The Marriage of Worship and Intercession (Part 4)

Worship and intercession go hand in hand.  The person with a true heart of intercession will quite naturally find himself slipping into worship, because both of these aspects of prayer are fueled by the Holy Spirit and flow out from our spirit-man.  Worship is the propellant which sends our prayer-rockets heavenward and gives them the “boost” to make it all the way to the throne.

Those of us who are intercessors have a very important role in the corporate worship setting, especially within church fellowships where entreating God for His Presence to settle in is understood.

Let me explain about His Presence, first of all, for those who may not have experience with what I am speaking of.  God is omnipresent, meaning that He is capable of being everywhere at the same time.  So, in that sense, He is always present among His people.  When I refer to His Presence being among us, however, I mean a tangible sense that He has drawn very near (termed by some His “Manifest Presence”).  For the spiritually attentive person, God’s Presence will be suddenly felt, whereas it was not felt moments before, and we know He has “entered the room” or “come down” among us.  When we worship with clean hands and a pure heart, experiencing communion with the Lord in this way should be the norm, once we know that we can expect it.

Within my church family, it is a rare gathering where we do NOT have His Presence manifest among us.  In fact, we normally do not shift out of our corporate worship into the sermon portion of the service until we know He is among us tangibly and that He has been pleased with our adoration.  Sometimes our worship goes on long past an hour, and sometimes we never do get to a sermon, because lavishing our love on the Lord and reveling in His response is what He wants for our entire gathering time.

Obviously, a worship team that can flow with the Spirit is key in both bringing the congregation to a place of pure focused adoration and attracting the Lord’s Presence.  But the intercessors are also important in accomplishing this goal.  When I am in the corporate worship setting, I know that I have work to do.  Both worship and warfare for breakthrough into His Presence may be necessary.  (And remember, worship is a form of warfare in itself.)  I stay sensitive to what is happening around me, listening for the Spirit, paying attention to the current atmosphere in the room, intensifying my intercession for breakthrough if I sense that it is not easily happening.

Without intercessors who are paying keen attention to what is going on around them spiritually during the corporate worship setting and taking the intercessory steps needed, the manifest Presence of God may never come down upon the congregation during its gathering.  Intercessors are needed to discern and follow up with prayer (and possibly prophetic responses) concerning what we are discerning.  Our intercessions, warfare, and prophetic responses can be done discreetly, so as not to draw attention to ourselves and thereby distract others.

Why would warfare be necessary during worship?  There are several reasons.  People can hinder heightened worship by bringing spiritual baggage with them into the corporate setting – sin issues, demonic problems, bitterness, unforgiveness, worries, lack of peacefulness, lack of being prepared for worship through prayerlessness, and just general distractions.  These things affect the atmosphere and hinder worship for the entire body, and require overcoming intercession / warfare.  Even when our hearts are right, and we have prepared ourselves for corporate worship, distractions can be presented deliberately by Satan to hinder us from connecting with the Lord.

Next time we will talk about why Satan makes such an effort to hinder worship.

Previous: Worship Establishes God’s Kingdom in the Earth (Part 3) 
Next: Worship and the Holy War (Part 5)

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Excerpted from Lee Ann’s book, The Intercessor Manual

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5 responses to “The Marriage of Worship and Intercession (Part 4)

  1. Pingback: Worship Establishes God’s Kingdom in the Earth (Part 3) « Out of the Fire

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  3. I am so blessed today reading about intercession and worship. Thank you so much for bringing more understanding. I am really enjoying this teaching. Thank God!

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  4. Lee Ann,

    Is this still the experience of the worshiping believers ?
    I’ve been seeking this for years and years and in my environment (services which I attend) few people can acknowledge they have experienced the Lord’s Presence.
    Still seeking!
    Blessings – Costa

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    • Hi Costa,

      I understand where you are at, but let me answer in a more general way for the sake of others reading the comments.

      It is hard to find churches these days where the manifest Presence of God is understood and courted. But it is worth the pursuit! If a local church cannot be found that makes worship a priority, sometimes there is a home fellowship to fill that gap. We make worship a priority in the prayer gathering in our home, and we do experience the glory of God. From worship, we flow into prayer, and God leads us powerfully from one into the other or back and forth between the two.

      I do hope the Lord will make a way for you to connect with other believers who hunger for His Presence. Perhaps a home fellowship would be an answer for you to satisfy that need.

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