When Jesus hung on the cross He was both a priest and a king. In redemption at the Cross, a) Jesus stood before the Father as a High Priest to reconcile us to God as the only mediator (intercessor), and b) at the Cross Jesus stood as a go-between Satan and man, thus exercising his Kingly authority to break Satan’s hold over humanity. Intercession has both a priestly and kingly function! It operates at the Tabernacle of David under the order of Melchizedek.
On the same cross He fulfilled two functions. As a high priest He met with God and reconciled us with God. That was his priestly function. As a King He broke the power of the devil. That was His kingly function. On the cross He made it possible for man to meet God. That’s the function of a priest. On the same Cross He also made it impossible for the devil to meet man. That was the kingly function. Hallelujah!
The Cross was was His Work of Intercession. Jesus’ prayers of intercession are always and only an extension of His work of Intercession. Similarly our prayers of intercession are always and only an extension of His work of Intercession. Our intercession has both a priestly and kingly function!
As intercessors, we need to engage the community in intercessory work, representing the kingdom where we are. That’s why we should not disengage from business, politics, and from the things that affect society. I can intercede through prayer. I can intercede through the things I do. David would intercede in the battlefield as he waged war for our God and then he could also intercede in prayer. So intercession requires both prayer and work.
My prayers of intercession release His finished work of intercession. His work empowers my prayers, while my prayers release His work. In intercession I meet with God to effect a meeting [that He may meet someone at their point of need (priestly function)] BUT I also meet the Enemy to forbid him from meeting a certain person (Kingly function).
So in intercession as a priest I plead with God that He may meet somebody. In other words I am scheduling an appointment for God to meet somebody. You see intercessors are appointment schedulers. Our job as priests is to set appointments for people to meet God. When I pray for those in authority I am setting an appointment for God to meet the leaders of our nation. As intercessors we stand to schedule appointments. That’s our priestly function. Is this making sense? So when I am interceding I am saying “Lord will you meet my friend.” So we are setting up appointments.
But as a king in intercession I go to war. I meet the enemy so that I cancel a meeting that he had scheduled to meet somebody. Satan is in the business of arranging to meet people so that he can steal from them, destroy them, and even so he could kill them. But when I stand in kingly intercession I take authority over the devil and cancel his appointment with the person he wanted to destroy. I declare, “Devil I’m meeting you as a king and I’m cancelling your appointment with the nation of Zimbabwe. You can’t meet Zimbabwe. I have cancelled your appointment.” When I am praying in intercession I am cancelling appointments that the devil had scheduled to meet people and destroy them. Hallelujah!
We, through prayers of intercession, meet the powers of darkness, to enforce the victory Christ accomplished when He met them in His work of intercession on the Cross. In that sense we place His enemies under His feet.
Today let us schedule appointments for God to meet Zimbabwe (or your nation). Similarly lets cancel appointments that Satan had for Zimbabwe (or your nation)!
Declarative Prayer: “Lord God, as a priestly King, I call upon you today concerning the Constitutional Court sitting today. I ask you as the Ultimate Judge who is omniscient and knows the full facts to weigh into this matter and superitend over the deliberations. We are confused as to what is true and factual about the electoral results, so we ask you to cause the actual results to be placed on the table and be the basis of a declaration of the winner. Lord we ask that you frustrate the token of liers and expose any legal argument from either side that is based on untruth. Let the truth be revealed so that justice is meted out based on truth. We declare that the Scepter of your Kingdom is the sceptre of Justice and truth. We release that sceptre into the Courtroom today. You are the one who makes a decision in heaven and cause the earthly courts to submit to your decision. It is God who appoints kings and national leaders. We ask you to use this court process to assert your will and purpose for Zimbabwe. Lord God we schedule an appointment for you to meet Zimbabwe during this process. We cancel every appointment that had been scheduled by the Satan to destroy the future of this nation. We cancel every appointment of the enemy to cause mayhem, bloodshed and violence. We command all national institutions to recognise and obey the verdict of Heaven. We issue a restraining order on any and every national institution and instruct them to obey and uphold the decision of heaven! We declare this in Jesus name. Amen”
Source of this concept from Dutch Sheets’ book, “Intercession”. This post is extracted from my recent book which you can download from this link below: