THE IMPORTANCE OF THE PROPHETIC AND INTERCESSION
by Pam Clark
As has been often heard, all prophets are intercessors but not all
intercessors are prophets. I would venture to say that not all
intercessors are even prophetic intercessors, but many are. Prayer is
the basis for every ministry, but some have the unique gift from God for
Intercessors are usually very quiet and low key personalities, but
forceful in their prayer times. They are even a little "strange" to the
general public, hearing things and feeling needs that most others don't
- at least not in the measure that they hear and feel them.
Intercessors will take a need or a word and rehearse it and rehearse it
before the Lord, often using Scriptures to back up the request in asking
God to honor His Word. They understand certain things that please His
Heart and appeal to that. They know how to knock and keep on knocking.
It's a gift, subject to the will of God.
Prophets on the other hand love to pray but their prayer styles are
different. Prophets are visionaries. Not only do they see and assess
the status quo, they see the needs and desire for positive change. As a
prophet matures, they will see many options in the plan of God. They
can become so burdened for the needs that many are called judgment
prophets for a season because they are so zealous to see God act.
Many in their zeal get ahead of God and man and declare their wishes as
the plan when it is only a possibility in the making. A prophet, as a
friend of God, walks with God and has insight but can forget the free
will that God has given man. God does not reveal all of His omnipotent
knowledge to any mortal, but the little that He does release can so
impress some that they believe the prophet "knows everything." They
don't, but if they walk with God and pay the price to do that, they do
get to know His heart and mind and share a portion of His supernatural
When we walk in the Light as He is in the Light, the dark things are
exposed. But as that begins to happen, the individual must focus to
have the heart that Jesus did and that is to motivate and redeem people
to leave the darkness and come into the Light of His Life.
Some are shocked when they begin to see the darkness in others - it can
anger them. The Spirit will strive to have them apply that same
intensity of light to their own lives. Many do, many don't, but when
they do, they qualify for a powerful move and anointing.
When they do, a grace and humility is at work and they can walk as Jesus
did - a friend to sinners. This is a friendship that does not partake
in the sins, but rather allows them to have the strength and abilities
to assist these sinners into the change they need for the better and
more powerful life.
And if they can resist the temptation to control and of strings attached
and manipulations, they indeed have gone to another level, that of
establishing. When they qualify for this level, they are known in the
Spirit as office prophets.
Now called intercessors have a special ministry gift that others don't,
either in capacity or ability. Every minister must interceed as Jesus
for the people they minister to, but intercessors put oil on the wheels.
We each have a personal gift of prayer for the working out of our
individual calling. No one can steal that, or do that work for you.
But when it comes to the Body working as a whole, the intercessors carry
a key role.
It's easy to overlook. It's easy to believe that our own prayers are
sufficient for the works of God, but our eyes need to be unveiled to
this truth. Many people think, "Oh how nice, you prayed." And they
take it as a compliment that you prayed for them or that you did
something for self improvement or that you genuinely cared or were just
whiling away the time in a "comfortable" activity. Many do not
understand the spiritual forces at work.
Has your family ever decided to go on an outing and you got everything
packed and ready to go, all supplies and monies on hand, and then it was
a rotten trip because everything went wrong? I think we all have
experienced something like that at one time or another. You had
everything you needed, but it didn't work out. Why? Spiritual forces.
The enemy hates family cohesiveness and Godly pleasure, even more so in
the Body at large. Intercessors will call down spiritual enforcements.
A pastor may make an announcement that a new sound system is needed.
For most, we think, just go buy something. But, this is for the work of
the ministry. Whether the pastors know and realize it or not, the
intercessors of that church will go to work. They won't make an
announcement but they will go hard at work over every little detail of
that system. It will amaze you the details they get concerned about.
They cover this work in prayer. Here, pastors can misunderstand their
role and think they are too nosey and inquisitive or controlling. They
aren't. Mostly, they are just looking for feedback or direction.
Pastors don't often realize how much they need the intercessors.
Unknowingly offend some and some projects can fall through. Wear them
too thin, and continually change the plans, and nothing goes smoothly.
On the other hand, too, intercessors can overstep their boundaries.
They can feel they are called to lead by their work and not have the
gift of that leadership anointing. Intercessors do not take the first
hits of leadership. They are the enforcements.
Intercession is a servant gift. When Jesus prayed, He prayed for the
will of the Father. He worked to do what the Father was doing. He ever
interceeds for mankind - even to the point that He laid down His earthly
life for us. Intercessors are close to the Father's heart. They follow
Now prophets are seers who make the vision plain so that others may run
with it. They don't have the all-knowing mind of God but they have
portions of it released to them. God releases a word by His Spirit and
the prophets pick up the sound of His Voice and put it into human words.
With good and Godly people skills, they convey the messages and other
ministers work with that as well.
A prophet may have a wonderful vision and inspired message or idea or
even see a serious threat or problem, but it takes the intercessors to
pray it through. Now I say that prophets have sentences and
intercessors have words.
If God is moving by His Spirit, the intercessors may even pick up some
of the words for it before the prophets. But it takes the prophet to
make a sentence out of the words.
If the intercessors try to put the words together without the prophets,
the sentence may be jumbled up and the message distorted because the
full vision is not conveyed yet. But if the prophet's message does not
have prayer over the words, the sentence is never completed. That is
why I say that prophets have sentences and intercessors have words. You
cannot have one without the other.
When office ministers learn how to work with, value and appreciate the
intercessors, ministry will take on new effective dimensions.
Intercessors may have to wait on the office ministers to get with it,
but that also can be a test of self control and something to pray about.
We must seek to understand each other and the forces that work against
us so the work of the goodness of the Kingdom can prosper.
BACK to www.prophetic.net