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“In quietness and confidence is your strength” (Isaiah30:15). Learn to cease from striving as you
“In quietness
and confidence
is your strength”
(Isaiah30:15).
Learn to cease
from striving
as you pray,
relying less and
less on yourself
and more and
more on God.
7. Enter into God’s rest

7. Enter into God’s rest

and more and more on God. 7. Enter into God’s rest This is probably the best
and more and more on God. 7. Enter into God’s rest This is probably the best
and more and more on God. 7. Enter into God’s rest This is probably the best

This is probably the best kept secret of

effective intercession. Intercessors who have

depth and breadth and weight to their prayers

are those who know how to rest in God’s

presence. They know how to tap into that quiet,

restful reservoir of God’s strength. “In quietness

and confidence is your strength” (Isaiah30:15).

Learn to cease from striving as you pray, relying

less and less on yourself and more and more on

God. Try this: instead of praying for a long list

of petitions every day, pray for specific requests

on certain days of the week; for example, pray

for family members on Monday, your church

on Tuesday, missionaries on Thursday, etc. Be

sure to reserve Wednesday just for praise. No

petitions. Nothing overcomes a mid-week slump

like a surge of worship and praise!

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7Secrets of Effective Intercession

www.prayerventures.org 7Secrets of Effective Intercession by Betsy Lee Intercession is praying for others. We all have

by Betsy Lee

Intercession is praying for others. We all have family members, friends, and co- workers who need our prayers. Here are some practical tips to make intercessory prayer more effective.

practical tips to make intercessory prayer more effective. 1. Draw close to God The Bible promises
1. Draw close to God
1. Draw close to God
intercessory prayer more effective. 1. Draw close to God The Bible promises that if we draw

The Bible promises that if we draw close to God, He will draw close to us (James 4:8). All too often we forget to begin a time of intercession with praise and worship, coming into the presence of God so that He can direct our prayers. Begin your intercession by focusing on the Lord Himself – love Him, praise Him, worship Him. As you do this, He will reveal His mind and heart. God’s thoughts are higher than ours (Isaiah55:8-9). Intercession that springs from our own hearts is little more than an expression of our own good intentions.

Begin your intercession by focusing on the Lord Himself – love Him, praise Him, worship
Begin your
intercession by
focusing on the
Lord Himself –
love Him, praise
Him, worship Him.
2.
2.

Cleanse your heart

2. Cleanse your heart When you have come into the presence of God on behalf of
2. Cleanse your heart When you have come into the presence of God on behalf of

When you have come into the presence of God on behalf of another, you long for God to open the floodgates of His heart to bless, heal, or pour out His love and power on that person in some way. But in order for God’s love to flow through you unimpeded, your own heart needs to be free from sin. Ask the Holy Spirit to search your heart before God. Confess your sins honestly and accept

the Lord’s cleansing and forgiveness (1 John 1:9).

3.
3.

Pray Scripture

and forgiveness (1 John 1:9). 3. Pray Scripture Come with confidence to the throne of grace

Come with confidence to the throne of grace on behalf of your

friend (Hebrews 4:16). One of the most powerful ways to intercede

is to use the words of Scripture. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you

a particular verse or passage in the Bible that might apply to the

situation you are praying about. Personalize the words and turn them into a prayer. For example, “God did not give (Jane) a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power, love, and a sound mind(2 Timothy 1:7) or “(Jane) can do all things through Him who strengthens (her)” (Philippians 4:13).

through Him who strengthens (her)” (Philippians 4:13). 4. Inquire of the Lord When David needed guidance,
through Him who strengthens (her)” (Philippians 4:13). 4. Inquire of the Lord When David needed guidance,
4.
4.

Inquire of the Lord

When David needed guidance, the Bible tells us, he “inquired of the Lord” (II Samuel 5:17-20). You can do this too. Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father always interceding (Romans 8:34). It is He who called you to prayer; it is He who gave you the burden for your loved one or friend; it is He who calls you into partnership with Him on behalf of that one. Ask Him how He is praying for the situation or that individual. Be still and listen. You will be surprised by what new insights are revealed.

You will be surprised by what new insights are revealed. 5. Prayer and fasting When you

5. Prayer and fasting

5. Prayer and fasting
by what new insights are revealed. 5. Prayer and fasting When you have a particularly challenging

When you have a particularly challenging

Prayer and fasting When you have a particularly challenging “The power of fasting as it relates

“The power of fasting as it relates to prayer is a spiritual atomic bomb.” -- Bill Bright

prayer assignment, try fasting while praying. “Fasting can bring breakthroughs in the spiritual realm that could never be had in any other way,” writes Richard Foster in Celebration of Discipline (Harper & Row, 1978). Bill Bright says, “The power of fasting as it relates to prayer is

a spiritual atomic bomb.” Why does fasting

add such power to prayer? Because fasting,

abstaining from eating for a time, denies self.

It is an act of humbling yourself, of opening

yourself more fully to the Holy Spirit and letting Him pray through you. Bill Bright writes, “Jesus implied that all of His followers should

fast (Matthew 6:16-18; 9:14-15). For Him it was a matter of when believers should fast, not if they would do it.” See Bill Bright’s handy reference

guide:

would do it.” See Bill Bright’s handy reference guide: 7 Basic Steps to Successful Fasting &

7 Basic Steps to Successful Fasting & Prayer (NewLifePublications, 1995).

Fasting & Prayer (NewLifePublications, 1995). 6. Partner with others in prayer Prayer partnership is
6.
6.

Partner with others in prayer

Prayer partnership is another seasoned secret that adds energy to prayer because it is based on a biblical principle: the power of agreement. “If two people agree on earth about anything they ask,” said Jesus, “it will be done for them by my Father in heaven” (Matthew 18:19). Partnership is particularly effective when praying for a long-term request or complex problem. When one intercessor grows weary, another can encourage the other and help shoulder more of the burden. One may receive a spiritual insight that the other can confirm. One may have a spiritual gift that the other lacks. Partners complete each other. And when your request is answered, how exciting it is to praise God together!