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Prayer and Intercession

Do what is Impossible. See what is Invisible. Hear what Inaudible.

A Few Questions…

1) First prayer on the Bible?

Gen 20:7he will pray for you and you will live…

Gen 20:17 then Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelech, his wife and his slave girls so they could have children again.

2) Can we move the hand of the Lord?

Acts 11:21and the hand of the Lord was with them

3) Who is the Intercessor by Excellence? Jesus!

How did he pray?

  • Early in the Morning (Mark 1:35) / (Mark 6:46)
  • Away from everyone else (Mathew 6:6)
  • Pray w/ those you have intimacy (Luke 9:28-36)
  • Search God before big decisions (Luke 6:12;13a)
  • Glory to God (WARNING!!!) – Is 42:8 says I am the LORD; that is my name! I will not give my glory to another or my praise to idols. Plus in Proverbs 16:18 is written: Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.

4) What is a prayer?

Things happen in heaven!

Psalm 141:1-2: Lord, I cry unto thee: make haste unto me; give ear unto my voice, when I cry unto thee. Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.

5) Does God Listen to me?

Acts 10:2 & 4: A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God always… And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God.

6) Understanding the relationship between God – Jesus – Me

John 5:19: Jesus gave them this answer: “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does”;

John 15:5: I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

7) Pain and Privilege

We’re selected to reflect God’s Glory, but we have to participate of His suffering. Jesus agonized at the Gethsemane. He was fighting against principalities and potestades (Lc.22:39-46). In the Gethsemane, his agony (with deep pain) was more than in the cross. He fought with his flesh (our will) and defeated principalities and potestades. Jesus anticipated the pain from the detachment of the Father. But He conceived and gave birth to the Light, to His Church.  – Today, He intercedes for us.

Reviewing few basic topics:

1) Evidences/Promisses:

Exodus 3:7-8a: The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them …”;

Exodus 2:23-24: During that long period, the king of Egypt died. The Israelites groaned in their slavery and cried out, and their cry for help because of their slavery went up to God. God heard their groaning and he remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob.

Psalms 34:17-19: The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. A righteous man may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all.

2) Does God like to be asked:

Isaiah 62:6-7 “I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; they shall never hold their peace day or night. You who make mention of the LORD, do not keep silent, and give Him no rest till He establishes and till He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.”

3) Who are you struggling against?

Ephesians 6:12: For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms

Ephesians 2:2: of the ruler of the kingdom of the air,…

4) Do you know how to pray?

Rom 8:26: We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us.

5) When should I pray?

  • Philippians 4:6: Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
  • I Tess 5:17-18: Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks…
  • Colossians 4:2 Continue in prayer…
  • James 5:16: Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed.
  • Mathew 26:41: Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation…

6) What is the basis of our justification?

The blood of Jesus!

Heb 10:19-20: Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body…”

Rom 5:9: “Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!

Type of prayers:

I Tim 2:1 recommends to practice: “exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men.”

1) God as the center of the prayer:

  • Thanksgiving: Psalm 9
  • Praise (recognizing His works): Psalm 135 – 136 – 147. It’s the entrance of:
  • Adoration (recognizing His character): II Chronicles 5:13-14

2) Me as the center of prayer:

  • Petition (declarer our needs): Mark 11:24
  • Consagration/Dedication
  • Giving/Resting
  • Cry out: Daniel 9:3

3) Other(s) as the center of prayer:

  • Intercession (meeting & confronting)  – James 5:16

Ways to Pray:

  1. Particular: Matthew 6:6
  2. Collective as a body (in agreement): Acts 1:14a // Acts 4:24 – 32


Our prayers and intercessions mobilize them.

Ex 33:2:  I will send an angel before you and drive out the Canaanites, Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites.

Acts 12:5-8: So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him. The night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries stood guard at the entrance. Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up. “Quick, get up!” he said, and the chains fell off Peter’s wrists. Then the angel said to him, “Put on your clothes and sandals.” And Peter did so. “Wrap your cloak around you and follow me,” the angel told him.

Acts 10:3: One day at about three in the afternoon he had a vision. He distinctly saw an angel of God, who came to him and said, “Cornelius!” Cornelius stared at him in fear. “What is it, Lord?” he asked. The angel answered, “Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God.


It’s clear that hands are to be lifted to God in prayer and worship only if it is the expression of what one feels in his heart.

I Tim 2:8 I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing.

Solomon began his prayer while standing and somewhere during the prayer he fell to his knees (1 Kings 8:22, 54; 2 Chron. 6:13). Stretching his hands toward heaven was also one of his body positions during this prayer (1 Kings 8:22, 54; 2 Chron. 6:13).

Psalm 88:9 I call to you, O LORD , every day; I spread out my hands to you.

Holy Weapons

To Attack:

The Name of Jesus (the basis of our authority )

Philippians 2:9-10: Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

Col 3:17: “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus…”

Acts 4:12: “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”

Mat 28:18-19: “Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Eph 1:17-23: I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.”

To Defend/Protect (Ephesians 6:14-17)

Any defect in our armor will allow the enemy to defeat us.

The Sturdy belt of Truth and the Body Armor of God’s Righteousness:

Jesus is the Truth and His blood is our justification, therefore sins have to be confessed!

1 John 1:6-10: “If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.”

Psalm 66:18-20:“If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened; but God has surely listened and heard my voice in prayer. Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me!”

Psalm 32:3-5: “When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer. Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD “- and you forgave the guilt of my sin.”

Prov 28:13: “ He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.”

Consequences to pray w/ sins not confessed:

I Peter 3:7: Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.

I John 4:20: If a man says, I love God, and hates his brother, he is a liar: for he that loves not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?

I John 3:15: Whosoever hates his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.

Isaiah 59:1-2: Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

Isaiah 1:15: And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.

Psalm 66:18: If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.

Shoes put the peace that comes with the Good News;

Romans 5:1: Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

II Cor 5:19: To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

Shield of Faith (fiery arrows)

Romans 11:20: Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou stands by faith.

II Cor 1:24: Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand.

James 1:6-8:“But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; 8he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.”

Matthew 21:22: And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

Helmet of Salvation

Psalm 3:8: Salvation belongs to the Lord.”

*Notice that it says to take the helmet of salvation. The original meaning is more then just taking. It means to “receive” or “accept”..

Sword of the spirit, which is the word of God

Romans 10:8: But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;

1 John 5:14-15:“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us–whatever we ask–we know that we have what we asked of him.”

John 15:7: “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.”

Isaiah 58:6-9: “”Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter- when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.  Then you will call, and the LORD will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.”

James 1:21-25: “Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it–he will be blessed in what he does.”

Ephesians 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

I John 3:22 says:

And whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him, because we keep His commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.

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