Preparation for Intense Intercession
Whenever you want to intensify your effectiveness in prayer, I suggest you take extra
time to prepare. This list is a guide to preparation.
1. Set your mind on the Spirit, worship
Start with praise of Holy God. Include thanksgiving for what He has done.
Isaiah 6:1 - 3, Psalm 100, Philippians 4:4-7, many other scriptures on worship and
2. Humble yourself
Recognize you are entering the presence of the Holy God. We all are fallen
sinners by nature. Isaiah 6:1 - 5, Nehemiah 1:5, 6
Recognize all success in your life comes by the grace of God. Acknowledge Godʼs
gifts to you are for use in His Kingdom, and not to elevate you above others.
I Corinthians Ch 12
Come to Him in child-like faith. Romans 8:15 - 17, Luke 11:9 - 13
3. Confess any sins God brings to mind
Any harbored sin is a barrier to communing with God. Ask God to reveal any sin
which is unconfessed or unrepentant. Confess any that He reveals and receive
his cleansing. I John 1:9, Daniel 9:5 - 11
Difference between conviction and feeling guilty:
Holy Spirit convicts us of sin so we can repent, be forgiven, and be restored.
Satan makes us feel guilty, so we think God rejects us, to keep us from God.
4. Yield yourself to the cross; deny yourself (your ﬂesh). Fast if appropriate.
Our ﬂeshly nature (based in our self will) opposes God at every step.
Romans 8:6 - 8, Galatians 5:17
It is also the only way into our lives through which devils can enter. John 10:1, 8
Crucify the ﬂesh and its deeds (put it to death). Galatians 5:24, Colossians 3:5 - 11
Jesus demonstrated how to do that in Gethsemane when he said to the Father,
“Not my will but Thine be done.” Luke 22:40 - 44
Fasting assists us in crucifying the ﬂesh.
5. Set God’s Kingdom and God’s righteousness as highest priorities
Jesus promised God would provide for all our needs and for all our anxieties if we
seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness ﬁrst. Whenever we place these
above all other priorities, the other things we worry about always get cared for.
6. Take authority over the powers of darkness
Conﬁrm you are covered by the blood of Jesus Christ. The blood prevents Satan
from making an accusation stick. Ephesians 2:13, Revelation 12:11
No weapon directed against you can prosper. Isaiah 54:17
You are under the authority of Jesus Christ, and demons cannot stand before His
name. Ephesians 1:21, Philippians 2:9, 10
Mentally put on the armor of the Spirit. Ephesians 6:13 - 18
7. Ask God to direct you to pertinent scripture. Ask God to direct you to scripture to
prepare you for intercession. As you study scripture at various times, write down
references for scriptures which apply to various situations. Refer back to your list.
Ask God to remind you of the particular scriptures you need at the time. If He
gives you a scripture reference, look it up. Psalm 119:105
8. Listen for God’s voice
Take time for silence. Listen for His voice from scripture. Listen in your heart.
I Kings 19:12, Psalm 46:10
Recite memorized scripture and meditate on it. Psalm 119:11
9. Bring the individuals or groups of people by name before the Lord.
Good intercessory scriptures (substitute the names of those for whom you pray
into them): Ephesians 1:15 - 23, 3:14 - 21, Colossians 1:9 - 14
10. Allow the Spirit to be the intercessor through you (Romans 8:26)
11. Unite with other believers in prayer (Acts 1:13, 14; 2:42)
12. Be persistent and consistent in prayer (Daniel 6:10; 10:12 - 13)
Remind yourself of the nature of spiritual warfare: In war, you keep ﬁghting until
the battle and ultimately the war is won. Prayer helps Godʼs army triumph.
13. Be committed to praying until God answers PUSH (Pray Until Something Happens)