I was shocked to receive a message about ‘Ferocious intercessors,’ aggressive in prayer will demolish all Satan’s works. Hence, all were requested to join. ‘Fervent prayers’ are mentioned in the Bible, certainly not ferocious prayers. (James 5:16) Those who ‘brand’ themselves as ‘Intercessory Warriors’ use such terms, which are not biblical. The message also said they will savagely defeat all enemies. Strangely, they do not even have discernment between Satanic and human.
John Knox prayed: “Give me Scotland or I die.” This was indeed a passionate and fervent prayer. His love for the Lord and his great desire for his nation to be transformed by the power of the gospel. Such intercessions are needed for every nation.
Moses pleaded for the stubborn Nation of Israel. “But now, if you will forgive their sin—but if not, please blot me out of your book that you have written.” (Exodus 32:32) Moses was willing to perish with the disobedient nation, if Lord will not forgive their sins. This identification with sinners is fervent prayer.
Daniel wore sack cloth, fasted, and prayed for the Nation of Israel to return back to Israel from Babylonian exile, claiming God’s promise through Prophet Jeremiah. (Daniel 9:2) Indeed, he identified himself with the rebellious nation and confessed for their sins. (Daniel 9:4) Nehemiah also identified with the sinful nation and asked for mercies. (Nehemiah 1:6)
Weeping and lamenting prophet Jeremiah prayed: “Oh that my head were waters, and my eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people!” (Jeremiah 9:1)
Paul likewise prays: “For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh.” (Romans 9:3)
True intercession acknowledges God’s Sovereign authority, righteousness, covenant, promises. Then identifying with the people, intercessors plead for them. Love is supremely expressed that they are willing to give up their privileges in Lord Jesus Christ. Intercession is not ferocious or aggressive or arrogant.
How do I intercede for others?