From the desk of Steve Shultz:
This is both a teaching on prayer AND intercession (which are two different things), PLUS it's an encouragement for you to enter into an intercessory partnership with God Himself.
God loves our prayers and He moves quickly to hear and answer them according to HIS PURPOSES. But intercession...now that's an entirely different thing. God, in a sense "needs" our intercession. At least that's the way He chose to partner in prayer with His People.
Moved upon by the Spirit of God, God is always calling upon His people throughout the earth to do intercessory battle in prayer – to pray intensely, interceding for various burdens – UNTIL those burdens are "birthed" and the burden then "lifts".
There is a great deal of meaty teaching on intercession here by Wade Taylor, one of God's devoted intercessors!
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The Importance of Private, Personal Intercession
But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. Matthew 6:6
This speaks of the importance and the power of private, personal prayer.
To go into our "closet" and shut the door in order to pray is a very private, personal experience. Here, in the privacy of our "set apart place" of prayer, we can express our heart to the Lord. To express our deep inner desires and feelings in prayer is as medicine to our soul. But there is a greater and more important blessing. Our Heavenly Father hears our secret prayer, and He will openly reward us.
Because no one is involved in our "shut in" time, we can come aside and pray at any time. We "choose" when to pray.
However, intercession is quite different; we "respond" to an intercessory burden which "impregnates" us, and we intercede until it is "birthed." (Photo via Freeimages)
This speaks of the importance and power of private, personal intercession.
Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Romans 8:26
We must respond when this impartation of an "intercessory burden" takes place. Thus, the price of our being an intercessor is very high, as it intrudes upon our time and personal desires. This intercession may come with deep groanings, as in a birthing process. As much as possible, this should be done in private. If in a gathering of the saints, quietly slip out into a private place to "give birth" to the intercessory process.
I can say, "I will pray now," or, "I will wait and pray later." However, I cannot say, "I will intercede," either now or later. I can only say, "I will respond to an intercessory burden, if I am moved upon by the Holy Spirit to intercede."
Intercession is at the heart of the end-time intervention of our Lord. It is the "enabling" that will release and make a way for the Lord to enter the affairs of man. Just as John the Baptist was raised up as a "forerunner" of the birth and ministry of Jesus, so also, in our day, a corporate John (intercessors) is being raised up.
And there appeared a great wonder in Heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: and she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. Revelation 12:1-2
These intercessors will become a "gateway" through whom the Lord will be able to greatly affect and alter the affairs of individuals and nations, in order to prepare them for their place and function in the Millennial Kingdom of God. (Photo via Freeimages)
And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up to God, and to His throne. Revelation 12:5
This "man-child" does not refer to the birth of Jesus two thousand years ago in a manger. Rather, the Book of Revelation is a revelation of "things which must shortly come to pass" (Revelation 1:1). It is a revelation of the future, not an affirmation of the past.
This "man-child" is a fully matured and qualified body (overcomers), of whom Jesus has become the active head. This "catching up" can be thought of as being a "rapture," not away from the earth in escape, but our being "lifted" to rule nations in power and authority with consequence.
The "woman" who gives birth to this "man-child" is a committed Body of intercessors within the present-day Church. She is clothed with the sun (Son) and has the moon under her feet. That is, she is receiving direct (sun) revelation from the Lord, being impregnated directly by Him for intercession, rather than moving in reflected, indirect (moon) revelation, that is received from others.
Being birthed through intercession and caught up into a higher realm, these are "ruling with the rod of iron." This speaks of end-time authority, which is imparted to a Body of overcomers whom the Lord has prepared to rightly use this authority. These ruling "overcomers" will bring tribulation to the ungodly, and impart righteousness, peace, and joy to the godly. This will lead into the establishing of the Millennial Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ.
And they sung a new song, saying, "Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for Thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by Thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; and hast made us to our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth." Revelation 5:9-10
This Body of overcomers is being birthed from within the Church of our day, and is presently being lifted in intercessory anointing, to bring forth the end-time birthing of the purpose of our Lord.
May each of us, who are feeling these birth pains, understand and rightly respond. And if not, may we present ourselves to the Lord as being willing to become an intercessor.
Wade Taylor Ministries / Parousia Ministries
Wade Taylor graduated to Heaven on February 29, 2012. He served others as a teacher and spiritual father for over 50 years. He was respected and loved by many for his quality of spirit and walk with his Lord. He was an anointed author, bringing forth deep truths of the Spirit with a clarity and simplicity that drew the reader up into a closer walk with the Lord Jesus Christ.
Nancy Taylor Warner, daughter of Wade Taylor, spent most of her childhood in a Bible school environment due to the calling on her father's life. In 1981, the Lord called her to support his message and she since has functioned in a variety of positions. Today, in response to her dad's wishes and the encouragement of its board of directors, she now oversees Wade Taylor Ministries. Nancy travels at times to speak and pray for others. She particularly enjoys teaching on intimacy with God and other truths that relate to our spiritual growth. She brings an expectation for the visitation at hand, and prays for the life and ministry of Christ to be imparted by the Holy Spirit each time she ministers. Nancy's special gift of relating to and loving people stems from her own love for Jesus and His Kingdom. Her spiritual life messages flow into the hearts and spirits of those to whom she ministers.
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