Prophetic Intercession

Prophetic intercession is an amazing gift that brings insight and revelation from God to prayer. For me, it began early in my walk with the Lord and most often occurs while I’m praying in tongues although I’ve often had prophecy occur in crisis situations when God simply speaks and I listen!

Not everyone will necessarily have the prophetic element as a feature of their prayer life since God gifts each of us as He sees fit.

“…to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in various tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, who apportions them to each one as He determines. -1 Corinthians 12:11

Whether we have a prophetic gift or not, it needs to be said that all those who belong to Jesus have the ability to hear His voice.

“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” -John 10:27

The ability to hear His voice and recognize it is something that is cultivated through relationship with Him and over time. I personally believe that being able to hear His voice is one of the most wonderful things that we have as His children. It connects us to God relationally in a way few other things can!


The Prophetic Voice

Throughout the years I have had God speak startling things to me that I could not have known which turned out to be completely true.

As is the case with all spiritual gifts, prophecy can be cultivated or neglected.

Early on in my walk with the Lord I had clear indication that God had given me the gift of prophecy but it was here-and-there and something that I failed to give adequate attention to.

I really began to take note of the gift of prophecy after a number of very dramatic instances where I heard actual words, not necessarily audibly, but for all practical purposes they may as well have been. These were often just phrases or a sentence, but at times came as a stream of words as clearly as if a friend were sitting across from me talking.

Prophetic revelation may often be accompanied by a “word of knowledge” or “word of wisdom” unfolding or confirming what God is communicating.

Prophetic intercession in my own life has developed over time as I’ve employed the gift of prophecy during prayer. Prophetic intercession involves the gift of prophecy and prayer, intertwines the two, and fuels both! Intercession can invite prophecy, and prophecy can in turn drive prayer.


How Prophetic Intercession Works In My Life

Let me explain in practical terms how prophetic intercession works in my own life.

I’m a firm believer in the value of praying in tongues.

“I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you.” -1 Corinthians 14:18

I happen to agree with that statement!

Praying in tongues is one of the most valuable gifts God has given me.

Even so, when I got baptized in the Spirit I was initially resistant to speaking in tongues. I said, “God, I’m not going to fake it!” And I didn’t. I walked away that day totally filled with His Spirit but not speaking a single syllable in tongues.

I had one of the most amazing experiences with the Holy Spirit a man could ever have, but I was closed to tongues and did not speak in tongues. God did not deny me His Spirit for that reason- He simply waited to give me the gift of tongues until I asked. Eventually I asked. And after I asked, there was a tongues explosion! I was praying constantly in tongues!

In my own experience praying in tongues is often the fuel that ignites prophecy.

I believe the reason that’s the case is because, as scripture says, it connects us in a direct and yet mysterious way to God.

“For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to people but to God. Indeed, no one understands them; they utter mysteries by the Spirit.” -1 Corinthians 14:2

What I discovered in my own life is that after uttering these “mysteries by the Spirit” there would often come some kind of understanding that I would then use to begin praying in English.

“For this reason the one who speaks in a tongue should pray that they may interpret what they say.” -1 Corinthians 14:13

While praying in tongues God is illuminating my spirit and bringing prophetic revelation to my prayers!

In actual practice, I may begin for a season simply praying in tongues.

After some time I am given some understanding, often just a phrase, thought or scripture.

As I begin to pray those out in English, more will come to me, often still in English, and I will pray until I have no more thoughts to pray.

At that point I will go back to praying in tongues, wait for fresh insight, and repeat the cycle of praying in English.

This “prayer cycle” can go on for a very long time or be rather short.

There is also no timetable here when it comes to receiving revelation. I may pray in tongues very briefly and very quickly be given revelation, or I may pray in tongues for hours and receive revelation later that day or sometime later in the week!

What I’ve noticed, however, is that there is a direct correlation between my praying in tongues and receiving prophetic revelation.

Someone may say, “Well, that certainly sounds pretty subjective!” And, of course, it is. This is something that must be done by faith or you will never do it!

The fact is, however, if you truly have the gift of prophetic intercession you will notice that what God is showing you is very often eventually evidenced in actual life and will be confirmed in one way or another to be true.

We should not be surprised that God is able to give revelation of the past, present or future that would have been otherwise unknown to us.

“The king said to Daniel, ‘Surely your God is the God of gods and the Lord of kings and a revealer of mysteries, for you were able to reveal this mystery.'” -Daniel 2:47

The gift of prophetic intercession is directly tied to our ongoing relationship with God. While we may still be able to operate in His giftings during times that we are distant, it certainly isn’t wise and is more likely to end up in error.

Prophetic intercession depends on being rightly related with God. Our desire must be for Him and for truth.

As always, anything we think we’ve heard from God must be tested against God’s Word.

“Do not treat prophecies with contempt.” -1 Thessalonians 5:20