That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: …(Eph 1:17).
- The church is in great need of Eph 1:17 Holy Spirit revelation of how much God esteems intecessory prayer!
- The revelation of intercession is one of the great needs of the hour, even in the context of the prayer movement, to receive Holy Spirit revelation as to how intercession works and how valuable it is in God’s kingdom. Not just how valuable it is right now, but how valuable it is in His kingdom in eternity. Intercession is the central activity in the governing of God’s kingdom, for ever and ever and ever. When we gain revelation of how intercession works from God’s point of view, particularly the value of weak intercession, or intercession that appears to be weak; when we see it from God’s point of view with revelation, it really changes the way that we engage with it.
THE PRIMARY WAY THAT GOD GOVERNS THE UNIVERSE
- God has chosen intercession as the primary means through which He releases His government. When I say “His government,” I mean “His power.” It’s the primary way He releases it, through Jesus, and it’s the primary way He releases it through His people now and forever. That is a stunning concept, that we will be interceding forever, and so will Jesus, as a means of releasing God the Father’s power into the natural realm. The natural realm will continue forever. At the second coming, heaven is coming to the earth. Jesus is bringing the New Jerusalem to the earth. The two realms are coming together, the natural and the spiritual realm. The natural realm isn’t going to disappear, but in the spirit realm, God is bringing heaven down to the earth, and both realms will exist together forever, and forever, and forever.
- God could just speak and do things with amazing power, but he has chosen the church as a partner! We release the Kingdom power. Jesus gave a model of prayer with “Thy Kingdom Come,” “Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven;” this is how the Kingdom is released and transforms and redeems the earth.”
- We must spend time in prayer, spending time with Jesus, to get a burden for what is on His heart. We do not need to convince God to intervene because of how bad things are. He knows. He will release power when His church prays. Jesus often offends the mind to reveal the heart. The fact that God runs His Kingdom based upon weak prayers requires grace and revelation to lay ahold of and embrace.
The Majesty and Mystery of Intercession
Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. (Heb 7:25).
- There is a majesty to intercession; there is a mystery to it. This majesty and mystery is seen best or first in the fact that Jesus lives forever to make intercession. Can you imagine that Jesus, a million years from now, will still be making intercession.
The Mystery of Intercession
- The primary principle of intercession is this, and this is why it’s so mysterious: It’s simply to tell God what He tells us to tell Him, He tellus via the Holy Spirit. It’s so simple that we miss it. We need a revelation of the simplicity of it. It is profoundly simple. The mystery of intercession is in its so-called weakness, its simplicity, its humility, and its accessibility to everyone.
The Simplicity of Intercession
- It’s mysterious that the highest release of God’s power is so simple, and so humble, and yet so accessible forever, to everyone who names the name of Jesus. It is accessible to them forever. Yet this simple reality has such profound impact in the life of a believer. I’m just going to summarize a little of the impact, and then later, in the notes, I outline it a lot more specifically, if we even get to that part of the notes. The impact is that intercession brings us into intimacy with God’s heart. It brings us into unity with God’s people. It transforms our inner man. It trains us to function in His government, now and in the age to come. The simplicity of intercession has that kind of impact upon the people of God. We will look a little at what I mean by a few of these sentences and how they relate to intercession.
The Majesty of Intercession
- The majesty of intercession: It is the highest means of releasing God’s power. There is no other means in God’s kingdom through which He releases His power that is more effective, or that He uses more often than intercession. The angels pray and declare God’s prophetic decrees. Jesus as God, before He became Man, would speak in this intercessory principle to release the power to create the heavens and the earth. Even Jesus functioned that way as God in eternity, and then as Man He functioned that way, and even now as a man at the right hand of the Father. Of course He is fully God as well, but He still relates to the Father in terms of releasing power through intercession. It is majestic that God Himself, the second person of the Trinity, humbles Himself to the wisdom of this mode of releasing the Father’s power.
Articulating the Ideas within the Father’s Heart
- When Jesus was tempted by Satan in the wilderness, in Matthew 4, during each of the three temptations He said, “It is written,” and He spoke the word of the Father, and then the power was released, and then Satan was driven away. It is the most simple, yet most absolutely remarkable reality, that the Father has ideas in His heart. He has ordained that those ideas must be spoken; that they must be articulated or sung, and that, when they are spoken or sung, when they’re articulated, then the Spirit releases power wherever the word is spoken. If we lay hands on people and speak them, healing happens. If we don’t do it, many healings don’t happen. If we speak the Word of God over our own heart, power touches our heart. If we don’t speak the Word of God, there is power that would have touched us that the Lord holds back.
And Prayer to receive the Spirit’s power that Jesus’ Presence be manifest in us so we experience God’s love.
According to the riches of Your glory, strengthen me with might through Your Spirit in my inner man, That Christ may dwell (manifest His presence) in my heart through faith; root me and ground me in Your love for me, that I may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height– to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; so I can be filled with all the fullness of God. (Eph. 3:16-19).
Prayer for revelation of Jesus’ beauty that we might walk in our calling and destiny by God’s power:
Father of glory, I ask for the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, 18 enlighten the eyes of my understanding; that I may receive revelation of the hope of His calling (assurance/clarity of God’s call for my life) and the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints (our destiny as Jesus’ inheritance), and the exceeding greatness of His power (Eph. 1:17-19)
- One side note on this prayer, this is so powerful. Anytime I am reading Scripture I ask wisdom and revelation from the Holy Spirit. If you read the commentaries on the book of revelation you can see they are all over the place, they don’t agree with each other. But if we all sought Holy Spirit revelation, esp with humilty and fasting, we begin to agree on a lot more points. If our house is divided it will not stand in what is to come.
- The greatest need for your unsaved and backslidden friends and family members is revelation of Jesus. The bible says Satan has blinded the eyes of the unbelievers, their eyes need to be enlighted. The Holy Spirit is faithful to honor this prayer, it is His revelation in scripture, ie. what God wants to do, ie. guaranteed to be answered.
9 That your love may abound still more and more in knowledge (of God) and all discernment, 10 that you may approve (rejoice in) the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere (no compromise) and without offense till the day of Christ, 11 being filled with the fruits of righteousness… (Phil. 1:9-11)
Prayer to know God’s will, to be fruitful in ministry and strengthened by intimacy with God
9 That you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10 that you may have a walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy… (Col. 1:9-11)
Prayer for unity in the church and to be filled with supernatural joy, peace and hope (confidence)
5 May the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another…6 that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the…Father…13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Rom. 15:5-6, 13)
To be enriched by all the gifts of the Spirit including powerful preaching and prophetic revelation
5 That you were enriched in everything by Him in all utterance (anointed preaching/singing) and all knowledge (prophetic revelation), 6 even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you (by miracles), 7 so that you come short in no gift, eagerly waiting for the revelation of…Jesus Christ, 8 who will also confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Cor. 1:5-8)
For the release of grace to bring the Church to maturity especially to abound in love and holiness
10 Praying exceedingly that… (God will release His Spirit and grace to) perfect what is lacking in your faith?…12 And may the Lord make youincrease and abound in love to one another and to all… 13 that He may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father. (1 Thes. 3:10-13)
Pray to be worthy (prepared or made spiritually mature) to walk in the fullness of our destiny in God
11 We pray always for you that God would count you worthy of (prepare us for) this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness (plans for us) and the work of faith with power, 12 that the name of…Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God. (2 Thes. 1:11-12)