Intercession is a form of prayer that focuses primarily on praying on behalf of others. Many of us have been taught to focus our prayers on ourselves and on our families. A phrase that is commonly used to describe this posture is “standing in the gap.” Intercession is not for a select few, but it’s something we can all practice. Intercession is a way we can demonstrate our love for our neighbors. Praying for others helps us become more compassionate and transforms our hearts to reflect the Father’s.
“Intercession is being present to God on another’s behalf, listening for the prayer of the Holy Spirit that is already being prayed for that person before the throne of grace and being willing to join God in that prayer."
- Ruth Haley Barton
Learn more about Intercession in Scripture
Jesus intercedes for us (Romans 8:34)
The Holy Spirit intercedes for us (Romans 8:26)
Moses interceding for his sister Miriam (Numbers 12:13)
Moses Interceeding for Israel (Exodus 32:30-33)
Interceding for our leaders (1 Timothy 2:1-2)
Job interceding for his friends (Job 42:10)
Think about someone in your life who has shared a need or desire that they are believing God for. Commit to partnering your faith with theirs and intentionally praying for them this month.
There is a lot of tragedy, injustice, and persecution happening around the world. What is something you heard or read about that grieved your heart recently? Consider lifting that up more regularly in prayer.
Spend some time in silence and solitude and ask God who or what can you intercede for right now?