Intercessory Prayer Tips

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Intercessory Prayer Tips

Things to Do in Corporate Intercessory Prayer:

Engaging in Spiritual Warfare:

The intercessor develops warfare themes in two ways.  First, we proclaim God’s victory by 1) agreeing with the supremacy of Jesus, 2) declaring prophetic decrees and 3) reminding God of His promises. Secondly, we denounce the enemy 1) by confessing sin, 2) resisting Satan and 3) renouncing the works of darkness. Engaging in Spiritual warfare is essentially done by agreeing with God and disagreeing with the enemy. Worship is agreement with who God is and is expressed by declaring the truth of God. Intercession is agreement with what God promises to do and is expressed by declaring His will.

Pray Biblical Prayers:

We pray the apostolic prayers of the New Testament and apply them to our geographic region and our generation. We also read and pray through the prayers that are found in the Old Testament. Biblical prayers are the blueprint we use to discern how men ought to pray to God. Biblical prayers are actual prayer and worship texts from the Scripture. Locating actual prayers in the Bible is not the same as merely praying scripture verses that are not prayers. When praying through a scripture read the chapter and verse out loud. (Eph. 1:17-19; Php. 1:9-11; Co. 1:9-11).

Declare Prophetic Promises or Decrees:

Lift specific promises of Scripture up to God and ask for their fulfillment in our present-day context. Read specific Scriptures referring to the intervention of God in the affairs of men and nations and translate them into urgent, passionate and heartfelt requests (Is. 62:6-7).

Pray God-Centered Prayers:

God-centered intercessory worship is God’s primary strategy for the Church to resist and dislodge spiritual demonic forces. As a general rule, we focus our proclamations directly to God. There are no New Testament intercessory prayers directed at the devil or at sin. The New Testament distinguishes between two categories of demonic spirits: demonic spirits who dwell inside of people and demonic spirits that dwell in heavenly places called principalities, powers, and rulers of darkness. As a rule we directly rebuke spirits that dwell inside humans. However, we dismantle principalities in the heavens by directly addressing God. (There are exceptions to this general rule, in which case, we focus our proclamation directly to the enemy. This is a governmental function that requires unity with the Holy Spirit).

Pray by Making Petition:

Every prayer in the Intercessory Format should take the form of a petition (request). Focus on “asking” for instead of “explaining” the value and details of obedience. Praying for the release of the Holy Spirit will settle all the other details of obedience in our lives. It requires a lot of discipline for others to follow our prayer of faith and stay in agreement with us when we begin to explain to people the details of obedience. We must focus on asking God for our requests and resist preaching to man. This greatly enhances corporate intercessory meetings.

Pray with a Positive Focus:

Ask God to impart good instead of removing bad. Focus on God’s victory and solution instead of the Church’s problems. This will help us connect rather than disconnect from the Church and will keep us from failing into hopelessness and venting personal anger against the Lord’s bride. Positive prayers are in line with God’s heart because He sees the good in His people.

Be as Specific as Possible:

Pray for specific aspects and arenas of ministry familiar to most people. For example, specific people, ministries, areas, problems, organizations, economic statuses, age groups, etc.

Pray within Our Local Mandate:

Concentrate on our immediate geographic area and fellowship, for we are providentially called to be “watchmen on the walls” (guardians) of the place in which God has chosen for us to reside.

Speak Directly to God:

Be more conscious that He is watching and listening than that others are watching and listening. This draws the hearts of those assembled to the Lord rather than to the one praying. We pray to God instead of praying in such a manner that gives the feeling that we are teaching or exhorting others.

Pray the Will of God:

Ask God to reveal what is specifically on His heart for a people or a place that we may gain divine insight into a certain task that God wants to accomplish. We can pray with full confidence that He hears and answers this type of prayer (1Jn. 5:14-15).

Agree with Others:

Focus on hearing and agreeing with the other prayers that are being lifted up. Agreement in prayer is what gives corporate intercession its supreme value (Mt. 18:19).

Acknowledge God’s Ability:

Begin your prayers with recognition of who God is, specifically the God who can meet this certain petition. This triggers our faith in God to see results (Mt. 7:7-11; Ps. 91:2-4, 103:1-13).

Pray and Ask in the Name of Jesus:

To pray in the name of Jesus is not merely to add it to our prayers, but to pray or ask as His representatives on earth, in His mission and stead, in His spirit and with His aim; it implies union with Christ and abiding in Him, He in us and we in Him (Jn. 14:13-14, 15:16, 16:23-24).

Pray with Thanksgiving:

Give thanks and praise that God will do what you asked (Co. 4:2; 1Ti. 2:1).

Use Your Prayer Language:

Pray in tongues softly unless God releases a corporate word to be interpreted for the group. Do not pray in tongues on the microphone.

Remember that God Enjoys You:

God delights in you and is eager to hear your requests.

Prophecy Being Fulfilled in our Midst: 

Both biblical and modern subjective prophetic words have declared that there will be a Global End-Time Prayer Movement.


Things to Avoid During Corporate Intercessory Prayer:

Praying Too Long:

Do not pray to long; please limit prayers on the open mic to 3-5 minutes or less, unless there is an extra-special anointing on your prayer.

Involving Personal Concerns:

Corporate prayer meetings are not the time to pray for the details of your personal life.  With until ministry time and then ask the ministry team to agree with you with your personal prayer requests.


Please do not use the open mic to teach those who have come into the prayer room to pray not for preaching.  Do not enter into details of areas that need to be changed, doctrinal insights, or prescriptions of what you believe is needed.

Introducing New Ideas:

Do not pray for content or issues that are not shared burdens of the group; this would include praying for odd subjects that most people will not be able to relate to or have never heard of before.

Addressing the Room:

There is no reason to inform the room about the details of specific situations.  Refrain from explaining personal dreams or visions during your prayer.  Instead, just pray to God; pray the idea and objective of what God is speaking to you.

Devotional Prayers:

Avoid devotional prayers that focus on your personal spiritual needs and longings. Keep personal prayers under your breath.

Unrelated Topic:

Do not pray about a topic that the Prayer Leader has not announced; we are trying to have the room all engage in the same direction.  The prayer leader is the one giving direction to the room, please stay on topic.


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