Guest Post by Josiah Okheape
Main Summary: The Art of intercession by Kenneth Hagin exposes the different kinds of Prayer available to the believer. With its main focus on teaching how any believer can choose to stand in the gap for those who are challenged. Changing situations, no matter how difficult they are with prayers.
Lessons I learned from this book
1. Different kinds of Prayers
2. What Intercession is
3. The Perfect intercessor
4. Why you should intercede
5. What you need for intercession
6. Ways to Intercede
7. Who to intercede for
8. Who can intercede
Intercessory Prayer is not a ministry that requires a calling by God to do. Instead, it is a responsibility for all believers, if they will only grow up into maturity.
Prayer in the kingdom of God is not what we do when we feel like. Or what we can choose to do. Rather it is what we must do. In this book, the author outlines briefly, different kinds of prayers–available to the believer. To enable him partaking in the fullness of his inheritance in Christ.
- Prayer of faith
- Prayer of commitment
- Prayer of consecration
- Prayer of worship
- Prayer of agreement
- Prayer in the spirit and
- Prayer of intercession
What is Intercessory Prayer
It is a prayer for another; it means to stand in the gap for someone other than yourself. The one who prays this kind of prayer is called an INTERCESSOR. He takes the place of another in prayer. Interceding for others is costly, this is the kind of suffering scripture speak when it urges us to suffer for Christ. It is sacrificing yourself for the rescue of others.
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Our Perfect Example
All through scriptures from the old down to the new covenant, we had several patriarchs that played the role of intercession. Abraham interceded for the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. Daniel interceded over his people in Babylon. Nehemiah interceded to see the wall of Jerusalem back up. In the gospels, we saw Anna intercede day and night after she lost her husband, for the coming of Christ, and we can mention a few more.
However, amongst these great people, there is one who took our place. He paid the ultimate price: he took our place completely, all for man’s redemption and restoration. That man is Jesus. “He is able to save us to the uttermost, seeing He forever makes intercession for us” Heb 7:25.
Why You Should Intercede
Every believer in Christ has the authority to take what belongs to him in Christ. But so many today instead of using their authority, seek the help of others to pray for them. My authority can’t work over you because of your will–your ability to choose. The prayer of faith can work for you, but when you pray for others you should switch to Intercession.
Intercession is you standing in for someone who doesn’t know their right and so fail to use their authority over the devil. Everyman is controlled by a spirit or some spirits.
What makes the difference with the believer is; he is identified as a Son when he is led by the Holy Spirit. And because of his understanding, he can stand in the gap for another believer with lesser understanding. The main reason to intercede is because of the Love one has for God.
This book review comes to us courtesy of Josiah Okheape who is a Book Reviewer for Kingdom Book Reviews a very informative and inspirational website. Stop by and see what they have to offer. You just might be surprised. Josiah thank you so much. Blessings and Peace.