by Melissa Nordell
Types of Intercessor Specialties:
Intercessors, and especially intercessory leaders, need to be well-versed and experienced in all types of intercession. 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 or two of these specific areas, but by no means does an intercessor always intercede 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. In corporate intercession we must follow decently and in order (1 Corinthians 14:40).
Please explore the following specialties in intercession and see where you fit the best or where you tend to lean, noting the pitfalls to be aware of:
Warfare Intercessors – These intercessors are typically involved in high-level spiritual warfare, binding and loosing. They follow the Lord, battling against His enemies, and are familiar with demonic hierarchies (principalities and powers and rulers of the darkness for instance) 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 with good things like healing after something is bound; binding in the wrong timing; not binding backlash; not having proper alignment or protection; operating in legalism; 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 but also can include warfare, prophetic acts, and dance intercession. It involves finding what has defiled the land by inquiring of the Lord, often confirming through historical facts and present reality. The more the darkness is expelled by these intercessors, the more of Jesus’ light can prevail. 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 nations, cities, or the world. 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; becoming negative; not discerning the right information in media, the internet, or words from others; not being in the Word of God and not worshiping the Lord enough, seeking His face.
Crisis Intercessors – These intercede for crises, emergencies and immediate needs like 9/11, Japan’s 3/11 Tsunami, COVID-19, Amber Alerts, or an ambulance with someone on the side of the road. This specialty in intercession often includes interceding to prevent or stop weather situations and natural disasters in order to decrease and stop loss of life and property. Example: Abraham in Genesis 18 interceded for Sodom and Gomorrah. Pitfalls: stress and lack of sleep; taking on too many problems; taking on the burden personally and physically; watching too many videos or seeing too many graphic photos of bad situations.
Birthing or Midwife Intercessors – These intercessors love to “birth” souls, revival, 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: When Elijah prayed for it to rain, he 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 (you cannot make travail happen in the flesh); midwives interrupting the travailer; the travailer stopping before the birthing is finished. 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 to achieve God’s purpose. Example: Jeremiah burying his underwear in Jeremiah 13. Pitfalls: they can be accused of being weird; they need to be able to not succumb to rejection from people and fully be able to hear from the Lord and act on it.
Compassion and Mercy Intercessors – These feel compassion for others, especially for the lost. They feel other’s needs and hurts. They intercede for certain people groups out of compassion (such as for the elderly, children, students, foster kids, babies, the sexually exploited, certain races or the ill), 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 and emotional stress.
Dance Intercessors and Worship Warriors – These intercessors intercede through dance and warring in 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 can include banners, flags, hoops, tambourines, streamers, baskets, etc. Why does this and all prophetic acts work so well? Because 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 outer court praise only and do not enter the Holy of Holies in true intimacy with the Lord. Performance and man-pleasing is a pitfall as well. 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. True prophetic dance must follow the Lord’s lead.
Personal Intercessors – These intercessors are called and sometimes appointed to intercede for pastors and leaders in a personal way 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; 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, but others may intercede for a specific business. Example: Joseph in Egypt. Pitfalls: wanting the glory or demanding money for successes; control; discussing secrets with others.
Intercessors for Israel – All 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 establish prayer chains, 24 hour prayer watches, times of fasting; and to 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.
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, homelessness, abortion, etc. Example: Nehemiah, Ezra, Mordecai, and Esther. Pitfalls: stopping too soon before the burden is lifted 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 and intercede regarding that. They hear from the Lord about times and seasons and may be seers in this realm (1 Chron 12:32). This often includes intercession about the end-times, for Jesus’ return, for the Bride of Christ to be ready and spotless, or for new wineskins and changes in the Church. 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 of times and seasons and what God is actually saying; 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 intercede for such things as the mission’s protection and finances, but most of all for souls (Matt 9:38). This includes interceding for the persecuted church which is not often included in intercession groups as well. 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. For example, many in the persecuted church do not ask to be freed from prison but unselfishly would rather be in prison to bring souls to Christ in their closed country – another reason to always intercede for God’s will.
For the definition of “intercessor” see: https://strategicprayercommandmin.com/2022/09/05/what-is-an-intercessor/