Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men (1 Timothy 2:1 New King James Version).
So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one (Ezekiel 22:30).
Intercessors help carry the burdens for others, while they speak with God on their behalf. Intercessors are on call 24/7; God will place people, situations, nations, or even things not yet come to pass on the hearts of intercessors to pray about. Intercession requires time, strength, and stamina; one can lose sleep, skip meals, feel weighed down and burdened by the cares of others they are bringing before God. Still others don’t even know some of the people they are praying for, they just begin to pray. Intercession is serious business because we are gap fillers in the wall. We come in to pray ,and through our prayers we help to hold up the saints, break through barriers, pull down strongholds, and wage war in the spiritual realm.
The Hebrew word “paga” is normally translated to mean “make intercession”. Strong’s concordance #6293 describes it this way: to reach; to meet someone, to pressure or urge someone strongly; to meet up with a person; encounter, entreat; to assail with urgent petitions. This verb occurs 46 times. In some passages it is translated “meet” as in Josh. 2:16. In Josh. 19:27, “paga” refers to the extent to which a tribal boundary is reached. Sometimes the verb refers to “falling upon” someone in battle (1 King 2:29). Paga is also translated “make intercession,” the idea being that a supplicant catches up with a superior, and reaches him with an urgent request. Thus, intercession involves reaching God, meeting God, and entreating Him for His favor.
Let’s Pray: Dear Heavenly Father, thank You so much for this wonderful morning! Thank You for the opportunity to come before You in prayer. Father, we are privileged to be intercessors and to be able to stand in the gap on behalf of the land. May we not shirk our duty, may we find strength and stamina when we grow weary, may we find joy in the midst of sorrow, may we follow the promptings of Your Holy Spirit to pray when necessary. May those times when a name comes to mind be times where we begin to pray for that person; may we recognize every opportunity to intercede. We love You and we give You all praise and glory. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Today’s Attitude of Worship: If you find it hard to understand intercession, remember this: on the night He was betrayed, Jesus interceded for you.
Additional Scriptures: Exodus 32:9-14; Numbers 12:13; Numbers 21:7; 1 Samuel 12:23