Principles for Effective Intercession

1. Make sure that your heart is clean before God by having given the Holy Spirit time to convict, should there be any un confessed sin.

Psalm 66:18

“If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.”

2. Acknowledge that you cannot really pray without the direction and energy of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 8:26

“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts know the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.”

3. You need to die to your own imagination, desires and burdens for what you feel you should pray.

Proverbs 3

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.”

Proverbs 28:26

“He who trusts in himself is a fool”

4. Ask God to be in control of your prayer time, and let him lead you through it. This needs to be done with faith and a heart of thanksgiving

Ephesians 5:18

“Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead be filled with the Spirit.”

Hebrews 11:6

“Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”

5. Praise God in faith for your prayer time, knowing that he will hear and answer your prayers. Praise him for the fact that through him his has made your prayers offered up to him, powerful and effective in Jesus Name.

James 5:16

“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective”

6. When God leads you in prayer to deal with the enemy, (Satan) you need to use the word of God as your weapon of choice. The word is called the sword of the Spirit. You also need to remember that the battle against the enemy is fought by the lord, our job is to stand firm on the promises of God and flee all temptations that will cause us to sin against God. God tells us to put on our full armor and stand firm in the day of evil. Nothing else! Stand firm on the promises of God.

Ephesians 6:10-18

10Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.

11Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.

12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

13Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

14Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,

15and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.

16In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

17Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

James 4:7

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

7. Wait in silent expectancy, Then in obedience and faith, and pray what God has brought to your mind, be sure not to move onto the next subject until you have given God enough time to tell you all that he wants to regarding this particular burden that he has brought to mind. This is especially true when praying in a group setting.

John 10:27

“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.”

8. Have your bible (sword of the spirit) ready should God want to give you direction or confirmation from His word.

Psalm 119:105

“Thy word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path”

9. When God ceases to bring things to your mind concerning that particular burden, finish by praising and thanking Him for what he has done.

Romans 11:36

“For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.”


God knows the great weakness of the human heart towards pride, and if we speak of what God has revealed and done in times of intercession with him, it may lead us to commit this sin against him.

God shares his secrets and burdens with those who are able to keep them. They may come a time when He will definitely prompt us to share, but unless this happens we should remain silent.

Luke 9:36

“When the voice had spoken, they found that Jesus was alone. The disciples kept this to themselves, and told no one at that time what they had seen”.

Luke 2:19

“But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart”

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