“Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey: and the Lord saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment. And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor:…” – Isaiah 59:15-16
Being a third generation minister, that is to say that both my parents and grandparents were also ministers, I have fond memories of the old church. Though I love our powerful modern worship, our hunger for the deeper things of God, and our zeal for spreading the love of Christ, there are a few things I find in short supply in the modern God fearing church’s of today. One is a good knowledge of the Word of God (including the unpleasant and corrective parts) among the congregates. The other is those old ashes and sackcloth prayer warriors, the intercessors. Those old saints that cried out day and night in genuine pure broken compassionate prayer and supplication for the souls and justices of others.
The word “intercessor” in the above mentioned verse, in the original hebrew, was “paga”. It means : to encounter, reach, meet, touch, entreat, request. It also means “to attack” and “to reach the mark, or “be victorious”. The roll of an intercessor is to regularly press-in in prayer and not stop until they “reach” the thrown of God, “meet” Him there, “touch” Him with your selfless “request”, and be “touched” by His presence, power, majesty, and love. All while “attacking” and fighting against the enemy until you “reach the goal” and either see or are assured of “victory”. It’s a lot of work, mostly done on behalf of people who will never know you did it. Though the spiritual rewards, victories, and benefits to the kingdom of God are undeniable and unmatchable by any other act, there is little Earthly glory in it, but rather great sacrifice. Sadly, that is why so few are willing to answer the call to intercession and believe me, God is calling. Will you answer?
“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;” – 1 Timothy 2:1