Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Deep Intercession

Scripture: Romans 8 v 26 - 27:
"Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And He that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because He maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God."

The blessing of my life is to be an Intercessor called and appointed by God and not by man. It is not an art learned in church or promotion in a prayer group, it is rather unexplainable to those who are not of the same calling.  The truth is we do not know how to pray, we need the guidance of the Holy Spirit and He needs us to be alert to His promptings.

Intercession seems to be unique to each person too. The Welsh intercessor, Rees Howells, who passed away in 1955, defeated Hitler, in World War 2, on his knees. He was one who obeyed the Holy Spirit moment by moment throughout his life.  At the end of the war, General Montgomery item used Hitler's four blunders.  They were the four specific areas Rees Howells was led by God to fast and pray about.

When he was shown a need, like the starving widows of India, he would move out of his mother's house, into a bare room and allow himself only the same daily handful of rice the starving widows lived on. Then he could truly understand their plight and pray it through. He was standing in the gap for them.

However, there are many situations we cannot duplicate and only the Holy Spirit can manifest them. You can pray up to a point and then you become aware of a different anointing. That is when the Holy Spirit takes over. You sense Him but you cannot interfere. In my experience when He has broken through a single high-pitched sound lasting a fraction of a second is uttered. It is like His intercession is compressed into that one sound.

I have heard people groaning for hours in intercessory prayer. I have not witnessed the Holy Spirit in it. When the Bible says His groans cannot be uttered I have to agree. He is in deep communion with God at a level we cannot aspire to but we see the results stretched out over a period of time, even years, as the will of God unfolds. He also brings to our memory things He led us to pray about long ago that are now accomplished.

When the Christians as a whole are stirred to pray, the deeper needs are given to the Intercessors by the Holy Spirit, the deepest ones are dealt with by Him. Intercessors are called by God because He has given them enhanced revelation gifts to enable them to receive deep communication from Him and the instructions on how to pray it through.  He always sees the whole picture, of which we see the part we can cope with.  It's very exciting to know Jesus at this level and to work so closely with Him.

My intercession and ministry to Karen Ann ("The Miracle of Karen Ann" and "The Miracle of Karen Ann part two" took me to a new level of standing in the gap for a hopeless case. But it opened a door that only God can close that enables me to communicate with unreachable people through the Holy Spirit and via the Throne of God. This was my first real task as an Intercessor, and the fruit continues to this day.  I can only bow my knees to the King of glory.

This open door gives the Lord access to the most bound people on the planet plus a glimpse of the love God has even for them and through the groanings of the Holy Spirit some are able to come out of the grossest sin, or dread diseases, to be born again or healed, and become witnesses to their peers of the blessing of salvation.  

Its important to let God be God and not try to do what only He can do. Our clumsy efforts usually lead to delays in getting answers to prayer but He is kind and loving enough not to press us too hard. Don't try to be an intercessor unless God calls you and anoints you to intercede. You have to be able to withstand all sorts of misunderstandings.

Some people think Intercessors are strange and sometimes we appear to be, but it's always in obedience to the Lord and for Him to work out some tricky situation. So trust the Lord to know His children and even if they do peculiar things its for the benefit of others.  Don't be too quick to judge when you don't have full understanding, rather pray a blessing on those who work behind the scenes to do God's perfect will.

Prayer: Father God, thank You for the Holy Spirit and all the unexplainable miracles He does to perform Your will upon the Earth. We appreciate His powers and the people He raises up into anointed ministries. Increase our understanding to know Him better and show love to those who are used of Him to bless others. In Jesus' name. Amen.