Spiritual Gifts

Intercession

Luke 22:41-44 • Acts 12:12 • Colossians 1:9-12 • Colossians 4:12-13 • 1 Timothy 2:1-2 • James 5:14-16

 

Definition

A Holy Spirit-empowered ability to commit significant time and energy toward praying to God for individuals, communities, nations, and circumstances.

 

Common Characteristics

  1. A willingness to pray daily for substantial periods of time (at least an hour or two)
  2. A frequent burden for particular things and an inability to stop praying about them until God removes the burden
  3. A tendency to accompany prayers with “symbolic actions” like laying hands on pictures or maps
  4. An ability to hear God regularly and accurately directing prayer to specific needs 
  5. A tendency to see frequent and specific answers to prayer
  6. A willingness to practice fasting as a part of earnest prayer
  7. A desire to pray for nations and systems as well as individuals 
  8. An ability to deeply identify with the person being prayed for
  9. An ability to take authority and pray with conviction of the power of prayer

 

Ways to Grow in Christ’s Likeness

  1. Expect God to reveal things to you
  2. Use discernment in sharing with others what God reveals to you in prayer, recognizing that some information is meant solely to guide prayer
  3. Pray genuinely and simply in public settings, avoiding drawing attention to yourself
  4. Remember that God responds to faith, not simply repeated words and lengthy prayers
  5. Always use your power as intercessor to bless and not to curse
  6. Be alert to chances to help others, and when given a request, pray on the spot
  7. Encourage others to pray about needs or decisions in their lives
  8. Follow the impulse to pray whether you understand the reason or not
  9. Balance your times of prayer with concrete, down-to-earth acts of service

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