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Key Verses

  • I searched for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand in the gap before Me for [the sake of] the land, that I would not destroy it, but I found no one [not even one]. Ezekiel 22:30 AMP
  • And He saw that there was no one, And was amazed that there was not one
    to intercede
    ; Then His own arm brought salvation to Him, And His
    righteousness upheld Him. Isaiah 59:19 NASB

Our Role Model for Intercession

  • Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for themHebrews 7:25 NKJV
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  • Therefore He is able also to save forever (completely, perfectly, for eternity) those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to intercede and intervene on their behalf [with God]. Hebrews 7:25 AMP

Intercession Essential

  • Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you; but I will teach you the good and the right way. 1 Samuel 12:23 NKJV

Who to intercede for

  • Spouse: Isaac pleaded with the Lord for his wife … Genesis 25:21 NKJV
  • Children: “Arise, cry out in the night, at the beginning of the night watches! Pour out your heart like water before the presence of the Lord! Lift your hands to him for the lives of your children Lamentations 2:19 ESV
  • Believers: With all prayer and petition pray [with specific requests] at all times [on every occasion and in every season] in the Spirit, and with this in view, stay alert with all perseverance and petition [interceding in prayer] for all God’s peopleEphesians 6:18 AMP
  • Those in Authority: First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving be offered for everyone—for kings and all those in authority—so that we may lead tranquil and quiet lives in all godliness and dignity. This is good and pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2:1-4 BSB
  • The place where you live: Seek peace and well-being for the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf; for in its peace
    (well-being) you will have peace.’ Jeremiah 29:7 AMP

Examples of those who interceded

  • Job: So now, take seven bulls and seven rams, go to My servant Job, and sacrifice a burnt offering for yourselves. Then My servant Job will pray for you, for I will accept his prayer and not deal with you according to your folly. For you have not spoken accurately about Me, as My servant Job has.” So Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite went and did as the LORD had told them; and the LORD accepted Job’s request. After Job had prayed for his friends, the LORD restored his prosperity and doubled his former possessions. Job 42:8-10 BSB
  • MosesYet now, if You will forgive their sin—but if not, I pray, blot me out of Your book which You have written.” Exodus 32:32 NKJV
  • Therefore He said He would destroy them, [And He would have done so] had not Moses, His chosen one, stepped into the gap before Him, To turn away His wrath from destroying them. Psalm 106:23 AMP
  • AbrahamNow return the man’s wife, for he is a prophet; he will pray for you and you will live. But if you do not restore her, be aware that you will surely die—you and all who belong to you.” … Then Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelech and his wife and his maidservants, so that they could again bear children—for on account of Abraham’s wife Sarah, the LORD had completely closed all the wombs in Abimelech’s household. Genesis 20:7,17-18 BSB
  • The Church: So Peter was kept in prison, but fervent and persistent prayer for him was being made to God by the church. Acts 12:5 AMP
  • Epaphras: Epaphras, who is one of you and a bond-servant of Christ Jesus, sends you greetings. [He is] always striving for you in his prayers, praying with genuine concern, [pleading] that you may [as people of character and courage] stand firm, [spiritually mature] and fully assured in all the will of God. Colossians 4:12 AMP