“There is a sphere of authority that you have that no one can touch like you can” (Cindy Jacobs)
See Ezekiel 22:30:
King James Bible
“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.”
Holman Christian Standard Bible
“I searched for a man among them who would repair the wall and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land so that I might not destroy it, but I found no one.”
New International Version
“I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land, so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one. “
So….Job, Samuel, David, Moses, Hannah, Paul, William Seymour, Rees Howells, Lou Engle, others, and above all, JESUS, were examples of how just one stood in the gap through intercession to repair the walls that separated people and things from God – and they helped so many – and you can too as one person!
Definition of an Intercessor: One who intercedes; one who goes between. An intercessor is a person who by calling or by nature chooses to be a mediator on behalf of those who need intervention through intercession and perhaps cannot intercede for themselves. This includes standing in the gap for not only a person but people groups, a body of believers, the land, a business, a region. An intercessor builds on the concept of prayer but moves beyond personal conversation with God and petitions and follows Holy Spirit’s leading. An intercessor waits on Holy Spirit’s direction and does accordingly.
Through intercession, we get the tremendous honor of being a bridge between a person or a place that still needs to fully experience God and all He has for them, transforming them in God’s kingdom aspects. This is often referred to as “standing in the gap.” When there is a person or circumstance still defined by things that do not represent God’s heart, such as brokenness, sin, poverty, lack of salvation or injustice, an intercessor recognizes a gap between the present reality and the truth and possibilities of God’s kingdom—a kingdom of wholeness, truth, love, and justice. Through following Holy Spirit, that intercessor listens for God’s plan to make a change for the good, to transform; allowing His kingdom to come and His will to be done in the situation.
Intercessors must not just pray, but prophetically intercede by hearing directly from God and not from their mind or natural inclination in order to get instructions from Him as to what to declare, decree, speak out loud, what root to pull out, what prophetic act to perform, or what spirits to bind.
Types of Intercessor Specialties
Intercessors and especially leaders need to be well versed in all areas of intercession with experience in all. However, this list shows how some feel a specific “bent,” specialty, lean, and concern for certain areas of expertise. Intercessors frequently find themselves interceding predominantly for one two of these specific areas but by no means does an intercessor just intercede always in one area. A pitfall for all intercessors is to intercede for your particular “bent” in corporate intercession when the group is going a different direction, not following the leader’s or Holy Spirit’s direction, or not following the purpose for which that assembly has been organized. Of course, the main purpose of intercession is to help bring souls into God’s kingdom. Please explore the following specialties in intercession and see where you fit the best or where you tend to lean.
Warfare Intercessors – These intercessors are typically involved in high-level spiritual warfare, binding and loosing. They follow the Lord and battle against His enemies and are familiar with demonic hierarchies and how things work in the spirit realm. Pitfalls: warring too much; having an angry spirit; having no mercy; always in war mode; getting in the flesh; binding but not replacing after something is bound; binding in the wrong timing; not binding backlash; getting ahead of Holy Spirit.
Transformational Intercessors – These intercessors intercede prophetically, asking the Lord what is needed for a city, a church, a business or a region to bring kingdom change, or “transformation”. Most often, this involves repentance most of all, but also includes warfare, prophetic acts, and dance intercession. It involves finding what has defiled the land by inquiring of the Lord, often confirming through historical facts. Pitfalls: not correctly hearing from the Lord; not inquiring of the Lord properly and doing it without His direction; not having proper “alignment” or protection; going it alone; doing things out of His timing; binding principalities when He has not authorized it and/or He has not given the name of the spirit specifically (hence always binding Jezebel for instance).
Political Intercessors – These have a healthy burden for things in the political arena that need change and for particular nations or cities. Pitfalls: thinking about politics too much; getting in the flesh; getting angry in an ungodly way; being in fear; arguing about politics with others; watching or reading the news too much; not being in the Word of God and not in the Holy of Holies, worshipping the Lord, enough.
Crisis Intercessors – These intercede for crises, emergencies and immediate needs like 9/11, Japan’s 3/11 Tsunami, COVID-19, Amber Alerts. This specialty in intercession often includes interceding to stop weather situations and natural disasters to decrease and stop loss of life and property. Example: Abraham in Gen 18 interceded for Sodom and Gomorrah. Pitfalls: stress and lack of sleep; taking on too many problems; taking on the burden personally and physically.
Birthing or Midwife Intercessors – These intercessors love to “birth” souls, new ministries, schools, and Godly businesses. This may involve travailing, which is a type of birthing intercession. Midwife intercessors sometimes help the travailing intercessor to birth what Holy Spirit is wanting to birth. Example: Elijah when he was praying for it to rain got down in the birthing position seven times before the rain cloud formed (1Kings 18). Pitfalls: doing it in the flesh; not following Holy Spirit. Be aware that there might be several intercessors birthing the same thing at the same time.
Prophetic Acts Intercessors – These are Ezekiel and Jeremiah type intercessors that act out what the Lord tells them to do with specific prophetic acts. Example: Jeremiah burying his underwear, eating the scroll, etc. Pitfalls: they can be accused of being weird; they need to be able to not succumb to rejection and fully be able to hear from the Lord.
Compassion and Mercy Intercessors – These feel compassion for others, especially for the lost. They feel other’s needs and hurts. They intercede for certain age and people groups such as the elderly, children, schools and colleges, foster kids, babies, the sexually exploited, certain races, or the ill out of compassion and mercy for them, often feeling their hurts. Example: Hannah; Epaphras in Col 4:12. Pitfalls – “unsanctified mercy;” taking on too many burdens and not giving the burden of it to the Lord; taking it on personally and physically to the point of physical illness.
Dance Intercessors and Worship Warriors – These intercessors intercede through dance and worship. This type of dance includes prophetic acts and gestures (“He teaches my hands to war” Ps 144:1), and sometimes a warring dance. This includes banners, flags, hoops, tambourines, streamers, baskets, etc. Why does this and all prophetic acts work so well? – it is by faith and all the glory has to go to God and not yourself. Example: Anna in Luke 2:36-38; Miriam. Pitfalls: many of this type of intercessor stay in the outer court only and do not enter the Holy of Holies. Some dance intercessors feel like they enter the Holy of Holies but in fact have not. Every dance intercessor needs to know how to get into Holy of Holies to intercede and to worship, not just to war and not just to enter the outer courts. Dance intercession is not just pretty or entertaining dance; it is always movements and acts led fully by the Lord in order to be effective. To be prophetic dance, movements must follow the Lord’s lead. Performance and man-pleasing is a pitfall as well.
Personal Intercessors – These intercessors are called and sometimes appointed to intercede for pastors and leaders as a specific assignment. See Dr. C. Peter Wagner’s book Prayer Shield for information on levels of personal intercessors (in Chapter 6). Pitfalls: gossip about the leader; not keeping things confidential or trying to control that leader; pride in position; charismatic witchcraft or soulish intercession.
Marketplace Intercessors – These intercessors are called and often appointed to intercede for certain businesses. Some may intercede for a certain industry or marketplace sector, as others may intercede for a specific business. Example: Joseph in Egypt. Pitfalls: wanting the glory or demanding money for successes; control; discussing secrets.
Intercessors for Israel – All intercessors should intercede for Israel, but some have a specific burden for Israel and the Jewish people (Ezek 33). Pitfalls: not knowing enough of the Word, the history of Israel or contemporary issues there.
Administrative Intercessors – These intercessors find it easy to gather people together, establish prayer chains, assemble people to intercede in a crisis, etc. These intercessors are sometimes the scribes for an intercession group. Example: Ezra, Mordecai. Pitfalls – not taking time to intercede but concentrating on the administration of it all – in excess.
Issues Intercessors – These intercessors see a need and seek to solve it, not just emergencies. This might include the state of the Church, sex-trafficking, abortion, etc. Example: Nehemiah, Ezra, Mordecai, and Esther. Pitfalls: stopping too soon (which often happens) or interceding even after the Lord says it is enough; taking on the burden physically.
Issachar Intercessors – These intercessors feel a burden for times and seasons, or the future. They see what is to come. They hear from the Lord about times and seasons or are seers in this realm (1 Chron 12:32). This often includes intercession about the end-times, for Jesus’ return and for the Bride of Christ to be ready and spotless. Example: Anna, John the Revelator, Samuel, Daniel in the Bible, and Chuck Pierce in the present. Pitfalls: feeling the burden too much and not giving it to God after intercession; fear; misinterpretation; not knowing the Word of God.
Missions Intercessors – These awesome intercessors are burdened for the needs and issues of missions and missionaries around the world. This is such a much-needed job as most intercessors do not intercede for missions far away but concentrate on their own area and church. Missions intercessors pray for missions’ protection and finances, and most of all souls for the harvest (Matt 9:38). This includes interceding for the persecuted church which is not often included in intercession groups. We must always understand and include the persecuted church in our intercession and know their needs and requests. Pitfalls: not fully understanding the deep needs and dangers for the missionaries; praying soulish prayers and not what the missionary requests or not what the area and culture may dictate; not fully understanding what the persecuted church requests since many in the persecuted church do not ask to be freed from prison but would rather, unselfishly, be in prison to bring souls to Christ in their closed country – so always intercede for God’s will for them.