A Meeting with God
Ok, now that you know the basics of intercession, let's look at it more deeply. God's plan is to use us. He's not just going to swoop in and do everything Himself. We are plan A; there is no plan B. From the very beginning, man was created to govern, manage and steward the earth as God's representatives. God is the owner; we are the stewards. God's plan in intercession is to work with us and through us, not independently of us. He finds a person to ask for Him or of Him, which involves Him in specific situations and lives.
In intercession, we ask on behalf of someone else, not ourselves. We represent them before God. In Latin, the word represent is actually re-present, to present again. We re-present the needs of another to God. We stand in the gap for someone or something else: Ezekiel 22:30 “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.”
Although the word has come to mean prayer in our minds, in Hebrew the word for intercession, paga, doesn't necessarily mean prayer at all. Paga has many meanings according to Strong's Concordance: H 6293 to impinge, by accident or violence, or (fig) by importunity;--come (between), cause to entreat, fall (upon), make intercession (stand in the gap for), light (upon), meet (together), pray. Each one teaches us another aspect of intercession and each shade of meaning can be done by prayer.
Two key concepts will help you understand intercession or paga in the marketplace: the concepts of 1) meeting, and 2) boundary.
The first we've already introduced: meeting. We as intercessors meet with God asking Him to meet with the person or company we represent. A further aspect of this is actually re-presenting the needs of the person or company to God through the atonement of Christ. It works kind of like this: in Isaiah 53:6 our “sins and weaknesses” were laid upon the Lord. "Laid upon" is translated from paga for intercession "to take the place of another." Acting on behalf of others, we make requests for them. Just as Old Testament priests made intercession for Israel, we re-present the needs of others to the Father through the sacrifice of Jesus. Actually, this is dual representation because we re-present the needs to God through the atonement of Christ and the finished work of Christ that Jesus has already done on that person's behalf.
Christ's intercession on the cross wasn't a prayer, but a work He completed on our behalf. Now He is functioning as our representative, guaranteeing our access to the Father and our benefits of redemption. He goes between, no longer to redeem, which is done, but to present us as righteous and one of His own to God. He goes before us to represent us to God and to stand between us and Satan. Our intercession is always an extension of His completed work on the cross. He is our intercessor now, even as we represent Him in our intercession for others.
Our intercession creates paga, a meeting between God and the powers of darkness. The intercessor is the go between. Paga is a battlefield term. Intercession is not presented as a simple, easy thing. No, it's a battle to take back and keep what is ours in Jesus Christ. Paga contains warfare, the idea of violence. To be like Christ is costly. Intercession has a price. Intercessors build protective boundaries, perimeters of protection, boundaries through prayer. They build up the wall. God's love is unconditional, but his favor and blessing are conditional.
A meeting with God, paga, changes everything. Prayer meetings create God meetings. What would this look like if you were having a paga meeting with a new client? First of all, it's not just you meeting with a client. It's three of you; it's you bringing God into the meeting. Therefore you are not limited to your own agenda, but you are inviting the mighty God of the Universe to have His way, His agenda and His plans and purposes. You are not limited to your own understanding, but you have the supernatural resources of God at work in you by your invitation to give you His understanding and insight. Please note that this doesn't mean you're praying in the meeting or talking about God. It means you have positioned yourself as a partner with God inviting Him to have His way either before the meeting in prayer and/or by the prayers of your intercessor before or during the meeting, even if that intercessor is not present in the room.
We represent God. A representative is a sent one. John 20:21 [Jesus said] “As the Father sent me, so I also send you.” Our authority comes from Him as we represent Him. The ability to carry out and enforce instructions is the responsibility of the sender, not the sent one. If we really believe we are functioning as an ambassador or sent one for God, then our authority and ability isn't an issue, but Christ's is and that's already settled. The emphasis is on Him who sends me. We hear from Him, speak for Him, release what He's done, release the work He did, distribute what He's already produced and enforce His victory. He is the head, we are the body. He's the victor, we're the enforcer. He redeems, we release. He generates, we distribute.
Whether for a person, a business or a nation, when we are used to create a meeting between God and people, we release the fruit, the benefits of Christ's work on the cross, and paga or intercession has happened. The spiritual climate has been changed. Tetelestai, Jesus' word on the cross, "It is finished,” paid in full, is the reason the victory is ours when we intercede. Tetelestai means to fully accomplish something or bring it to a completed state. The legal penalty and debt for our sin and disobedience was paid on the cross. Now it's our legal right to be free of Satan's dominance and oppression. So, we bring God into our meetings and grasp for ourselves, our clients, and the situation the benefits of Jesus' finished work on the cross and bring them into the present reality.