Intercessory Prayer (continued)
Through discernment, Paul knew to write the Corinthians concerning their carnality (1 Corinthians 3:1), and he prayed for them accordingly. However, in Ephesus, he had discernment that these brethren could receive the highest knowledge that God had to give and thus prayed Ephesians !:15-23. An intercessor has to have this kind of discernment - how to pray for the Body of Christ, whether it be to pray for an error in doctrine, for carnality, or for the maturing of the Body.
7. An intercessor will yield to the Holy Spirit for God's thoughts (Romans 8:26, 27; Acts 8:26-39; Hebrews 7:25).
8. An intercessor is not an escapist from trials and testings, for it is in these things that we learn how to conquer and become a full, mature intercessor of the Lord. An intercessor cannot be an escapist because he cannot understand the trials and troubles of others and intercede for them if he escapes from his own "tribulation ... distress ... persecution ... famine ... nakedness ... peril, or sword" (Romans 8:35).
"Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us. For I have come through a process of persuasion to the settled conclusion that neither death nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things about to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 8:37).
9. An intercessor stands against death and against spiritual wickedness in heavenly places. In Ephesians 6:12, the Word says five times "against:" once the Word says we are "not against flesh and blood," but as God's intercessors, the Word says four times we are against the spiritual tyrants of evil.
"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."
"For ours is not a conflict with mere flesh and blood, but with the despotisms, the empires, the forces that control and govern this dark world - the spiritual hosts of evil arrayed against us in the heavenly warfare" (Ephesians 6:12).
10. An intercessor is: God's enemies are the intercessor's enemies. God's enemies are: the devil (the father of the lie); the lie; "the mystery of iniquity"; the operation of the mystery of iniquity is listed with the inventors of evil things which are against the the Word of God; the inventors of evil "who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshiped and served the creature more than the Creator, Who is blessed for ever. Amen"; armies of the aliens; antichrist; the false prophet; the last enemy; the great dragon.
These are God's enemies; therefore, they are our enemies.
(continued with # 4)