Praying for President-elect Trump is an opportunity for me to explain a wider concept of intercessory prayer. Have you heard of prophetic intercession? It is a completely different approach to prayer. A friend and brother recently asked for my thoughts on the subject; and it seems worthy of sharing more widely. Contrast prophetic intercession with what I call “pathetic” intercession. Please don’t whine when you talk to God. Prayer is conversation with God; so be adult about it. He has made certain promises which He expects us to remind Him about, and hold Him to them. Pray with a basis for expecting Him to do what we ask because He said He would.
Praying for the new President and “leader of the free world” is a sobering assignment and is not for the faint of heart. The future of our country, Israel and indeed the world is at stake. So, let’s look at a few simple ideas about prophetic prayer.
Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. Romans 13:1-2
Prophetic Intercession – a Twelve Step Plan
- Pray into what God has already declared He will do.
- Prayers are answered if you pray what God wants.
- Don’t whine or beg; but agree with God.
- Authority is from above; God’s heart, not your heart. (King David Acts 13:22)
- Pathetic intercession is about what I want (general, all about me).
- Prophetic intercession is targeted (specific, God’s plan). Example: Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
May they prosper who love you. Psalm 122:6 This is a prayer God will answer.
- What do you see God doing? Pray into that.
- What do you hear God saying? Pray into that.
- What has God already said and done? Base your request accordingly.
- Requires scriptural foundation.
- Requires hearing the Holy Spirit
- Requires seeing by the Holy Spirit (Elisha and his servant 2 Kings 6): eyes to “see”.
And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. 2 Peter 1:19-21
Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists (Read more)