An intercessor: One who intercedes, a person who intervenes on behave of another, especially in prayer.
An intercessor is someone who is either called or chooses to be a mediator on behalf of those who cannot or will not intervene for themselves. An intercessor pleads, counsels, requests, begs, discusses, risks, and sacrifices themselves for those who need them. Intercessors make positive impacts on final outcomes for those people they serve.
Intercessors and a praying person are not the same. Anyone can pray and not all praying humans are intercessors. Intercessors live their lives to intercede on another person's behalf. They wish to bring favor and impact while changing God’s heart for another. There were numerous people in the Bible who were intercessors and here are some of their characteristics.
Intercessors Take Risks and Sacrifice Themselves:
Abraham suffered God’s displeasure by pointing out at least ten godly people in Sodom and Gomorrah. This can be found in Genesis 18:22.
Moses chose to be extinguished from God’s book in Exodus 32:32.
King David disobeyed and took the census. He was willing to be destroyed to seek safety for his people in 1 Chronicles 21:17.
Daniel spoke with God even when he was angry in Daniel 9:16
Martha risked her friendship with Jesus and challenged His decision to delay in John 11:21-22.
Jesus became sin and laid down His life so we could find forgiveness in Isaiah 53:12.
Risking public exposure, a father feared man’s opinions interceded for his possessed son in Mark 9:17.
Stephen risked an angry crowd and asked God to forgive them in Acts 7:59.
Queen Esther put her own life on the line and defended her people before the king. She was willing to face the king and receive banishment or worse in Esther 4:16.
Young David faced Goliath for Israel and won in 1 Samuel 17:37.
Intercessors Defend and Volunteer:
Each person above defended others with boldness. Whenever someone they loved needed them, they were there to defend them with their lives. Most parents of numerous species have the instinct to defend their young. For them, it’s part of their makeup. Their hearts bubble to the surface when a threat occurred.
Intercessors have the willingness to do something for another person. They will volunteer even when not asked to participate in another person’s defense. Intercessors step up to the plate to accomplish something greater than themselves. We know that Jesus said there is no great love than to lay down one’s life for his friends in John 15:13.
Heart of the Intercessor:
Intercessors stand in the gap for others. They seek mercy instead of judgment and they seek life over death. They are more than willing to risk and sacrifice in order to capture mercy for others like in James 2:13.
They stand in humility and service. They have a strong willingness to serve in their heart with humility. Intercessors highly esteem those they see as worth saving like in Matthew 23:11.
Those people within the Bible mentioned above found a place of favor with God. They walked and talked with God and trusted in Him. Even those without a personal relationship with Jesus, but knew His works and His Words understood His nature and authority. They risked it all no matter what.
The Intercessor’s Results:
Past and present intercessors lay down their lives, dreams, ambitions, and personal agendas in order to follow Jesus’ footsteps. They understand the results of this journey multiplies with each intercession they stand in. they pray, request, take a stand, and bear fruit for the masses at large.
The Bible shares Jesus wants our input, but he makes the final decisions. He listens and He becomes part of the outcome. For additional scriptures about volunteer intercessors who lay down themselves for others. Isaiah 64:7, Isaiah 59:16, Isaiah 53:12, Jeremiah 30:13, Jeremiah 27:18, Ezekiel 22:30-31, Psalms 106:23
God will restore the calling of intercessors to the body of Christ. He raises up an army of volunteers who are willing to count their cost. They see what is at stake and they are willing to put themselves on the line for those around them.