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Prayer of Intercession: The Holy Spirit as an Intercessor


When we pray, we partner with the Spirit of the living God.

He is the one who helps us to pray for “We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express" (Rom. 8:26).

The Holy Spirt, who is also God's divine intercessor lives in us and is there to teach us how to pray, to reveal God's Word to us, to lead us into all truth and to essentially pray through and for us!


Who is an intercessor?

The word intercede is derived from the Latin words inter, which means "between," and cede, which means "to go." To intercede means "to go between." Intercessors therefore, are people who stand in the gap between a person’s need and what should be God will for them.

As intercessors, we intercede on behalf of people, crisis difficult circumstances and scenarios. When we see unforgiveness and hatred, we intercede for love and grace to forgive, where we see unrighteousness, we intercede for righteousness, where there is sickness, we intercede for health and so on and so on.


However, it is important to know that it is the Holy Spirit who fully knows the gaps that God longs for us to plug. He therefore gives us a burden for that which we should pray.

That is why as intercessors we need to completely yield ourselves to the leading of the Holy Spirit so He can we can feel God’s need and allow Him to work through us. That is how we can partner with the Holy Spirit. Our triumph in prayer therefore, is not based on how eloquent we are with words of prayer, but on how much we yield ourselves to the Holy Spirit so He can pray through us!

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