The Prophetic Intercessor (book review)

(Following is a review of James Goll’s book, The Prophetic Intercessor.  I know many of you are looking for information right now on prophetic intercession, and I write a lot on this subject myself.  Please take a look at the Series Topics in the right side bar for a wealth of posts on prophetic intercession.  You may also be interested in my book, The Intercessor Manual.) 

Recently I read James Goll’s The Prophetic Intercessor.  It’s a wonderful book, and I learned so much.

Here are a few of the concepts taught by Mr. Goll:

About “groaning in the spirit” (Romans 8:26, 27): “Those who are self-satisfied will have difficulty groaning; those who are desperate will have great difficulty not groaning.”

Intercessors not only build a wall or hedge of protection about others to keep out satanic attack.  They also build a wall to stave off God’s judgment by crying out for mercy for an individual or a people.

James Goll Prophetic IntercessorWorship and intercession must go hand in hand.

“Tenacity and endurance are required when the result seems to be delayed.  Even when the breakthrough begins, it takes eyes of discernment to see it.”

There is a relationship between responsibility and authority. If we have a God-given responsibility, we are granted authority through prayer.

“Discernment must be stewarded carefully.  We will either turn it into private intercession or gossip and slander.”

Anna, who prayed night and day in the temple (Luke 2:36, 37), was called a “prophetess” by God, yet she did not have a public ministry.  She ministered to the Lord in the secret place of intercession.

One of the most helpful chapters for me was the one on wisdom issues.  It dealt with protecting ourselves when doing spiritual warfare.  Mr. Goll talked a lot about keeping our focus on Jesus, rather than having our eyes on the devil or what the devil is trying to accomplish.  He commented that often the enemy brings problems to the forefront of our lives for the sole purpose of distracting us from Jesus and to derail our pure devotion for the Lord.  We do not need to war about everything; we can pick and choose which fights are important for us to engage in.  We must let Jesus guide our use of authority, rather than wearing ourselves out fighting every battle that comes along.

I was encouraged to find out that although Mr. Goll is considered to be one of the top prophets of our day, he was not sovereignly gifted in the prophetic from birth.  He did not experience fantastic open-eyed visions from the time he was a child.  He came into it gradually, through purposefully and diligently desiring to be prophetic and through actively praying Ephesians 1:15-19.  I am not among those who have been sovereignly gifted in the prophetic, either, and I took heart and hope in reading that I can come into a high level of hearing and seeing in the Spirit by asking God to increase it in me.  (Isn’t it great that God wants to reach down and pull up those of us who are average into higher levels than we ever thought we could get to?)

I highly recommend The Prophetic Intercessor to anyone with a leaning toward prayer, from the person who is still wondering if he or she has a call to intercession, on up to the most seasoned of prayer warriors.

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9 responses to “The Prophetic Intercessor (book review)

  1. I would also recommend, “Becoming a Prayer Warrior” by Beth Alves, “Possessing the Gates of the Enemy” by Cindy Jacobs, the Prayer Shield Series by C. Peter Wagner…and of course my book. 😀


  2. please keep me in prayer as there has been many onslaught attacks on me the ministry and husband. LOVE your article on the prophetic prayer intercessor. Thank you! Patricia.


    • Hi Pastor Patricia,
      I’m glad you enjoyed the article. Father, right now I ask for P. Patricia that you would send Your angelic host to surround her, her husband, and their ministry with Your mighty protection. May the blood of Lord Jesus be their covering and all the attack of the enemy be deflected from them. Help them to stand firm and obtain their victory, in Jesus’ Name.

      Psalm 140:7… You have covered my head in the day of battle.

      Isaiah 25:4, 5For You have been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall. You will bring down the noise of strangers, as the heat in a dry place, even the heat with the shadow of a cloud. The branch of the terrible ones shall be brought low.

      Ephesians 6:10, 13Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might … that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

      Bless you! — Lee Ann


  3. This book by Jim Goll is the most amazing book I have ever read on Intercession and I have probably read most of them! I felt like I was reading about myself as I read about some of his “experiences”. There were times in my life when I wondered if something was wrong with me! Jim helped me to better understand the calling on my life as a prophetic intercessor. I could write my own book about what I learned from his book! I would like to recommend all of his books if you are an intercessor, especially a prophetic intercessor.


  4. Hi. I have just found your website as I was looking up info about Rees Howells. I am so glad that I found your site! I am feeling a little “messed up” by reading the book by Norman Grubb as I do feel very unworthy at the moment. I know that I need to surrender my all but am not ready. When I do surrender I want it to be EVERYTHING and wholehearted – and I am terrified! What an inspiration Mr Howell’s was and how I long to be committed like him, to give my all to the Holy Spirit. Anyway, I just wanted to write to say that I have been reading a few pages of your blog and am impressed and inspired by you too. Thank you for being an inspiration. God bless – Kind regards Debbie xxx


    • Thank you for encouraging me, Debbie! It is a good thing to seriously “consider the cost” of total yieldedness. Because you are weighing it carefully, your commitment to giving Him all will be genuine and lasting.

      It is OK to wrestle with our commitment. Even when we have told the Lord that He can have all, He continues to uncover areas of our life that we were unaware we were not yielded in, and we revisit the process.

      You worthiness rests not in how good or capable you may feel, but in the Lord choosing you and calling you out. It is about His righteousness and worthiness, which He clothes you with. God calls us because He sees what could be, and He has every confidence that in Christ you will be able to do all things (Philippians 4:13) that He gives you to do.

      Many blessings, and may God take you into the destiny He has for you in this new decade.

      Lee Ann


  5. Lovietrice Gonzalez

    My husband has left home and my marriage has fallen apart. my life seem to have fallen apart and is a disaster, the enemy has harden his heart toward me and I really don’t know what to do, pray for my relationship with God and for restoration in my life of everything that God gave me! Pray for favor with a car loan that I’ve applied for need an afforadable vehicle with an affordable interest rate.


  6. Please pray that God performs a supernatural miracle for my 23 year marriage. My husband Robert was a backslider for the last 5 years and destroyed our family. Two months ago, he gave his life back to Jesus, but we are separated. My 3 teens are on drugs, due to his choices, so they live with him. Please pray that he is a godly man, provider and father. That he is renewed in the spirit of his mind, the demon of insanity follows him. That God will renew our marriage and family. That he can come back to his home church. That he comes to himself and realizes that he has to serve God for himself and no one else. That God gives him a new job so he is able to support his children. God can do all things, He is able. Lord Jesus, I am praising you for what you have already done. Lovietrice i am praying for your family.


    • Hi Leslie,

      Just wanted you to know that I took you and your family to prayer as soon as I saw the comment. May Jesus restore your family in every way and give you the miracles you seek.

      Lee Ann


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