Thank you for Your Intercession
5 Principles for Effective Prayers of Intercession
I exhort therefore, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercessions, thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men–1 Tim. 2:2.
Are you a believer in Christ seeking a more effective prayer life? If so, then it’s important for you to learn God’s principles for prayer so that your prayers of intercession may receive His response.
These divine principles for effective prayers of intercession are revealed in God’s Word, They’re awaiting our discovery and application.
So in this post, we’ll consider five of these divine principles from Genesis 18 to see how Abraham practiced effective prayers of intercession so that we also can apply them in our prayer life.
Five basic principles for effective prayers of intercession
Intercession refers to an act of interceding, an interposing or pleading on behalf of someone in difficulty or trouble. In the Bible it refers to our prayer to God on behalf others.
In Genesis 18, we can see Abraham’s intercession to God on behalf of Lot, his nephew. This case reveals at least five basic principles for our effective prayers of intercession.
1. Initiated by God’s revelation—Gen. 18:17-21
God was seeking an intercessor and He found one in Abraham. After receiving the meal prepared by Abraham, God made His heart known to him in Genesis 18:17-21 where God begins by saying, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do?…”
Part of the footnote on this verse in the Holy Bible Recovery Version says,
“…God revealed His heart’s desire. The proper intercession is not initiated by man but by God’s revelation. Thus it expresses God’s desire and paves the way for the accomplishing of His will.”
Today, we can receive God’s revelation by reading His Word and proper ministry books that open up the Word. In Ephesians 3:3-4, Paul said,
“That by revelation the mystery was made know to me, as I have written previously in brief, by which in reading it, you can perceive my understanding in the mystery of Christ.”
2. For God’s people—Gen. 18:23
Both God and Abraham were concerned for Lot—one of God’s people who drifted into the world.
Although God had determined to judge that corrupted world, His heart was concerned for Lot, particularly as it relates to Lot’s relationship with Christ. Ruth, who would become a great grandmother of Jesus was a Moabitess, a descendant of Lot and God was concerned for Lot in order to protect Christ’s genealogy through her.True prayers of intercession focus on God’s interest in His people. They are related to God’s gaining people in order to bring forth Christ in them and through them (Gal. 4:19). God needs us to intercede for His people, including the backslidden ones Lot so that Christ can be brought forth in them and through them.
May our prayers be turned from our private interests to care for God’s interest in people according to the desire of His heart.
3. An intimate conversation with God according to God’s heart—Gen. 18:22-33
“…Abraham remained standing before Jehovah” (v. 22). There God and Abraham had an intimate conversation as between two friends (Isa. 41:8).
It’s amazing to see how God opened His heart to Abraham and how Abraham conversed with God—even challenging God—on a human level, in such an intimate way.
To learn this lesson, we first need to learn to fellowship with the Lord. Then we need to learn to linger in His presence—to have an intimate conversation with Him.
This hymn: “Pray to fellowship Jesus, in the spirit seek His face” really develops this point. I encourage you to pray over the lyrics to learn to have such an intimate conversation with the Lord.
4. According to God’s righteous way—Gen. 18:23-32
Abraham learned another lesson regarding intercession, that is, how to appeal to God according to His righteousness (Gen. 18:23-32). Whether God expresses His love and grace toward a person may fluctuate according to His feeling. But God’s righteousness is absolute.
Righteousness is the foundation of God’s throne (Psa. 89:14). So we need to learn how to challenge God according to His righteousness.
However, holding God to His righteousness is difficult to do without an adequate knowledge of God’s Word. For example, if God has given us His word of promise in the Scriptures, He would be unrighteous if He does not do according to His Word.
May we learn to intercede by praying, “Lord, You said in Your Word…now do as You have spoken and fulfill Your promise.”
C. H. Spurgeon in The Secret of Power in Prayer said,
You put your finger down upon the very lines, and say, “Do as thou hast said.” This is the best praying in all the world. O beloved, be filled with God’s Word. (p. 21)
5. God speaking in our speaking—Gen. 18:33
Finally, we can see that Abraham’s intercession ended not with Abraham, but with God. Genesis 18:33 says,
“And Jehovah went away as soon as He had finished speaking with Abraham…”
This Word gives us two practical points to remember. First, genuine intercession is God’s speaking in our speaking. Second, our prayers of intercession should end when God has finished His speaking. So we need to learn to remain with the Lord until He has finished His speaking.
Often, we look at the time and say, “My prayer time is over.” But, has God really finished His speaking? We may actually walk away from Him leaving the Lord with no channel through which to finish His intercession. May we learn to let the Lord speak in our speaking and let Him finish His speaking.
As earnest believers in Christ, the Lord will surely lay many people on our heart. He may give us the burden to pray for our family, friends, relatives, colleagues, classmates and neighbors. They all need our prayer, whether it is for their salvation, growth in Christ, or restoration from a backslidden ore dormant condition.
But, it is not only they who need God and His salvation. Even more, God needs them for the accomplishment of His purpose for Christ and the church, His Body.
To this end may we be one with God to pray prayers of intercession that are:
1) Initiated by His revelation,2) For His people,3) In an intimate conversation with Him,4) According to His righteous way and5) With Him speaking in our speaking.
In this way God, can carry out His desire and accomplish His will on this earth.
If you’ve been helped by this post to see the divine principles for prayers of intercession, please share your appreciation in a comment.
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Prophetic Intercession, Its Power And Pitfalls
Prophetic intercession is simply praying for another person, group or situation by the direction of the Holy Spirit. This guidance comes by way of prophetic revelation—in other words, the Holy Spirit is making something known that is not comprehended by natural means. 
My husband Malcolm (aka The Hunk) and I learned the value of having a prophetic intercessor on our prayer team throughout our years of ministry in New Zealand.
During our most difficult trials, one of our personal intercessors—an elderly woman named Marge—would invariably phone us. Her opening words after greeting us would be, ‘What is going on?’ Marge always knew by the Holy Spirit when we were having our fiercest battles, and her insights and prayers were a constant encouragement to us.
The Unique Role of a Prophetic Intercessor
During the years I led the prayer department of our church, I grew to appreciate the different kinds of prayer gifts:
- There were the prayer warriors who would pray every day, on a regular basis. Regardless of what was going on, you knew you could depend on them.
- Some prayer partners thrived on written or emailed prayer requests—and we honoured this by keeping in regular touch with them.
- Still others came to the fore when there was a crisis—swelling the ranks of prayer partners when called upon during an emergency.
A prophetic intercessor operates on a different kind of alert system – being directly alerted by the Holy Spirit as to when there is a need to pray.
The benefit of this is revealed during times when you are in a spiritual battle, or in a crisis where you do not have the ability to send out a general prayer request.
As a leader, I have learned not to place expectations on prophetic intercessors to operate outside of their natural gifting. The communication of prayer requests and testimonies should be seen as fuel for their gift, rather than an expectation that they will pray at a certain time or in a certain way.
Traits of a Prophetic Intercessor
I learned personally about prophetic intercession when the Holy Spirit awakened the gift in me during the 1990’s.
As with all spiritual gifts, no two prophetic intercessors will experience the leading of the Holy Spirit in the same way. Some ways that the Holy Spirit can lead a prophetic intercessor in prayer include:
1. The simple ‘knowing’ that prayer is needed at a certain time.
2. A sudden or growing burden or urge to pray.
3. Receiving insight from God through prophetic revelation such as a scripture, vision, word or feeling.
4. A sense of identification with the object of prayer—in other words feeling the needs of those being prayed for.5. Sensing the heart of God towards the person or situation requiring prayer.
Note that both 4 And 5 may result in what seems to be an emotional response. This may either prompt the prayer, or manifest during the prayer.
As a prophetic intercessor, I learned one key difference between my own emotions and those awakened by the Holy Spirit for the purpose of prayer. Feelings allowed by the Holy Spirit for the purpose of prayer can (and should) be released completely through intercession.
6. A prophetic intercessor may at times experience the deep ‘groanings’ of the Holy Spirit.  He or she understands what Paul writes about in Romans 8:26-27:
‘In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.’
Important Reminders for Prophetic Intercessors
From the viewpoint of those of us who are not gifted in prophetic intercession, a prophetic intercessor that is lacking in maturity may seem ‘flaky.’ However, he or she may simply be in need of some pastoral leadership and guidance in the use of the gift.
I have discussed some strengths of prophetic intercession above. Some things a prophetic intercessor may need to be gently reminded of at times are:
1. Don’t be intimidated by others’ prayer gifts (such as those who have an ability to pray more regularly). You have a unique and precious gift from God. 
2. On the other hand, don’t expect all intercessors to experience prayer the way you do. Their gifts are different but just as powerful.
3. Honour the leadership and culture of your church in the public expression of your prayer. If you are experiencing a feeling or sense of direction that is different to the way the prayer meeting is being led and are unsure what to do about it, pray about it and check privately with the leader. It may be something for you to pray about personally.
4. Related to 3., remember that all prophetic revelation is subject to being weighed up. Submitting the direction of your prayer to leadership and at times needing adjustment is a vital part of your prophetic ministry. (1 Thess 5:19-22)
5. If you do experience manifestations, be aware of appropriate times and places. It is wise to save the ‘emotional’ part of releasing your gift until you can get alone with God. ‘The spirits of prophets are subject to the control of prophets.’ (1 Cor 14:32)
6. You do not need to carry an unhealthy emotional burden related to your ministry of prayer. If you are becoming weary or emotionally involved, check with a leader or have someone pray with you.7. Prophetic intercession is a ministry of faith. We do not always know the reason for the prayer burden that the Holy Spirit gives us; neither do we always learn the outcome of our prayers. But we do know that God is faithful. And—that the greatest reward of prophetic intercession is intimacy with the Holy Spirit.
Notes: The NT Greek word for revelation, apokalupsis, means ‘an uncovering,’ or ‘disclosure.’  This has sometimes been called ‘travail’ and been related to birthing the purposes of God through prayer. The Apostle Paul said of the Galatians, ‘My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you.’ (Gal 4:19) One way this was ly to have been expressed was in his prayers.  For insights about different prayer gifts, I highly recommend Intercessors Discover Your Prayer Power, by FEMRITE, T; ALVES, E; KAUFMAN, K. 2000. Ventura : Regal.
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How to Effectively Say “Thank You for Your Consideration”
If you’ve been in the heat of a job search, then you know how it feels to send thank you emails. The reason for these emails is clear. Professional etiquette is still extremely important in any effective job search.
You want to come off as polite and responsible. You also want to stand out from the crowd. Let’s check out a few ways you can say “thank you for your consideration”.
All the while making sure your note helps set you apart from the competition.
Thank you for your consideration?
We know, it’s played out. Everyone and their mother are sending the same thank you notes. But, of course, a proper thank you is always necessary. Since our goal is to set ourselves apart from the pack, we need to explore how to send this message in a unique and impactful way.
We covered how to follow-up after an interview in a different post. So, how do we say thank you for your consideration without using the same, stale format as everyone else?
First, we have to understand what the common, generic-looking, “thank yous” look . From there, you will discover how to really personalize it to leave a lasting impact on any hiring manager.
Boring Thank You Note
Dear [interviewer name],
I want to thank you for taking the time to interview me for the [position name] position.
I’m confident that my experience in [relevant experience] and my proven track record in [skills] will make me an excellent employee.
Thanks again for your consideration.
The above note contains most of what is considered to be essential. It reiterates interest and reminds the interviewer particularly what makes you unique. But it lacks any real substance.
The interviewer will read this note and forget about it in 5 minutes. Why? Because they’ve already seen 15 other notes thanking them for their consideration.
Sending an impactful “Thank You”
Sure, you can be lazy and stick to the generic note above. The thing is, a bland letter that isn’t going to help you stand out. It certainly isn’t going change or improve an opinion or help the interviewer remember you in a positive light.
So, why not spend a little extra time to make sure the company really knows that they can’t miss out on you?
The following two examples are from attorney and copywriter extraordinaire, Matthew Platt:
Amazing Thank You Note[Interviewer Name],
I want to thank you again for taking the time to arrange for me to meet and speak with you as well as with [interviewer #2] this past Friday.
I am excited about the prospect of exploring a potential career with [Company Name]. Particularly because of the opportunity to expand my skill set to the broad spectrum of legal issues which [Company Name] manages regularly.
I want to thank you again for sharing your experience at [Company Name] with me and providing me with more information about the [Position Name] position.I recognize that [Company Name] interviews many incredibly talented applicants regularly, and want to express my sincere appreciation to you for inviting me into speak. I think my [experience type] experience aligns perfectly with what your team is looking for, and I hope to get a chance to prove that.
I look forward to speaking again soon.
This note a great for a few reasons:
- It mentions the names of all the people he met.
- There is a mention of how the role will help him progress professionally.
- Reiteration of why he is a perfect fit.
Here is another great example. In this context, the interviewee only interacted with one interviewer. In addition, the discussion itself was a bit shorter. Notice how he still makes reference to the benefits the company will gain from his employment while also reiterating excitement on his end.
Another Amazing Thank You Note[Interviewer Name],
Thank you for taking the time to speak with me this past Friday about the [Position Name] position with [Company Name].
It was a pleasure meeting with you, and I truly enjoyed learning more about the role. After our conversation, I am confident that my skills and experiences are a great match for this opportunity.
I especially appreciated when you explained how [Company Name] would allow me to not only expand my skill set within the corporate and investment management area but also in many other areas of law as well.
My interview this past Friday confirmed my belief that I could be a valuable new [Position Name]. I am very enthusiastic about the possibility of joining your team and look forward to speaking to you again in the future. If you need any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.
While the above letter is a bit less expressive, it still successfully drives home the point. Instead of the generic “thank you for your consideration”, it details exactly why the employment fit is so perfect. It goes into not only why the company would benefit from his employment, but also how he plans on growing with the role as a professional.
Mentioning long-term goals or a future with the company is very effective. It shows the employer that you plan on sticking with them long term if given the opportunity.
Thank you for your consideration!
That’s right, you! Thanks for reading. By now, you should have a really good idea as to how you should replace your generic “thank you” note with an impactful note that leaves a lasting impression.
To recap, here are a few key points you should hit to really stand out:
- Don’t forget the names of EVERYBODY you spoke with
- Mention specifically how your skills line up with the requirements of the position
- Explain how the role will help you grow professionally in the long term
- Express enthusiasm and an understanding of the situation
- Reiterate what sets you apart
Make sure to focus on all the points above and your “thank you for your consideration” will quickly change into a “thank you for the opportunity”!
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