It would be impossible to overemphasize the importance of intercessory prayer. God has chosen intercession as the primary means of releasing His power in the earth. Scripture makes it clear that intercession is one of the central activities in God’s kingdom, both now and in the ages to come.
Intercession is prayer that is in agreement with what God promises to do. Seeing the value of intercession from God’s point of view gives us the impetus to make prayer a high priority in our lives.
The fact that Jesus, the divine Son of God intercedes reveals how important intercession is. The Bible tells us that “He always lives to make intercession for [us].” Heb. 7:25; see also Rom. 8:34.
Intercession is God’s brilliant strategy to include all His people in ruling with Him in power. It is so simple that anyone can do it, and yet it releases more power than any other activity in which human beings can engage.
The activity of intercession has many benefits beyond a greater release of God’s power to others. Intercession draws us into intimacy, transforms our hearts, unifies us in community, renews our faith, multiplies blessings back on us, and gives us an inheritance in the people and places we pray for.
We will grow to love who and what we pray for. In addition we will love those we consistently pray with. It is impossible to pray for or with anyone regularly without eventually feeling love for them.
Intercession renews our faith as we speak God’s Word back to Him in prayer. Praying biblical prayers builds our faith for revival. The very act of praying the Word results in strengthening our faith for the promises we pray for. You will find that your faith grows stronger and stronger as you develop the practice of speaking the Word back to the Father in intercession.
Intercession for others causes multiplied blessings to return back on the life and family of the intercessor. Every prayer of blessing for another is a prayer that God returns back on you and your loved ones. The law of the Kingdom always requires that we always receive more that we give away. We will never “out-give” God. Every Spirit-inspired prayer we pray will be “turned back” on us and our loved ones.
Excerpted from Growing in Prayer, Mike Bickle, 2014, pp 67-75.