Do you have a need or a situation that needs God’s intervention? Take it to the Lord in prayer! But how? The key is to understand the Lord’s Prayer.
The Lord’s Prayer can become very rote, almost automatic, especially if you’ve grown up hearing and reciting it daily or weekly. However, when you understand the depth of this powerful prayer, you can see what is actually going on in the Courts of Heaven and petition God—the Just Judge—asking Him to manifest on earth what is written for you in the heavenly books.
The Lord’s Prayer is relational communication with God. It’s a moment to have an intimate connection with God, giving Him your total attention so that He can consume your mind and you hear from Him.
Join Rabbi Curt Landry as he dives deep into the power of prayer and walks you through each verse in the Lord’s Prayer, providing practical insights into how to pray it in this encouraging episode of Ancient Principles, Kingdom Authority podcast.
Transcription from Podcast (Revised for Readability)
What is Intercessory Prayer?
What is intercessory prayer? In the simplest terms, intercessory prayer is coming before God in the Courts of Heaven and praying on behalf of others.
The Messiah, Christ, He's the ultimate intercessor. But when we are born again, we then hold the authority and the right to enter into the Courts of Heaven and pray prayers of intercession. This right and this authority come from the mountain-moving power and the responsibility that we understand as it is written in 1 Timothy 2:5 says, “For there is one God, one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”
I hope that on this podcast, I can encourage you to become more engaged and enlightened about the timing of your prophetic prayer, and your intercession, for the United States, and for the nations. We are battling against strongholds and are in spiritual warfare.
Intercessory Prayer Resources
And that's one of the reasons that the Ancient Principles, Kingdom Authority, and the prayers for protection we offer, such as Psalm 91, is because it gives us instructions. I look at these resources as kind of like training wheels on a bike. You don't leave them there forever. But they get you into the mode of where you actually will have a testimony and testimony of prayers answered.
Not Getting Results from Prayer?
And one of the reasons people don't pray is because they're not getting the results that they want or seeing the deliverables.
And here's the thing, you're spiritual. For those who listen to these podcasts, you are spiritual people. And I know you're spiritual and you want spiritual results, right? Through these podcasts and through Prophetic Pieces, you receive teaching that…
- Helps you communicate through prayer
- Allows you to hear God
- Puts you into proper alignment with your prayer life
… So that your prayers are answered and you get spiritual results on earth as it is written in Heaven.
Intercessory Prayer is Critical in This Hour!
But we need to understand that intercessory prayer is probably one of the most important things right now. One of the biggest things we can do for the trouble that our nation and our families are in with elections coming up is we need to pray that the right candidates are elected according to the values of biblical principles.
Regardless of party, we need to pray that the Lord's will be done regarding these elections. But I want to run through some basic fundamental foundations of intercessory prayer.
How to Pray Intercessory Prayers
- Understand that intercessory prayer is about having intimacy and being in the presence of God.
The key is to practice being in His presence. We need to understand that when go into our prayer closet (our secret place to pray), or even in the car while we are at the gym, we can practice being in the presence of God.
I get in trouble sometimes (my wife knows about this and people who are close to me) because I’ll be in a social setting, and all of a sudden, I'm kind of staring off, and people will speak to me, and I don’t respond. I have slipped off into that spirit realm.
I practice His being in His presence. I've been doing it for 34 years. I tend to slip off, and then people will say, “Hey, you're not paying attention to me.” I really don't mean to offend you, but it's not something that I really want to turn off, either.
Because what happens is once I start, a lot of times, it's almost like an intercessory prayer spirit hits me and it's not that I'm going to stop and pray right then at that time in a social setting, but it's usually because the Lord wants to speak to me about someone in the room, for example. A lot of times, it will come that way, and then the Lord will say, “You see that person over there? I want you to go over and ask them if they want a Word from the Lord.”
And many times, I don't even have the Word yet. And it's really interesting because He's just saying, “Go over and ask him.” And then they say, “Well, yes, I really do!” I've never had anybody in all the years going up to people say, “No, keep your Word of the Lord to yourself.” They always want it. And then it's interesting, once I say that, the Word comes.
But that's that intimacy of the presence of the Holy Spirit. The scripture says, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock and if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and dine with him and he with Me.”–Revelation 3:20.
- Go to your prayer closet and listen to God’s voice.
Go to the prayer closet and knock, and you've got to listen to His voice. When you listen, you will hear. He opens the door and invites you into that next level in the Spirit. In Revelation 3:20, He talks about dining. He's talking about that daily bread where He's taking you. You get to dine with Him, and He with you. That’s intimacy. It's about a relationship.
God is calling men into intercessory prayer!
I think many men struggle with their relationship with the Lord because they let their wives and the females in their lives… do most of the praying. But the men are missing out on this intimacy level with God.
- Ask for forgiveness.
Before you can go in and pray an intercessory prayer, you must ask for forgiveness. You can't hold a sin against yourself or anybody else. So, this daily intercession and prayer is a daily cleansing that is a great habit and pattern for living a healthy, successful spiritual and physical life. In 1 John 1:9 it says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
And so, if you're just going to church Wednesday and/or Sunday, or if you're at the House of David, you're just coming on Friday for Shabbat, if you're just praying once a week at church, you've got all these unconfessed sins, so to say, piling up throughout the week.
But If you're praying daily and communicating with God, then there's this automatic kind of cleansing that's taking place. It's kind of like being a chef in a really good restaurant. Yes, it's a lot of hard work, but you'll never be hungry because you're in the kitchen. There's always plenty of food to eat and to snack upon. And that's what happens with intercession. With intercession, you're in that deeper relationship, and it's all about your relationship with the Lord.
- Come to the Lord and call upon Him. Glorify Him!
Psalms 50:15 says, “Call upon me in the day of trouble. I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.”
So, it's powerful. So, you're going to be delivered. And He says, “Come in your day of trouble.” In these days, there is trouble all around. What about coming to Him every day, because every day has its troubles, just to be in His presence?
And if you'll do that, the peace of God comes. We read about it in Philippians 4:6, He says, “Be anxious for nothing.” Oh, Father God, that's my prayer. My prayer is that my intercessory prayer life for me personally, and of course, I pray for you, I pray for all of our followers, all of our supporters, when the Lord says to you apostolically as a shepherd, He says that “Be diligent of the state of your flock.”
And so, I pray for all of our Curt Landry Ministries partners every day, all of our House of David members in our congregation, and all of our My Olive Tree supporters. I pray blessings upon them, and I give thanksgiving for them through prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, letting my requests be made known to God. And my request for you, that those of you who support us and those who pray for us, I pray…
“Father God, that we would have the peace of God that surpasses all understanding. I pray that Lord, all that is written in their books be accomplished this day, that the revelation as sons and daughters of a king, that kingly blessing would be upon you, that you'd be free from all orphan spirits, all doubt, all unbelief. Father God, I pray that the wisdom and knowledge like Solomon would be with them.
“And Lord, I pray that they would be in Your will and Your alignment every day. I pray for those who are under our covering. God, let Your will and Your alignment order their steps this day. Lord, I pray in every way they would give thanks for what You have done through Christ Jesus in their lives.
“And Father God, I thank You that Your Word says in Luke 22:40-42, ‘And when He came to the place, He said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.” Father God, I pray for all of us in intercession today that as the temptations of life come, strengthen us to resist and strengthen us not to come in agreement with those weak areas in our life.”
The verses in Luke go on to say, “And then He was withdrawn from them about a stone's throw and He knelt down and prayed saying, ‘Father, if it is Your will, take this cup from Me, nevertheless, not My will but Yours be done.'”
- Surrender your will and kneel.
So, here's Jesus. After the third cup of Passover, He announced that there would be a betrayal with Judas Iscariot. He said, “The one who dips in the water with Me at this Passover dinner is the one that's going to portray Me.” He takes a few of His disciples, leaves the upper room, goes down the Kidron Valley, gets into the Mount of Olives, and He's praying.
Here He is, God incarnate. But look what He's doing. He kneels first. And anytime you see kneeling biblically, what that means is His feet are now exposed. So, anytime you kneel down then you're saying, “I'm surrendering my free will to walk where I want to walk, and I'm worshiping You, Lord.”
When I kneel, the bottom of my feet are exposed, I can't walk on my knees in any practical way, but when you kneel, you’re declaring to God that the feet and the authority that He has given you in your feet, you give it over to Him.
So here's Jesus, right? He knows He's God incarnate. He's all God, and He's all man. He knows that He's going to be crucified. He knows why. He understands. This didn't sneak up on Him.
The reality of taking the stripes on His back, 39 stripes, was hitting Him. I don't want to go into all those things, but the piercing of His hands, the stabbing in the side, the mocking, the carrying of the cross, the horrible death, He knew this was coming.
But He was brutally honest with His Father in Heaven. He said, “Father, if it's Your will, take this cup.” What He's saying is, “Listen, if there's any way we can accomplish this same spiritual assignment or this goal in a different way, I'm kind of open to suggestions here.” But He says, “Nevertheless, not My will but Yours be done.” And that's the power of intercession.
The Power of Intercessory Prayer | It Takes a Step of Faith
The power of intercession is this: God is going to ask you to do some things, and obviously, these things won’t be as drastic as what Jesus was going to do. But let's face it, many times, He's asking us to take risks with our faith. And sometimes, it's difficult. We start battling doubt and unbelief and say, “Lord, I don't want to risk my faith. What happens if I fail?”
And my question to you is this, what happens if you fail? The failing is falling forward. I instruct everyone in our ministry that they need to fall forward, not backward. And anytime you fall forward, it is symbolic that failure becomes the stepping stone and gets you one step closer to your success.
I love what it says in James 1:6. It says, “But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.” In other words, do you need to address your doubts?
God's Word says to ask for wisdom, and freely, He'll give it to us. But we must ask in faith, not doubting, for He who doubts is like the waves of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind.
So, we need to declare and believe God's Word.
If there's any doubt, bring it before the Lord and repent and realign yourself with the promise by faith.
When you're doing intercession, if you're not believing it, you need to be able to say, “Lord, I'm struggling with doubt and unbelief. You are asking me (for example something about finances) you're asking me to sow a seed of $1,000. (Listen, many have never sowed so maybe it is $100 or maybe $50).” Then all of a sudden, the Lord says, “You know, you're at a place in order to get the breakthrough that you need, you need to sow a thousand-dollar seed.”
And I remember the first time the Lord dealt with us about seeds at $1,000. And now we're at a place where the Lord has multiplied and we're giving bigger amounts, but He's also trusting us with much more.
But you need to understand that if you're struggling with it, then be honest with the Lord. Understand that dishonesty with God in your mind and heart is hindering you from getting results. You’re only hindering yourself from furthering the relationship when you ask for things and don't deal with some of these real basic things in intercession and prayer.
It's sad because it creates distrust. And there's no reason to distrust God. Let me say it this way, He's your friend. It's Christ in you that's the hope and glory.
If you could ever get a hold of that! If you think about it, the same Holy Spirit in Jesus on earth as a man is in you and when you were born again.
He wants the Holy Spirit who is in you to do what He does best. And Jesus is the biggest advocator, and the advocate, and the biggest healer, and intercessor in all the world.
- 1 Timothy 2:1
“Therefore, I exhort first of all of you is for supplication, and prayer, and intercession, and giving thanks be made for all men.”
- Galatians 6:2
“Bearing one another's burdens so to fulfill the law of Christ.”
- Isaiah 59:16
“He saw that there was no man and wondered that there was no intercessor. Therefore, His own arm brought salvation for Him, His own righteousness, it is sustained in Him.”
Let's be Christlike. Let's allow that power of intercessory prayer. Let's let the blood of Jesus that is not just something that is spoken about randomly, but let's let the blood of Jesus speak in and through our lives forgiveness for others.
If you're struggling…
- Put the person who the enemy is using to cause disruption on your prayer list
- Pray prophetic words that have been spoken over your life
- Speak the prophetic words out in the Courts of Heaven
- Always present what Jesus did on the cross in the Courts of Heaven
You can pray, “Father God, I don't feel worthy or able, but Lord, the blood of Jesus paid for it all. Thank You, Lord, for the promise of Your Word that I am more than a conqueror through Christ Jesus who gives me strength. Thank You, Lord, that Your Word says I can do all things through Christ, who gives me strength. And thank You, Lord, this day.”
Let's agree to lay down our lives and so that we'll gain great authority in the Courts of Heaven.
I know this about being born-again and being spiritual: Anything you lay down that you think you lost, God will 10 times it and make it better on the other side. There is no loss, there's only gain.
So, I pray for you that this message in this podcast of being an intercessor, that you would literally mirror your heavenly Father and His Son Jesus and let intercessory prayer become a term and become a lifestyle for you in the courts of heaven, praying for others and ultimately seeing others' lives changed because of the authority of you praying in Jesus' name. God bless you. We love you, and we'll see you next time. Shalom.
Curt Landry, founder of Curt Landry Ministries, and his wife, Christie, travel extensively, preaching and teaching about the Jewish roots of the Christian faith. Together, their passion is to empower families to live and leave Kingdom legacies and understand their own personal heritage.