An intercessor is a person who by calling or by nature chooses to be a mediator on behalf of those who cannot intervene for themselves. The work of an intercessor is to make requests, urge, plead, beg, counsel, discuss, risk, sacrifice, and make war on issues relating to the weaker ones, and thus they have an impact on the final outcomes for those they serve. The work of an intercessor is to fight the battle in the background, on behalf of the people. The liberty that we enjoy as a Nation is the result of the shed blood of the soldiers of war. We cannot get back what the enemy has stolen without fighting him, and this will be achieved only through intercession. Intercession is standing in the gap for someone’s need. Intercession is an “action”. It is travailing or agonizing in prayer! Our Lord Jesus is the perfect example. Our Lord Jesus offered up prayers and supplications with vehement (strong) cries and tears (Hebrews 5:7). It is so easy to pray for our own selves and for our families. But God wants us to go beyond that. The word 'intercession' does not have anything to do with knowledge. Unless we take the time sacrificially, we will never be able to intercede. Jesus said 'blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted' (Mathew 5:4). He is talking about the mourning of an intercessor. Weeping might endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning (Psalms 30:5) The Psalmist is talking about the blessedness of answered prayer. The work of an intercessor is not that easy, we need to find out God’s will for that need before you start praying. Before interceding, one needs get into the presence of the Lord. Ask the Lord to fill you with His glory. Then, take the word of God and pray. Do not put your mouth to the problem but put your mouth to the Word of God that has the power to change the situation. Continue to do that till you see the change. Never lose heart. Luke 18:7 says, “And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him though He bears long with them?”
Need of intercessors
God is looking for people who will go before Him and reach out for His mercy and compassion. That will prevent His wrath and Judgment upon the people. Ezekiel 22:30 says, “So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it, but I found no one.” The above scripture describes the work of an intercessor; the intercessor always comes before God on behalf of others. Another work of an intercessor is to plead for God’s mercy. Abraham pleaded with God not to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 18:23-33). Intercessors don't have a heart of hatred even for wicked people. They always plead for God's compassion. Moses interceded when the children of Israel committed the great sin of idolatry. He prayed that God would forgive them; if not he asked God to blot him out of God's book (Exodus 32:32). Finally, the work of an intercessor is to look into the future and take necessary actions. God is letting His people know everywhere about the things to come. The reason behind revealing His plans to His children is that they may PRAY. On one hand the prayer of an intercessor cancels the wicked plans of the enemy. On the other hand, it brings to pass all the good plans that God has. The PRAYER will stop the devil in his tracks. Prayer brings confusion in the enemy's camp.