DEGREES OF INTERCESSION
- Each intercessor is called to a specific intercession level.
- A level where each will mature and flow most comfortably.
- Each will grow until the level called to is reached but will not go higher than the level to which God has called.
- God designs each one with the characteristics necessary for the level to which they are called - the body is designed to carry the anointing for that level not more.
- God determines each one's level.
- Not based on partiality or more or less love for anyone.
- Based on each one's function according to His plan and purpose for them.
- There are degrees and stages of intercession.
- The deeper the oneness with God the more the power of the risen life of Christ can operate through the channel.
- It is a position of blessing - the deeper the oneness, the greater the capacity to bless those that bless them and curse those that curse them.
- Degrees of intercession - traits of:
- Degree one:
- Military - Private - non-technical tasks.
- Holy Spirit - will - intercessor of the moment, Holy Spirit empowers person before they pray.
- Jesus - emotions - burden appears too heavy to bear - Jesus comes as heaviness.
- Father - mind - no understanding of the mind or purpose of God the Father.
- Degree two:
- Military - Corporal - technical, clerical, (communications) transmits coded messages without understanding.
- Holy Spirit - burden bearing over time but burdens are not understood as call to intercession - burdens are talked about not truly prayed about.
- Jesus - weight on emotions is not as heavy - talking to others lifts the heaviness.
- Father - understands what is bothering him but not what the purpose of God is.
- Degree three:
- Military - Sergeant - basic training, task group leader.
- Holy Spirit - lives through a burden - response to the Holy Spirit is dependent on His answering questions of intercessor.
- Jesus - feel pain or emotional despair - pain is heightened beyond normal to achieve maximum time.
- Father - understanding and purpose of burden is vaguely known after burden is complete.
- Degree four:
- Military - Lieutenant - tactical leader, commission is offered to accept or reject.
- Holy Spirit - Holy Spirit asks if willing to bear a burden - are given time (with limit) to respond.
- Jesus - emotions involved - weighing the cost of burden can get very heavy.
- Father - think understand what God wants - His purpose usually not totally known - some vagueness (dark speech).
- Degree five:
- Military - Captain - standing group leader, intermediate training, must be decisive and a good example. ex. Jeremiah
- Holy Spirit - Holy Spirit asks if willing to carry a burden - may be an impression - response is fast with a minimum of thinking.
- Jesus - emotions and/or physical pain are involved in carrying of burden - identify with object of burden.
- Father - understand involvement of pain in carrying a burden - explanation is of a general application.
- Degree six:
- Military - Major - base staff, advanced training and training supervision - offers advise to Colonels. ex. Elisha
- Holy Spirit - intercessor asks if can carry a burden that touches his heart.
- Jesus - enter a burden emotionally and physically to the point of feeling forsaken of God.
- Father - understanding of the mind of God is more clear - purpose of burden is known in detail.
- Degree seven:
- Military - Colonel - base commander, general staff, responsibility is great. ex. Moses, Paul, Elijah, Ezekiel.
- Holy Spirit - become one with the Holy Spirit - He controls the will - His burdens are intercessors instantly - what He wills intercessor wills.
- Jesus - become one with Jesus and His sufferings - enter burdens knowing will experience pain and forsakenness because contact with God is denied.
- Father - sees things from Father's point of view - has understanding in purpose and mind of God - desires to please God and do whatever is asked.
For further study, see:
- REES HOWELLS, INTERCESSOR, Norman Grubb
- THE PRAYER MINISTRY OF THE CHURCH, Watchman Nee
- DON'T WASTE YOUR SORROWS, Paul Billheimer
- BIRTHING THE CHURCH, Loren Sandford
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