Anyone can pray for others and step in with God on their
behalf. But some people are gifted at intercession. They have an ear for the needs of others, and take them before God even
when those other people reject God. An intercessor's heart is touched for those in need, not so much on their side
as by their side and on their behalf. They have a burden for that person. They persevere. They let the Spirit
give them comfort about it, instead of worrying. And when word of results comes, they celebrate and are happy about it. If
that sounds like you, then you may be a gifted intercessor.
Sometimes, someone is led to be an intercessor for a
specific person or mission or task. Such people are valuable even beyond donors. Such intercessors sometimes get a strong
sense of coming danger about whom they're praying for. They often report that they're driven to their knees to pray about
something they can't otherwise have known was happening.
Intercessory prayer does not work by our own power, as
if we were the Almighty. When prayer is answered, it is answered in God's way, and it may not be at all like the 'victory'
you are 'claiming'. Much of the time, the Spirit's main work is to change you, to make you care more, and
to get you to focus on what others are going through instead of only seeing it from where you are