Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore [you] on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. 2Corinthians 5:20 (NKJV)
We then, [as] workers together [with Him] also plead with [you] not to receive the grace of God in vain. 2 Corinthians 6:1(NKJV)
Most believers think that intercession is trying to plead with, and convince God to do something for those or about what we are interceding for. They think God is not willing or ready to act or help, or He is not interested, or the person they are interceding for is such a terrible sinner so now they have to beg God to have mercy! That’s so wrong!
Intercession is not getting God to change His mind. He changes not! Malachi 3:6. He’s the same yesterday, today and forever. Hebrews 13:8.
God’s mind, will, desire, intent, concerning man is to do man good forever! See; Jeremiah 24:6; 32:40, 41; Psalm 23:6 and that has never and will never change!
But man changes and changes all the time! He always changes in contradiction to God.
Therefore, the only needed appropriate change is on man’s side.
Intercession is joining forces with God to help men change their mind about God, see Him as He really is – a good God who is not against them but for them and therefore allow Him to help them and manifest His goodness in their lives.
In the two scriptures we’ve opened with above, God is through the church pleading with men to be reconciled with him.
Through intercession we pray to God that our hearts and minds and those of others be flooded with the knowledge of God’s will and plan. When this happens then our lives align aright with God’s purposes. In intercession we ask that people receive revelation of God’s love for them and accept that love. We pray that people experience God’s power in their lives.