As we have been called again and again into prayer battles, I want to step back and provide more of an equipping piece. This is on discerning and stepping into our “place of intercession.”
In a past Discerning the Times, I was led to invite us to pray that President Trump’s words spoken at the UN (which prophetically identified by name the growing evils facing the world) would be empowered to accomplish their purpose.
In that same DTT, I also offered a section from the book that I have just finished introducing the concept of the place of intercession. It is in this context of a relationship with Jesus Christ that one steps into the dynamic of cooperating with the Holy Spirit in advancing the Kingdom of God on earth. This is a place that is beyond politics, a place where we are called to share with God the Father in shaping history according to His plans and purposes.
This place of intercession is a calling that really does transcend political position or personal convictions. This can make it a very difficult place to be. At times it results in confusion from people who may hold differing political or social views. This is even more true when the situation is highly polarized, which is what we see currently with US politics.
The direction to pray, given by the Spirit, could suggest that if one felt called to support a different political party then one was not hearing from the Holy Spirit. Pauline, an intercessor from the United Kingdom, explains it this way:
What if God calls different people to pray and vote for different politicians and parties, because God wants a certain balance of power within the government to stop people like Trump and Johnson ‘running away’ with their own ideas and importance, and having such a large majority, that they cease to be accountable to the electorate.
So, God might call certain people to vote Democrat even though He wants Trump to be president. If Johnson had had a big majority in parliament in the last few weeks, he may well have got the vote through for Brexit super quick, but he may have broken constitutional procedures that could have undermined for years the way decisions were made in our country. In less developed and educated countries, that could be a slippery slope to dictatorship.Pauline (UK)
Again, this is not about political conviction, but about being faithful to being led by the Holy Spirit and stepping into the hard place of intercession. To explain this work of intercession and the “place of intercession” in more detail, I have made three videos.
Part #1 The Experience of stepping into Your Place of Intercession: The Model of Rees Howells.
How Rees Howells models stepping into a place of intercession which included removing the blocks of the dictators to the advancement of the Gospel. This was in the day when many could not see the dangers of Fascism and Nazism. My own call into my place of intercession was to pray for two unpopular American Presidents—Bush and Trump
Part #2 Defining the Place of Intercession: The Model of the Old Testament Prophet Amos.
The Lord calls Amos from Judea to go speak to the Northern Kingdom of Israel. This was more than a shift in geographic location. It was stepping into his place of intercession where the prophet was brought into the dynamic of speaking God’s word. Amos entered this extraordinary dynamic in which in response to his prayers, “God changed His mind.” We will also be called into our place of intercession where we will be empowered to cooperate with the Holy Spirit. This is a place that is beyond politics in which we take part in God advancing His Kingdom plans on earth.
Part #3 How the Lord May Call You into Your Place of Intercession and Give You a Role in Fulfilling His Kingdom Plans.
Once in your place of intercession, you will discover that God will use you in the most amazing ways to take part in the fulfillment of His Kingdom plans. There is a line in Amos that really caught my attention: “Certainly, the sovereign LORD does nothing without first revealing his plan to his servants the prophets.” (Amos 3:7 NET) We find this is true. The Lord will bring us into His plans and through our prayer and obedience will give us a part in fulfilling them.
This has profound implications for us. Are we part of fulfilling God’s purposes, or are we blocking them? Or worse, on Satan’s side? I share some reports of how I found myself in the role of shaping history according to God’s Kingdom plans during the 2016 election of Trump.
I think you will find these short videos helpful in discerning your place of intercession. I am convinced that we will find that the Lord will call us as part of His Kingdom plans.
Please let me know if you have any questions about this. And please let me know how we may pray for you as you discern and step into your place of intercession.