Why Some Pastors Are Anti-Intercession

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I believe prayerlessness is the greatest sin in the church—and unfortunately some leaders are propagating this sin and discouraging those with prayer burdens from cooperating with the Spirit of God to bring His will to the earth.

I’ve seen for years how prayer is lacking in many churches. Even churches that do have prayer meetings often relegate intercessors to the back of the church lest their effectual fervent prayer offend the lukewarm saints. But a recent message I received on my Facebook page really took the proverbial cake.

A precious and confused saint wrote: “Can you please give us clarity. I hear pastors say God did not call intercessors and you can’t find it in the bible. He said only Jesus can intercede. Thank you.”

Of course, hundreds of people sounded off to refute this claim. Some pointed to 1 Timothy 2:1-3 where Paul instructed his spiritual son to “make supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings for everyone.” Others pointed to Acts 12:5, when the church “prayed to God without ceasing” for Peter when he was in prison. Still others pointed to James 5:14 where Christ’s brother instructed the sick to “call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.”

What’s the Root of This?

Why on earth would a pastor—or anyone—try to convince their members to abandon the call to intercession? Technically, we’re all called to be intercessors, though I believe some people have a stronger ministry mantle and anointing to intercede.

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SOURCE: Charisma News
Jennifer Leclaire

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