Since we are in a series of talking about prophetic intercession, I thought I should mention that this means we will be talking about things outside of the conventional view of prayer.
You know what I mean—liturgical and conversational prayers are awesome, but often lack a supernatural element. Prophetic prayer denotes prayers infused with prophetic acts, visions, dreams, God’s voice, and other “out there” experiences.
Somehow in our American culture we’ve learned to dismiss the supernatural to third world countries or the movies. Educated people don’t really believe in such activity, do they?
Educated people really do embrace prophetic intercession
It seems that Daniel received a vast education too, as Ashpenaz mentored him in “the language and literature of the Babylonians” (Daniel 1:3-6). Daniel also “understand visions and dreams of all kinds,” and Nebuchadnezzar found him “ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters in his whole kingdom” (Daniel 1:17-20).
The apostle Paul was highly educated in the Scriptures and the literature of the known world, and experienced miracles, hearing God’s voice, and other supernatural experiences.
Prophetic prayer acts
Prophetic prayer can be unusual, often incorporating obedient acts that seem ridiculous. Be open to God asking you to do something outside your comfort zone because intercession will take you into experiences you’ve never had before. As Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz said, “We’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto.”
The Israelites might have debated the instruction to look upon a snake held high on a pole, but their healing depended on their obedience to this obscure direction (Numbers 21:6-8). You won’t find this prescription in many medical books!
Joshua’s army was instructed to march around Jericho seven times and then shout to bring the city walls down (Joshua 6:1-20). How weird is that?
I once found myself removing invisible vines off of two women caught in spiritual bondage. Tied together by a generational curse of unseen vines, these women wanted freedom. The women could physically feel the relief as I pulled each vine off. Odd I know, but I couldn’t tell the Lord that! I looked stupid, but obedience brought freedom to the women.
So hang on to your hats, we’re in for quite a ride! On Thursday I’ll be posting on what it means to be a supplicant, warrior, and a watchman in prayer. Grab your cup of coffee and join me, Susan
Today’s question: Why is it that we will spend years on educating ourselves for a career or hobby, but not invest time in learning about the spiritual activity of prayer, which involves more than just what we can see, taste, hear, feel, or touch?
Related posts and links:
Instructions, stories, and tips for prophetic prayer: Intercession, God’s End-time Vanguard—How to Pray Effectively For the Things That Matter Most
Barbara Lardinais posted an article on Prophetic Prayer-Straight as an Arrow that I found refreshing. I think you will too.
“Jesus likes it when we share.” -Adelaide, age 3: Pass this along to everybody and their brother. OK, maybe not everybody’s brother, but you know . . . all of your friends would be nice.