An intercessor is one who stands in the gap between two persons to broker peace. He is the one who wants to see the true interests of the two persons involved come to fruition. He stands in-between the weak and the strong; the weak believes in him to have influence over the strong for his benefit and the strong respects his opinion about the weak. In extreme cases, he fights even for those who do not know or even care about his love and care for them. No wonder the apostle Paul writes of Jesus in Romans 5: 8, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Christ did not die for us because we were sorry for our sins; He died for us even while we were committing sin with pride.
One of the greatest needs of this generation is the need for true intercessors. Apostle Paul writes in Ephesians 5: 6, “Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things (sin) cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.” The wrath of God is sure coming and God is not proud of it nor joyfully willing for it to be so, so He says in Ezekiel 22: 30- 31, “And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none. Therefore have I poured out mine indignation upon them; I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath: their own way have I recompensed upon their heads, saith the Lord GOD.” These verses makes us to see that the wrath of God is avertable- if intercessors will arise.
You see, the beauty of intercession is that God is willing to let the matter of judgement for sin on sinners pass away if there will arise someone who cares enough to plead with God. God is never too angry to be pacified about the falling away of any man or nation. As far as God is concerned, everyone or nation must be given a chance to repent and even if they do not, God is willing to hear an intercessor who will at least say ‘Lord give some more time’ or even be bold enough to say ‘Lord, please forgive.’
Abraham had to intercede for Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis 18: 18- 38 because of Lot. Even though Lot had despised him and added insult to the injury by separating grievously from him and had further resented to return to him even after he had delivered him from being a prisoner of war, Abraham’s love for Lot made him overlook all that and he still interceded. Abraham literally put God on the spot, asking God to spare the land if there were 50 righteous in the land. He pleaded progressively downward until he asked God to leave the land if there were found 10 that were righteous in the land. If Abraham had pressed on God further, I strongly believe God would have spared the land for Lot’s sake. God knew Abraham’s interest was in Lot and so the angels had to take care of Lot first, before destroying the sinful cities. Lot’s salvation was a result of Abraham’s intercession.
Moses was a more adamant intercessor. While Abraham approached God with diplomacy, Moses told God that if God would not forgive the people, God should start the punishment from himself. God offered Moses a personal and generational commitment but Moses did not fall for the bait. He acknowledged the sins of the people before God after he had rebuked them but still asked God to forgive them. Moses told God to delete his name from the book of life if God would not forgive the people. The account is found in Exodus 32: 30 to 34. Moses’ intercession for the people saved the whole nation from divine annihilation.
Jesus our High priest was and remains a super intercessor. He told Simon Peter in Luke 22: 31- 32, “… Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.” Simon Peter was not even aware of the plot of satan over his life. Jesus saw it coming and interceded for him. Even now He is still at the right hand of the father interceding for us all. 1John 2: 1 says, “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:”
Beloved, it is time for us to rise and intercede. Our bishop and pastors need us. Our nation needs us. Our state needs us. Our spouses and children need us. Our churches need us. You must know that interceding is a form of seed sowing. What you ask God to accomplish in people, will automatically be accomplished in your life. Remember that he that waters will be watered also.
We must fight the enemies of our willingness, zeal and power to intercede. These include the spirit of unforgiveness, unhealthy competition, laziness, focusing on only the outward appearance of things, hatred, malice etc.
It is time to be less selfish in the place of prayer. We must receive the spirit of Prophet Samuel who said, in 1 Samuel 12: 23, “Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way” and act likewise. God bless you.