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January 3rd, 2019

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Intercessory Prayer (Part 1)

Recently I was sitting with my wife Betty early in the morning, sipping tea, going over the day’s tasks, and praying for our family, ministry, spiritual life, and current events.  We realized that this was not only a devotional time, but how we work. It is our “methodology.” We live by intercessory prayer, by praying over each and every thing.

At this stage of my life I am looking to turn over all our “ministry” operations to younger leaders. Thank God, we have amazing teams of gifted and motivated people, serving in almost every area.  They are students of the word, covenant friends, “five-fold” ministers, anointed musicians, effective administrators, and talented communicators.

I was wondering if anything was missing.  One question came to my heart. Have they really grasped that everything we have pioneered and developed has been done first through intercessory prayer? Have we succeeded in passing that essential value on to them?

In order to “pass on” the baton of intercessory prayer, I thought it would be good to try to summarize some of the essential aspects of prayer in a short article:

  1. By Faith – Yeshua taught us that when we pray, we need to have faith in God and the faith of God.  Prayers backed by faith can move mountains (Mark 11:22-25). Words of faith act like “bull-dozers” to get things done in the spirit. With faith-filled words, nothing is impossible. By the same rule: without faith-filled words, nothing of kingdom value is possible. Much of prayer is simply declaring verses of scriptures out-loud by faith.
  2. With Yeshua – Yeshua preached and did miracles for 3 to 4 years.  He has been interceding in prayer from the throne of God for 2000 years.  Apparently, He thinks this is an efficient way to operate, an effective use of His time!  He is a full-time intercessor, praying for us at the right hand of God (Romans 8:34, Hebrews 7:25). We should not pray by ourselves, but “with Yeshua” in cooperation and partnership.
  3. With Authority – Although we pray with a humble heart, submitting to the will of God, we also must pray with spiritual authority. Yeshua not only rose from the dead, but ascended into heaven “above all authority” (Ephesians 1:20-22). From that position of authority, He prays. He invites us to be seated with Him there (Ephesians 2:5-7), and to pray with Him from the same perspective and authority.
  4. In Tongues – Praying in tongues is an amazingly effective tool.  Paul said that he prayed in tongues more than anyone else (I Corinthians 14:5, 18). This was not a statement of pride but an exhortation for us to understand how important it is to pray in tongues. Prayer in tongues allows for intercession beyond our limited understanding and ability to express words (Romans 8:26).
  5. By the Spirit – We pray by the leading of the Holy Spirit, with the Holy Spirit, and actually allow the Spirit of God to pray through us (Romans 8:16, 26; 9:1; 10:1). We pray not only by our own thoughts, but through the Spirit in a dimension beyond our thoughts (I Corinthians 14:2, 13-17; Judah 20). Prayer is a spirit-led activity, that is akin to prophesying, in that we are “moved” by the Spirit (II Peter 1:21).

Watch for part 2 next week!

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By | 2019-01-09T09:26:09+00:00 January 3rd, 2019|8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. Karen Vagnoni January 4, 2019 at 5:32 pm - Reply

    Asher and Betty I absolutely love this teaching! It’s TRUTH and encouraging; good reminder of why we do what we do. I’m going to share it with all my people.

  2. Karoline January 7, 2019 at 10:35 pm - Reply

    Happy New Year from Rotorua New Zealand Asher and Betty. Nice seeing your smiling face again. We met you both last year when we were in Israel, what an amazing and awesome time to be able to experience where our Lord and Saviour walked as well as feeling His presence wherever we went. Thank you for the encouragement, always appreciated.

    Love you both and God bless 🙂

  3. Beth Hiatt January 8, 2019 at 10:54 am - Reply

    We have weekly services in our home. Our grandchildren are with my husband and I (and others) during our home gatherings. We have a time when one of those attending expounds on verses where we have experienced revelation. I’ll use this teaching in a service soon. We see such spirital growth in the little ones sitting with us, hearing the Word of God under His anointing!
    I am finding the younger generation is not praying “in the name of Yeshua”. I always thought praying “in His name” is the powe;, the exclamation point behind my words in prayer. I have found much evidence in the book of John why and where prayer is done, in His name.
    Asher, would you please do a teaching on the importance of praying in the name of Yeshua, or set me straight on the truth? Thanks.

  4. Rhonda January 8, 2019 at 1:54 pm - Reply

    A very good word. Truth.

  5. lorie January 10, 2019 at 1:16 am - Reply

    I can relate to these teachings, thank you for putting it in prints. Just what I need to study them further in a clear and organized form.I am praying for an outline about prayer and intercession to be able to impart them to those brethren who will commit themselves in this ministry. Thank you Pastor, God bless.

  6. Njunji January 11, 2019 at 3:13 pm - Reply

    Wow! I am so refreshed reading this simple yet so profoundly true reflection on the power of prayer!

  7. Lea January 12, 2019 at 1:29 am - Reply

    Yes, I remember back in the early days, and how we always started the day with prayer. It was an amazing lesson. And I am in awe of what God has wrought, in much part because of all the prayer that was, and still is, and I am sure still will be in the future.

  8. Lorraine March 25, 2019 at 9:13 am - Reply

    Thank you such truth spoken here. Hope i dont miss the 2nd part. Thank you very much such inspiring words .

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