, that each of us might individually
enter into the Lord’s presence. The requirements are
still there; only now they are not in ritual. We still must
be cleansed, and with purity of heart, come before the Lord
to minister unto Him, that we might be an intercessory representative
for the people. In this, our state of being is more important
than our activity of prayer.
We do not need to know all the circumstances, or that the
Lord tell us the details of a crisis situation. We do need
to become so wholly committed to the Lord that our very existence
is for the Lord Himself. As we minister to Him in total purity
and love, which the Lord can behold and embrace, then something
There comes a joining between the Lord and man; a union of
mind, will, and purpose, so great that out of this sense of
complete oneness, the Lord is able to move in whatever way
He may desire. When the Lord knows that He has our full support
through our obedience in intercession, He intercepts and makes
His victorious move.
The power in this ministry of intercession is not in our
speaking in the name of Jesus, or using His authority against
principalities, or in our discerning and praying through a
given situation. True, we do all of these things as He burdens
hearts for particular circumstances, but the Lord has revealed
a new order of intercession - that of our so fully ministering
unto Him that His heart is moved to action, because He knows
that He has another in full agreement with Him on whatever
is on His heart at that time.
Whole nations can be touched, as Israel was, by just one
man who came before the Lord, fully cleansed and prepared
to commune with His God. At that time, man lived by the code
of the law and the Lord acted accordingly. Now the Lord looks
at the inward parts and moves through a union of heart.
How exciting to realize that the world can be changed by
our pure love relationship with our Lord, and our obedience
to His intercessory call.