It’s the kind of question people don’t ask – they’re afraid the answer could open a can of worms. But it’s on their minds: What is a prophetic intercessor?
A great book definition of it:
Prophetic Intercessor – seems to hear from God almost as much as they speak to God. Exhortation, faith, wisdom, words of knowledge and discernment flow from the prophetic intercessor.
With those who are “eyes” and “ears” (prophetic intercessors), God often shares the secrets of His heart and the strategies of His work. God reveals His plans to them. At times He reveals the plans of the enemy, as well. (Jeremiah 33:3, 1 Thessalonians 5:19-21) – Beyond the Veil by Alice Smith
Your burning question may still be, “But what does a prophetic intercessor do beyond pray lots?”
Father has a job description to fit His unique and specific calling on the life of a prophetic intercessor. Yet there are also similarities amongst the differences. Below is what living out Father’s calling on my life looks like:
Connect with and Encourage Ministry Leaders
Over the years, Father has had me encourage and connect with ministry leaders all over the world. Some connections become a long-term partnering, some are for just a season of ministry, and some are for the length of a phone or email conversation.Through these relationships and connections, Father has me live out the heart of Hebrews 10:24 to His Beloved shepherds and leaders.
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.
Teach and Train
I teach about intercessory prayer and spiritual warfare at churches or small group gatherings.
I train short-term mission teams through a training called Luke 10 Training to prepare the teams to effectively intercede for the people and the country they are traveling to as well as how to knowledgeably battle the spiritual warfare they will face there.
Sometimes, I lead mission teams in intercessory prayer on-site on the mission trip.
Come Alongside Churches, Ministries, and Individuals
I have given you authority . . . to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.
Long-term, ongoing, and debilitating spiritual warfare is an opportunity to join Father in believing His promise to us in Psalm 20:6-8 and countless other verses.
Now I know that the Lord saves his anointed; He answers him from his holy heaven with the saving power of His right hand. Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm.
I detail more stories of churches, ministries, and individuals experiencing freedom from bondage and from long-term, ongoing, and debilitating spiritual warfare in my book Precious Stones of Intercession: Specific and Persistent Prayer on Behalf of Others.
Speak and Write
Our churches, ministries, families, and world are in desperate need for us as believers to daily walk in the power and authority we have been given and to actively and boldly fight against the spiritual warfare that attacks us on all fronts.
My mission in speaking and writing is to help build up the body with practical strategies to make the above a functional reality in their church, ministry, and family life.
Even I Have Asked the Question
As a prophetic intercessor, I have the honor and the privilege to intercede, and to strengthen, encourage and comfort the body of Christ through Father’s words (1 Cor 14:3).
It is a calling I never thought of having. It’s a calling I and others have questioned. It’s a calling that invites both the curiosity and critique of others. It is a calling I wouldn’t have chosen for myself.
And yet, in submitting to Father’s plan and living for an audience of One, I increasingly find that there is no greater honor and no greater privilege than to be who He has called you to be and to do what He has called you to do (Eph 2:10).