7 PILLARS OF A LIVING
Intercessors are called, but
few are chosen. To be chosen, is to have gone through
the fire and yielded to His Sovereignty through death to
self. In the process, also yielding to Him to perfect
the character/ alignment of oneís body, soul and/or
spirit to His image.
An intercessor may walk their
whole life in preparation for one moment in history: for
the moment they cast their vote and pray just one
prayer. It is like Moses when he interceded for
Israel. So intercessors are not necessarily prayer
warriors, that pray all the time and thus their volume
of prayers is what bears weight in the kingdom. Rather
it is their walk in the Lord that bears the weight.
The pillars of walking and being sustained in this place
of intercessory assignments are: Free will, Sacrifice,
Faith, Hope, Love, Favor, Peace, Partnership.
These pillars are all gifts
from Godís grace and measure, so they are not earned nor
are they the criteria of being chosen for a task. They
grow with each assignment. So these are the marking or
gifting of an Intercessor. Here is a brief description
of these gifts.
1. Intercessors are
Volunteers, the calling is not commanded of them. Each
assignment is offered, then accepted by free will with
no coercion by God in the offering. But the option is
made clear in advance, that there are risks, challenges,
and great reward, no matter what.
Isa 6:8-11 NKJV
Also I heard the voice of
the Lord, saying: "Whom shall I send,
And who will go for Us?"
Then I said, "Here am I!
And He said, "Go, and
tell this people: 'Keep on hearing, but do not
understand; Keep on seeing, but do not perceive.' 10
"Make the heart of this people dull, And their ears
heavy, And shut their eyes; Lest they see with their
eyes, And hear with their ears, And understand with
And return and be healed."
Then I said, "Lord, how
2. Intercessors have the
Gift of Giving and receive pleasure in sacrifice, even
Ps 50:5 NKJV
"Gather My saints together
to Me, Those who have made a covenant with Me by
Isa 53:10-11 NKJV
Yet it pleased the LORD to
bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His
soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He
shall prolong His days, And the pleasure of the LORD
shall prosper in His hand. He shall see the labor of
His soul, and be satisfied.
3. Intercessors have great
Faith for breakthrough when in the midst of the
sufferings of many loved ones.
1 Sam 30:6-8 NKJV
Now David was greatly
distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because
the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for
his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened
himself in the LORD his God. Then David said to Abiathar
the priest, Ahimelech's son, "Please bring the ephod
here to me." And Abiathar brought the ephod to David. 8
So David inquired of the LORD, saying, "Shall I pursue
this troop? Shall I overtake them?" And He answered
him, "Pursue , for you shall surely overtake them and
without fail recover all."
4. Intercessors have Hope
enough to visualize the victory, the point of
breakthrough. This hope carries them through anything
that comes their way, acknowledging that nothing passes
by them by accident. That whatever burns was meant to
burn and whatever is multiplied is meant for great
harvest for many.
Rom 5:3-5 NKJV
And not only that, but we
also glory in tribulations , knowing that tribulation
produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character;
and character, hope. 5 Now hope does not disappoint,
because the love of God has been poured out in our
hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
5. Intercessors have
stubborn love. This is Godís Fatherly heart for His
people, that simply wonít quit or change. Godís love
covers a multitude of sins and it is that love that an
intercessor draws upon when the chips are down.
1 Cor 13:7 AMP
Love bears up
under anything and everything that comes, is ever
ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are
fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures
everything [without weakening].
1 Peter 4:7-8 NKJV
But the end of all things
is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your
prayers. And above all things have fervent love for one
another, for "love will cover a multitude of sins ."
1 Cor 13
If I had the gift of
prophecy, and if I knew all the mysteries of the future
and knew everything about everything, but didn't love
others, what good would I be? And if I had the gift of
faith so that I could speak to a mountain and make it
move, without love I would be no good to anybody. 3 If I
gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed
my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn't love
others, I would be of no value whatsoever.
4 Love is patient and
kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or
rude. Love does not demand its own way. Love is not
irritable, and it keeps no record of when it has been
wronged. 6 It is never glad about injustice but rejoices
whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up,
never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures
through every circumstance.
8 Love will last forever,
but prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and
special knowledge will all disappear. 9 Now we know only
a little, and even the gift of prophecy reveals little!
10 But when the end comes, these special gifts will all
11 It's like this: When I
was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child
does. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. 12
Now we see things imperfectly as in a poor mirror, but
then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All
that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I
will know everything completely, just as God knows me
13 There are three things
that will endure ó faith, hope, and love ó and the
greatest of these is love.
6. An Intercessor is marked
with great Favor of being daily loaded with benefits.
The provision is liberal Favor/ Grace in whatever gift
is necessary in heaven and on earth to be able to
complete the assignment, stay stable and be kept. The
provision is ALWAYS more then enough.
Ezra 7:19-20 NLKV
And whatever more may be
needed for the house of your God, which you may have
occasion to provide, pay for it from the king's
7. An Intercessor knows the
power of walking in Peace. It requires learning how to
daily lean/ abide to find the balance of keeping
oneís peace in daily living. Godís peace is the
barometer that holds him stable and when that peace is
challenged, the intercessor will do whatever is
necessary to re-gain that peace.
Rom 16:19-20 NKJV
For your obedience has become
known to all. Therefore I am glad on your behalf; but I
want you to be wise
in what is good, and simple concerning evil. 20 And the
God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly.
8. An Intercessor becomes
Godís Partner and is willing to express His heart in
whatever way He sees fit to express it. The partnership
eventually becomes the greatest joy, passion and desire
to be able to give pleasure to Him and receive intimacy
from Him in the process.
Ex 33:12-17 NLT
12 Moses said to the LORD,
"You have been telling me, 'Take these people up to the
Promised Land.' But you haven't told me whom you will
send with me. You call me by name and tell me I have
found favor with you. 13 Please, if this is really so,
show me your intentions so I will understand you more
fully and do exactly what you want me to do. Besides,
don't forget that this nation is your very own people."
14 And the LORD replied,
"I will personally go with you, Moses. I will give you
rest ó everything will be fine for you."
15 Then Moses said, "If
you don't go with us personally, don't let us move a
step from this place. 16 If you don't go with us, how
will anyone ever know that your people and I have found
favor with you? How else will they know we are special
and distinct from all other people on the earth?"
17 And the LORD replied to
Moses, "I will indeed do what you have asked, for you
have found favor with me, and you are my friend ."
WORD TO PONDER: BROKEN
HEARTS OF STONE 9/27/06
Yes, it is true, precious
one, until your heart was broken, it was never truly
open. I have been plowing through the stony ground of
your heart and making it tender. In the process, I have
removed rocks of offense, those stones that would cause
you to stumble, should they continue with you in your
journey. As you have offered each offending hard place
to Me, as your Loving Surgeon, I have with purpose and
passion plunged in to save your life. My great and
loving mercy is with you and I promise you healing on
the other side of brokenness. Do not withhold yourself
from your family of believers. My desire is to give you
one heart, even as I have called you as one body.
Ezek 11:19-21 NKJV
Then I will give them one
heart, and I will put a new spirit within them, and take
the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a
heart of flesh, that they may walk in My statutes and
keep My judgments and do them; and they shall be My
people, and I will be their God. But as for those whose
hearts follow the desire for their detestable things and
their abominations, I will recompense their deeds on
their own heads," says the Lord GOD.
John 17:11-12 NKJV
Holy Father, keep through
Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be
one as We are.