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YWAM Crossroads DTS Intercessory Prayer notes from lectures by Bev Tuddenham

 

Biblical Intercession

Biblical intercession can be compared to advocacy.  Jesus is our advocate, as is the Holy Spirit.  We have the privilege as intercessors to also be advocates, bringing peoples cases before God as their representative.  Paul tells us to not only look out only for own needs but for the needs of others.  do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.

Philippians 2:4 (NASB)  do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.

There are classic examples of intercession in Scripture.  Jesus priestly prayer is the best example,  

Jesus prayed for the Disciples and for us, future believers

John 17:10-26 (NASB)
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"I ask on their behalf; I do not ask on behalf of the world, but of those whom You have given Me; for they are Yours; 10 and all things that are Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine; and I have been glorified in them.
11 "I am no longer in the world; and yet they themselves are in the world, and I come to You.  Holy Father keep them in Your name, the name which You have given Me, that they may be one even as We are.
12 "While I was with them, I was keeping them in Your name which You have given Me; and I guarded them and not one of them perished but the son of perdition, so that the Scripture would be fulfilled.
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"But now I come to You; and these things I speak in the world so that they may have My joy made full in themselves
14 "I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
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"I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one.
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"They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world
17 "Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.
18 "As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.
19 "For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth.
20 "I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word;
21 that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.
22 "The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one;
23 I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me. 
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"Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.  25 "O righteous Father, althoug
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and I have made Your name known to them, and will make it known, so that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them."h the world has not known You, yet I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me;

Jesus prayed about God's glory and making His name known

Another great example is given to us by Paul in his letter to the Ephesians. 

Ephesians 3:14-21 (NASB)
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For this reason I bow my knees before the Father,
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from whom every
16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man,
17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love,
18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,
19 and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.family in heaven and on earth derives its name,
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Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us,
21 to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen

Another biblical example of intercession was when Abraham talked to the Lord about Sodom and Gomorrah and his nephew Lot. 

Genesis 18:23-33 (NASB)
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Abraham came near and said, "Will You indeed sweep away the righteous with the wicked? 24 "Suppose there are fifty righteous within the city; will You indeed sweep it away and not spare the place for the sake of the fifty righteous who are in it?
25 "Far be it from You to do such a thing, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous and the wicked are treated alike. Far be it from You! Shall not the Judge of all the earth deal justly?"
26 So the LORD said, "If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare the whole place on their account."
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And Abraham replied, "Now behold, I have ventured to speak to the Lord, although I am but dust and ashes.
 
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"Suppose the fifty righteous are lacking five, will You destroy the whole city because of five?" And He said, "I will not destroy it if I find forty-five there."
29 He spoke to Him yet again and said, "Suppose forty are found there?" And He said, "I will not do it on account of the forty.
30 Then he said, "Oh may the Lord not be angry, and I shall speak; suppose thirty are found there?" And He said, "I will not do it if I find thirty there."
31 And he said, "Now behold, I have ventured to speak to the Lord; suppose twenty are found there?" And He said, "I will not destroy it on account of the twenty."
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Then he said, "Oh may the Lord not be angry, and I shall speak only this once; suppose ten are found there?" And He said, "I will not destroy it on account of the ten."
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As soon as He had finished speaking to Abraham the LORD departed, and Abraham returned to his place.

Another example was when Moses interceded for the children of Israel,

Exodus 32:11-14 (NASB)
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Then Moses entreated the LORD his God, and said, "O LORD, why does Your anger burn against Your people whom You have brought out from the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand? 12 "Why should the Egyptians speak, saying, 'With evil intent He brought them out to kill them in the mountains and to destroy them from the face of the earth'? Turn from Your burning anger and change Your mind about doing harm to Your people.
13 "Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, Your servants to whom You swore by Yourself, and said to them, 'I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heavens, and all this land of which I have spoken I will give to your descendants , and they shall inherit it forever.'"

14 So the LORD changed His mind about the harm which He said He would do to His people.

Principles of intercession

  1. Praise and thanksgiving
  1. A clean heart

 
Psalm 66:18 (NASB)  If I regard wickedness in my heart, The Lord will not hear;

 
Psalm 139:23-24(NASB)

23  Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts;

24  And see if there be any hurtful way in me and lead me in the everlasting way.

  1. Inviting the Holy Spirit, resisting the Enemy, and casting out imaginations or preconceived ideas
  1. Wait upon the Lord, share with others, pray
  1. More thanksgiving

Principles For Effective Intercession by Joy Dawson

1.     Praise God for who He is, and for the privilege of engaging in the same wonderful ministry as the Lord Jesus.

Hebrews 7:25 He ever lives to make intercession for them (His own).  Praise God for the privilege of cooperating with Him in the affairs of men 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.

Psalm 66:18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.

Psalm 139:23-24
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Search me, 0 God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:
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And see if there be any wicked way in me and lead me in the way everlasting.

Check carefully in relation to resentment to anyone. Notice the link between forgiveness and prayer in God’s Word.

When Jesus instructs the disciples how to pray He says:

Matthew 6:12 Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors

Immediately following the Lord’s Prayer, He says, For if you forgive men their trespasses, your Heavenly Father also will forgive you; but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses (verse 14).

Mark 11:24 Whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you receive it, and you will.

Then comes verse 25, warning us to forgive anyone who has wronged us.

Mark 11:25 And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone; so that your Father also who is in Heaven may forgive you your trespasses. Now notice the link between forgiveness and faith when we pray:

Luke 17:3-5
3 Take heed to yourselves; if your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him;
4 and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, and says, I repent you must forgive him.
5 The apostles said to the Lord, ˜Increase our faith!”  and the Lord said, ˜If you had faith as a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this sycamore tree, Be rooted up, and be planted in the sea, and it would obey you.

 Job had to forgive his friends for their wrong judging of him, before he could pray effectively for them.

Job 42:10 And God restored the fortunes of Job, when he prayed for his friends; and the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.

Galatians 5:6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything, but faith working through love.

Faith works through love.

3.    Acknowledge you can’t really pray without the direction and energy of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 8:26 The Spirit helps us in our weakness: for we know not how to pray as we ought.

Ask God to utterly control you by His Spirit, receive by faith that He does, and thank Him.

Ephesians 5:18 Be filled with the Spirit.

Hebrews 11:6 Without faith it is impossible to please Him.

1.     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.

James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

2.    Die to your own imaginations, desires, and burdens for what you feel you should pray.

Proverbs 3:5 Lean not unto your own understanding.

Proverbs 28:26 He who trusts in his own mind is a fool.

Isaiah 55:8 My thoughts are not your thoughts.

6.    Praise God now in faith for the remarkable prayer meeting you’re going to have.   He’s a remarkable God and will do something consistent with His character.

7.    Wait before God in silent expectancy, listening for His direction.

Psalm 62:5 For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope is from Him.

Micah 7:7 But as for me, I will look to the Lord, I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.

Psalm 81:11-13
11 But My people did not listen to My voice; Israel would have none of Me.
12 So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts, to follow their own counsels, that My people would listen to Me, that Israel would walk in My ways!
13 In obedience and faith, utter what God brings to your mind, believing.

John 10:27 My sheep hear My voice and they follow Me.

8.     Keep asking God for direction, expecting Him to give it to you. He will.

Psalm 32:8 “I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.

Make sure you don’t move on to the next subject until you’ve given God time to discharge all He wants to say to you regarding this particular burden: especially when praying in a group.  Be encouraged from the lives of Moses, Daniel, Paul, and Anna, 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.

Psalm 119:105 (NASB) Thy Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

10. When God ceases to bring things to your mind to pray for, finish 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 forever! Amen.[1]

Prayer Walking

Another area of intercession is prayer walking.  Prayer walking is usually made together by a group of believers for the primary purpose of intercessory prayer on location. I led a team to do that last year in Bangkok.   It was exciting to walk around the outer perimeter of the classroom seven times, blow the trumpets and shout as Joshua and the children of Israel did.

Praying for our leaders

We are to pray for those in government authority over us, as well as other authorities and pray for the unsaved.  We need to pray for our YWAM leaders and our church leaders.

1 Timothy 2:1-4 (NASB)

 1 First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men,
 2 for kings and all who are in authority , so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity .
 3 This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Praying for the sick  

James 5:14-18 (NASB)
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Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord;
15 and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him.
16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.
17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months.
18 Then he prayed again, and the sky poured rain and the earth produced its fruit.  

Standing in the gap

Ezekiel 22:30 (NIV)"I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none.

The Bible in Basic English (BBE) says, "take his station in the broken place before me for the land"  Where ever I go in the world there are broken places and broken people.  Oh Lord use me to stand in the gap to help others.  I realize that there really is only One who can truly stand in the gap for mankind. I thank God He did find a Man to stand between my sin and a holy God.

My progress in understanding more of Him

I have prayed most of my life even long before I became a Christian and I have felt that God has spoken to me or led or guided me numerous times, but still in prayer usually it is just a one-sided conversation.  I believe God wants more of a two-sided conversation not limited to His Word and occasional intermittent guidance but much more day to day.  What a challenge to filter out what voice inside is God's?  What is mine?  What is the enemy's?

Here are some other key verses I found on intercession, showing that Jesus is interceding for us and we have the privilege of interceding for others.:

Romans 8:26-27, 34 (NASB)
26  In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words;
27 and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. who is the one who condemns?
 34 Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.

Colossians 1:3-6 (NASB)
 3  We give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,
4  since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and the love which you have for all the saints;
5  because of the hope laid up for you in heaven, of which you previously heard in the word of truth, the gospel
6  which has come to you, just as in all the world also it is constantly bearing fruit and increasing, even as it has been doing in you also since the day you heard of it and understood the grace of God in truth;

Hebrews 7:25 (NASB) Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.

Isaiah 53:12 (NASB)  Therefore, I will allot Him a portion with the great, And He will divide the booty with the strong; Because He poured out Himself to death and was numbered with the transgressors; Yet He Himself bore the sin of many and interceded for the transgressors.

Satan's strategies

I  was reminded this week that there really are spiritual battles going on all the time.  Satan is the prince of this world right now and he has done much to blind people’s eyes.  We must pray that God's light will pierce the darkness.

The Enemy wants us to think the things God wants are not so.

Understanding myself

I had previously been proud of my independence, thinking it was a good thing, and thinking that those who always bowed to all authority, or who seemed so dependent upon groups or teams were just weak and foolish.  I began to value team work several years ago as a pastor but still found that is an area in my life that needs some more attention.

Prayer is a battle.  The heart of worship and prayer has to be cultivated.

There are more than 100 billion galaxies, perhaps as many stars as the sand of the sea. 

Psalm 8 (NASB) 
1  O LORD, our Lord, How majestic is Your name in all the earth, Who have displayed Your splendor above the heavens!
2  From the mouth of infants and nursing babes You have established strength Because of Your adversaries, To make the enemy and the revengeful cease.
3  When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon, and the stars, which You have ordained;
4  What is man that You take thought of him, And the son of man that You care for him?
5  Yet You have made him a little lower than God, And You crown him with glory and majesty!
6  You make him to rule over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet,
7  All sheep and oxen, And also the beasts of the field,
8  The birds of the heavens and the fish of the sea, Whatever passes through the paths of the seas.
9  O LORD, our Lord, How majestic is Your name in all the earth!

God is infinite, intricate, humble, immeasurable, omnipresent, creative, omnipotent, eternal, indescribable, love, the Alpha and Omega, exciting, amazing, precise, personal, Most High, sovereign, faithful, sustainer, concerned with the macro and the micro, beyond imagination, and spectacular.

David strengthened himself in the Lord, focusing on Him rather than on his circumstances.   Joshua was told to be strong and courageous and not to afraid or dismayed.  We overcome the Accuser because of the blood of the Lamb

Revelation 12:11(NASB)  "And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death.

Prayer is a way we represent God to others and others to God.

Scriptures on Thanksgiving

Philippians 4:6-7 (NASB)
6  Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
7  And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

I Thessalonians 5:16-22 (NASB)
16  Rejoice always;
17  pray without ceasing;
18  in everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus
19  Do not quench the Spirit;
20  do not despise prophetic utterances.
21  But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good;
22  abstain from every form of evil.

Colossians 4:2-6 (NASB)
2  Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving;
3  praying at the same time for us as well, that God will open up to us a door for the word, so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ, for which I have also been imprisoned;
4  that I may make it clear in the way I ought to speak.
5 Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity.
6 Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.

John 6:11, 22-24 (NASB) 
11 Jesus then took the loaves, and having given thanks, He distributed to those who were seated; likewise also of the fish as much as they wanted.
22  The next day the crowd that stood on the other side of the sea saw that there was no other small boat there, except one, and that Jesus had not entered with His disciples into the boat, but that His disciples had gone away alone.
 23  There came other small boats from Tiberias near to the place where they ate the bread after the Lord had given thanks.
 24  So when the crowd saw that Jesus was not there, nor His disciples, they themselves got into the small boats, and came to Capernaum seeking Jesus.

Here we see miraculous multiplication.

The fruit of thankfulness is peace of mind.  Thanksgiving releases harvest.  Thankfulness causes us to focus on God rather than on our circumstances.

My suggestions

It is quite cumbersome to try to use Joy Dawson's prayer formula every time you pray in a group.  Instead of trying to follow this prayer formula, I would suggest taking prayer requests from the school, from the base, from other YWAM bases and praying for specific needs mentioned by individuals during this week on intercession.  We could name the 75 or so countries in Indian Ocean gateway and pray over each nation.  We could show video clips of specific needs in countries, like Algeria that we had on Friday night.  We ought to pray as Jesus taught us in the Lord's prayer. 

Matthew 6:9-13 (NASB)
9 "Pray, then, in this way: 'Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.
10 'Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven.
11 'Give us this day our daily bread.
12 'And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 'And do not lead us into temptation but deliver us from evil.  [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.']

The first and most important thing is to praise God, acknowledging who God is and thanking Him for what He has done.  Second is praying for the purpose of God to come in your life, family, church, country, and the world by asking God for His will to be done. Third, you can ask for provision, for God to meet your daily needs. Jesus also taught us to pray for purity, that God would forgive us our sins just as we forgive others who sin against us.  We are to also pray for protection and deliverance from the Devil.  And fourth, we set our priorities when we acknowledge to God that "Yours in the kingdom, the power, and the glory."

Truth confirmed

As we watched the Moody Bible Institute film clip on space travel at the speed of light, I was reminded God is infinite, intricate, humble, immeasurable, omnipresent, creative, omnipotent, eternal, indescribable, amazing, precise, the Most High, sovereign, faithful, sustainer.  As Bram said, He is concerned with the macro and the micro.  God did indeed stretch out the heavens.

Thinking of praise and worship and their relationship to prayer I was reminded of my favorite Psalm.

Psalm 34.(NASB)

 1 I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
2  My soul will make its boast in the LORD; The humble will hear it and rejoice.
3  O magnify the LORD with me and let us exalt His name together.
4  I sought the LORD, and He answered me, And delivered me from all my fears.
5  They looked to Him and were radiant, And their faces will never be ashamed.
6  This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him And saved him out of all his troubles.
7  The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear Him and rescues them.
8  O taste and see that the LORD is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!
9  O fear the LORD, you His saints; For to those who fear Him there is no want.
10  The young lions do lack and suffer hunger; But they who seek the LORD shall not be in want of any good thing.
 11  Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
12  Who is the man who desires life And loves length of days that he may see good?
13  Keep your tongue from evil And your lips from speaking deceit.
14  Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it.
 15  The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous And His ears are open to their cry.
16  The face of the LORD is against evildoers, To cut off the memory of them from the earth.
17  The righteous cry, and the LORD hears And delivers them out of all their troubles.
18  The LORD is near to the brokenhearted And saves those who are crushed in spirit.
19  Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the LORD delivers him out of them all.
20  He keeps all his bones, Not one of them is broken.
21  Evil shall slay the wicked, And those who hate the righteous will be condemned. 
22  The LORD redeems the soul of His servants, And none of those who take refuge in Him will be condemned.

Here are 10 things I am thankful for since coming to Perth:

1. New close friends

2. A comfortable apartment

3. Opportunity to be involved in Impact World Tour

4. Opportunity to be involved in evangelism

5. Opportunity to work with Australian Relief and Mercy Services

6. Opportunity to help people with children's ministry training

7. Opportunity to study Thai with a Thai couple here

8. Conviction over pride and independence

9. Our leaders in the school

10.Our speakers in the school

What God is saying to me

There is a connection between worship and prayer and spiritual warfare.  Be sure to focus on Him rather than my circumstances. When we watched the Impact World Tour promotion video, we were challenged to write down the names of God that came to mind.  I just saw and heard needs in the city.  That there are 1.4 million people, young people 10 to 25 make up 35% of the population, only  5 % of those go to church, so 470,000 are unchurched.  There are many who are hopeless and even suicidal like Pete's nephew.  There are needs for more volunteers, more local churches to be involved, for visas, for money.  But the challenge was a good one, fellow students came up with many names and attributes of God which addresses the needs mentioned.  So, I need to focus more on God rather than on the needs.  I can't see the Forest for the trees.

Implementation

I won't complain when encouraged to stand in spite of leg and back pain, because soldiers don't sit down in battle.  I will try to focus more on God rather than my own needs.    The focus must be on Him.  Like Peter walking on the water, he was fine when his eyes were focused on the Lord but when his focus was on the waves he was going down.  I will pray for the needs of others.

Philippians 2:4 (NASB)  do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.

This is an excerpt from chapter 7 of my book YWAM Discipleship copyright © 2018 all rights reserved

Scripture quotations are from the New American Standard Bible® (NASB),
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