TRUE PRIESTHOOD 5 by Don Rogers
(Thirty plus years ago God put Don Rogers in my life. He trained and mentored me in spiritual ministry. When he was no longer able to minister, I had the privilege of taking over his “Spiritual Warfare Ministries.” He wrote many fine articles about spiritual warfare. I have edited and printed one below.)
This is blog 5 in a series on True Priesthood through Intercessory Repentance. The previous blog was our responsibilities to each other as priests. This blog concludes and summarizes what has been covered.
Summary of the principles of intercession:
- Adopt a Christ-like attitude toward the person for who you are interceding. Realize God’s desire to see people free. Ask God to show you any wrong attitudes or motives which remain in you. Pray for God’s love to overcome your prejudices and judgmental attitudes.
- Ask God to show you the sin areas in a person’s life that need to be addressed. Make a list of these areas so that you can intercede daily concerning them.
- Address every act of sin that occurs around you immediately. Do not allow the enemy any freedom to work. This can be done by going immediately into another room for privacy or through silent prayer.
- Use your believer’s authority in Christ to attack demonic activity and bind up the spirit that is working at that time. Command that the spirit’s power be broken and order the spirit to release the person to whom you are ministering. Mental commands can be effective in circumstances where you cannot speak aloud. Spirits communicate on a mental level anyway and the Holy Spirit anoints our commands with the authority and power of God. Always learn to act on the basis of faith, because you will not always see an immediate reaction in the natural. If Christians only realized what really happens when they pray or exercise spiritual authority, they would truly be amazed!
- Test the spirits (1 John 4:1). Do not assume that your problems are always natural ones. Pray for spiritual discernment. It is possible to test situations by confessing any sin connection and then exercising spiritual authority against any demonic activity associated with the problem. You will be surprised by the number of times your situation will change as a result.
In closing, I just want to reiterate each individual’s accountability to deal with the sins in their lives. Intercessory repentance does not relieve anyone of the accountability. Rather, it is an act of love and grace that God honors through extending His grace to the sinner in such a way that they are temporarily freed up and brought to awareness of their sinful ways and given the choice to either repent or continue to live in rebellion. This principle of intercession could be summed up by the words that God spoke through the prophet Ezekiel concerning Jerusalem’s sins. “I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none” (Ezekiel 22:30 NIV) Imagine what one person can do if he is willing to come before God on behalf of others. “So he [God] declared he would destroy them. But Moses, his chosen one, stepped between the LORD and the people. He begged him to turn from his anger and not destroy them.” (Psalm 106:23 NLT)
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