An intercessor is a person who, by calling or nature, chooses to be a mediator on behalf of individuals who require intervention through intercession but may be unable to do it for themselves. This involves not only standing in the gap for an individual, but also for people groups, a congregation of believers, the land, a company, or a region. Intercessors experience God's grace and love as well as the pain and difficulty of living with sin in a fallen world.
Intercession is important because without it, no one would come to the throne of Christ to receive mercy. Without intercession, there would be no hope for anyone. Intercession is also important because it reminds us that while Jesus died for all, some will never believe. Therefore, those who remain unreached include everyone from every nation, tribe, language, and culture. There are still people who have never heard about Jesus or seen him, yet they are saved because of his death on the cross.
Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, unless you repent, you too will all die." (Luke 13:3) Repent means to change one's mind regarding something; to turn around from something done or thoughtless words said. Thus, to repent is to change one's mind about sin and turn away from it. Jesus is saying that unless we change our minds about sin, it will continue to control us and we will keep dying spiritually.
An intercessor is someone who prays, pleads, or begs God in the name of another person. It's a well-known Biblical notion. The most well-known example is when Abram bargains with God to lessen the need of finding 50 virtuous men to 10 righteous men in order to spare Sodom and Gomorrah. In the end, only 10 people are saved from destruction instead of all the people in these cities. But Abraham pleads on behalf of everyone in the world even though he believes it will only save ten people.
Today many Christians believe that if they pray for others then God will answer their prayers. This belief comes from Paul's words in Ephesians 6:18: "And pray in the spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests." Since we know that God hears the prayers of those who love him and want what's best for others, we can assume that he'll answer those prayers that are based on faith in Jesus Christ.
Intercession is not only limited to prayer but also includes acts of kindness and charity. For example, Mary Magdalene traveled with Jesus during his time on earth and was one of his closest friends. She saw everything he saw and knew every moment of his life. Yet she did not try to persuade him to declare himself king at any point during his ministry. Instead, she anointed him and his followers after he died. She must have believed that this was what Jesus wanted her to do!
An intercessor reminds God of His promises until they are kept. We must continually be aware of what we know and believe about the Lord in our hearts in order to remind Him of His promises. When we do so, He will keep them before Him always.
God has promised to always help those who seek Him: "But you have not come to a mountain that can be touched with a man's hand or closed up against the rain or snow, or sealed by rock; but You have come to my heart, which is weak enough to need all the help I can get." (Isaiah 40:22)
He has also said, "Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you cannot find anywhere in books alone; for this God, our Father, knows everything about us even before we think of asking him." (Jeremiah 23:23-24)
God wants to communicate with us, but we often hide from Him because of our sin. Hiding prevents Him from knowing what we are thinking, which is why we need reminders from those who love us. Intercession keeps God aware of our needs and thoughts, which enables Him to guide us and help us at every turn.
Intercession also brings glory to God.
Now, the most important thing for an intercessor to realize is that individuals who are called to intercede must regard themselves as "COVENANT" prayer partners. This implies they are in a prayer partnership, first with God, and then with the individuals they have agreed to pray with. If this relationship is broken, so too is the call to intercede.
An intercessor must also understand that while he or she may be able to influence others through their prayers, the only person who can bring about change in another's life is that individual himself or herself. No one else can do it for them. An intercessor must thus be willing to let go and allow God to work through his or her partner.
Finally, an intercessor must know that while it may be his or her job to draw people to Jesus through their prayers, it is God who saves souls. An intercessor cannot take credit for those he or she has brought to Christ nor should he or she try to lead others to believe that they can save themselves. An intercessor must thus be ready to bear witness to Jesus in all he does.
In conclusion, an intercessor is someone who has been chosen by God to pray for others. It is his job to draw people to Christ through his prayers and to let him know any obstacles that might come up along the way.