What is Happening When You Pray?


As we continue on with our theme of Discernment and Intercession, we have learnt over the years that Intercessors and Prophetic people deal with the brunt of the spiritual dimension in ways that others will never understand because they are forerunners walking in the future before the rest of the world catches on

Why is it important?

This is why intercession and the prophetic are important. They bring the unseen into the seen. Your journey will be misunderstood but you were not sent to be understood, you were sent to reveal the light you have seen! 

The Hebrew word for intercession we see all through the Scriptures is “PAGA”. When we understand what Intercession is in the Scriptures, we will understand what is happening when we use this gift. It’s exciting!

What is Intercession?

“Paga” means:

“to meet”

Intercession creates a meeting. Prayer meetings are aptly named.

We see this word ‘paga’ in Jacob’s ’meeting’ at Beth-el. It says “he met (‘paga’) upon a certain place and stayed there all night… he dreamt a ladder was set up on the earth and its top reached to heaven; and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.” (Genesis 28:11-12)

Intercessors meet with God, what an exciting amazing thing, and all because of Jesus!

In this passage, the ‘meeting’ involved angels whose role is to be special messengers and ministering spirits (Hebrew 1:14)

I’m sure in the midst of a long journey Jacob needed not only to pray but to receive the meeting and ministry of God’s angels! Long journey’s develop both the gift and character of the intercessor. Because God is a good Father, He brings the provision of ministering angels to us.

Intercessors also meet the powers for darkness and we see this in the next definition of paga.  This is especially important here that as we pray, we know who we are and who Jesus is!

‘Paga’ is a frequently used battlefield term

Matthew 27:50-52 says “And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks splitand the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life.”

Intercession can be violent and powerful. Romans 8:34 says, “Christ Jesus is the one who died and more than that, who was raised-who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.”  

When Jesus made intercession on the cross, it was violent… “Veil of temple torn from top to bottom, earth quaked, rocks split, graves opened.” Such was the force of Jesus’ Intercession!

Matt 27:45 says “there was darkness over all the land” WAR RAGED!  What would of been discerned in the spirit realm then would of been off the charts, incredibly intense and overwhelming! The natural realm gives us a glimpse of what war was taking place in the spiritual realm.

Matt 27:39-44 lists out some of what the war looked like at the cross in this intercessory moment of Jesus. There was 

– blaspheming

– shaking of heads in ridicule and scorn

– mocking

– insulting

Where we pray from matters

This was a battle and a battle Jesus won. When we pray, we pray from victory not for it! Victory has already been won, now we pray to establish it!

So when we pray, we are creating a meeting on a battlefield! Any individual, family, church, organization, event that is not covered in prayer is open to the battle!

Our mandate as we pray is “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matt 6:9) We need to know what Heaven’s will is, that is why the greatest question we can ask is “Papa God what are you doing?” In every situation, what is He seeing? What is He doing? How do you Papa want to come?

This is the battle. And this is the joy of the intercessor!

How can we NOT pray?  The one thing the Kingdom of Darkness fears most is us on our knees interceding, praying creating a meeting where heaven invades earth.

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