I heard the Lord say, "I am calling forth the intercessory influencers to make a mark in the spirit realm that the enemy can't ignore. He will bow at the sound of your voices in the name of Christ. I am calling forth intercessory influencers who will decree My Word in the atmosphere so angels can rise up and use it as a sword to fight and execute My plans in the earth.
"I am calling forth intercessory influencers who will set aside childish things and the distractions of this age to hear My heart and pray My Word. As they press in to deeper dimensions of prayer, they will see an increase in influence, increase in favor and an increase in wisdom. Intercession is not for the faint of heart, but it moves My heart to action. Intercessors, stand on your watch, pray and receive My mantle of influence."
A mantle of influence. That's quite a word! What kind of influence? Noah Webster's 1828 Dictionary, which has a spiritual bent, defines influence this way: "a power whose cause and operation are unseen; spiritual power, or the immediate power of God on the mind; as divine influence; the influences of the Holy Spirit."
The Intercessor's Reward
I've always said some of the greatest rewards in heaven will go to the intercessors. Intercessors in all their diverse functions and gift mixes release prayer power that activates God's will in the earth. Persistent intercessors can change the course of history. But intercessors will not just get rewards in heaven. They will receive rewards in this lifetime.
I believe one of the rewards in this life is influence. I believe another is intimacy with the Lord. You can't go all in with intercession without the Lord revealing more of Himself to you. As He said to Abraham, who was a praying prophet, "I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward" (Gen. 15:1b)
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Jennifer LeClaire is senior leader of Awakening House of Prayer in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, founder of the Ignite Network and founder of the Awakening Blaze prayer movement. She is author of over 25 books. Find her online at jenniferleclaire.org or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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