Prayer For All People

Some Principles For Effective Intercession
by Joy Dawson

  1. Praise God for the privilege of engaging in the same wonderful ministry as the Lord Jesus (Hebrews 7:25). Praise God for the privilege of cooperating with Him in the affairs of men.
  2. Make sure your heart is clean before God, by having given the Holy Spirit time to convict, should there be any unconfessed sin (Psalm 66:18; Psalm 139:23-24). Check carefully to make sure you don't harbour unforgiveness or resentment toward anyone (Matthew 6:12; Mark 11:25). Job had to forgive his friends for their wrong judgement of him, before he could pray effectively for them (Job 42:10).
  3. Acknowledge that you cannot really pray without the direction and energy of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:26). Ask God to utterly control you by His Spirit, receive by faith that He will, and thank Him (Ephesians 18; Hebrews 11:6).
  4. Die to your own imaginations, desires, and burdens for what you feel you should pray (Proverbs 3:5,6; 28:26; Isaiah 55:8).
  5. Deal aggressively with the enemy. Come against him in the all-powerful Name of the Lord Jesus Christ and with the "sword of the Spirit"--the Word of God (James 4:7).
  6. Praise God now in faith for the remarkable prayer meeting you're going to have. He's a remarkable God and will do something consistent with His character.
  7. Wait before God in silent expectancy, listening for His direction (Psalm 62:5; Micah 7:7; Psalm 81:11-13).
  8. In obedience and faith, utter what God brings to your mind believing (John 10:27). Keep asking God for direction in relation to who or what you are praying for, expecting Him to answer. He promises to guide and direct you (Psalm 32:8). Make sure you don't move on to the next subject until you've given God time to discharge all He wants to say to you regarding this particular burden; especially when praying in a group. Be encouraged from the lives of Moses, Daniel, Paul, and Anna, that God gives revelation to those who make intercession a way of life.
  9. If possible have your Bible with you should God want to give you direction or confirmation from it (Psalm 119:105).
  10. When God ceases to bring things to your mind in prayer, finish by praising and thanking Him for what He has done, reminding yourself of Romans 11:36.

    • A WARNING: God knows the weakness of the human heart towards pride, and if we speak of what God has revealed and done in intercession, it may lead to committing this sin. God shares His secrets with those who are able to keep them. There may come a time when He definitely prompts us to share, but unless this happens we should remain silent (Luke 9:36; 2:19). 1985 by Joy Dawson



Guidelines for Corporate Times of Praying For Others - ILME
Principles for Effective Intercession Text taken from Chapter 7 "Intercession, Thrilling and Fulfilling", By Joy Dawson