17 Signs You May Be a Prophetic Intercessor (The Intercessory Prayer Gift)

Intercessory prayer is simply praying on behalf of others—and when this is teamed up with a prophetic gift it can be powerful.

Prophetic prayer occurs when we pray with insights (prophetic revelation) received from the Holy Spirit. We may receive these insights during prayer, or pray about revelation that has already been received.

We can all pray prophetically. However, a prophetic intercessor is not only equipped with insight from the Spirit—the prophetic intercessor becomes the vessel through whom the Spirit Himself prays.

‘In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.’ (Rom 8:26-27)


The Ministry of Prophetic Intercessory Prayer

Prophetic Intercession“I looked for someone 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 no one.” (Ezek 22:30)

Anna is a Biblical example of a prophetic intercessor. She poured years into her God-given assignment of praying in the temple, leading up to Jesus the Messiah’s birth. (Luke 2:36-38)

It has often been said, that not all intercessors are prophets; however, all prophets are called to intercede. And in the Bible, we see specific examples of those in a prophetic office who took time to intercede for those people and situations they ministered into. [1]

So if you have a prophetic calling, I encourage you to read and be inspired by the list in this article, even if you do not see yourself as a prophetic intercessor.


Signs of the Intercessory Prayer Gift and Calling:

Following are some of the signs that I have observed (and personally experienced) in those who have a calling to the ministry of prophetic intercession. The first three signs are common to all of those who have a calling to the ministry of prayer:

  1. You believe that God has called you to pray and you love to pray more than most people do
  1. You place a high value on prayer and sometimes wonder why (or get frustrated when) others do not share it
  1. You have seen significant answers to your prayers

Specific Signs Related to a Prophetic Intercessory Prayer Gift

If you are called to the ministry of a prophetic intercessor, you will find that you relate to some or many of the following additional things:

  1. You tend to pray more at times when you feel urged by the Holy Spirit (you may know this as a ‘burden’ of prayer).
  1. Prayer is easy for you when you sense that the Holy Spirit has given you a specific burden or assignment. However, you find it  harder to pray when people assign prayer to you as a task, or give you lists and times to pray (unless you feel drawn by the Spirit to these). In the past, you may have been intimidated by those who are ‘task intercessors’, who happily spend hours praying over lists. [2] However, God is calling you to embrace your particular gift and calling and see it as He does—highly valued and powerful.
  1. You receive revelation from the Holy Spirit concerning what to pray and how to pray. You may receive prophetic insights concerning the situation you are praying about, to pass on or to pray further into.
  1. You may be more spontaneous in the expression of your prayer gift than others who are gifted in prayer.
  1. You have a strong sense of intimacy with the Holy Spirit when you pray—and this fuels your prayer life.
  1. Travail is familiar to you—a sense of birthing the purposes of God—and you may have experienced wordless groans or weeping in your prayer times. In this, you can identify with Hannah (1 Samuel 1:10-13) and Elijah—who prayed for rain in the birthing position (1 Kings 18:41-44).
  1. You do not always need to have specific knowledge about what you are praying for. Sometimes you pray in the realm of ‘mystery’. (1 Cor 14:2) It is enough for you to know that the Spirit has called you to prayer.
  1. When you have a prayer assignment, it may feel as though you are personally involved and invested in the situation. You may have a sense of identification in the Spirit with those you are praying for. You may feel what they are feeling, or sense God’s heart towards them, such as compassion, grief or mercy.
  1. You know the ‘secret place’ of prayer. Your prayer life is often hidden, and sometimes not understood or appreciated by people. However, your reward is found in the Presence of God.
    (As with all prophetic gifts and ministries, the ministry of prophetic intercession flourishes in local church community and benefits from oversight. It is a temptation for those with a prophetic prayer ministry to isolate themselves, especially if they feel misunderstood.)
  1. You experience a deep sense of satisfaction in prayer—especially in being at the right place, at the right time for your God-given assignment to pray on behalf of a person, group, region or situation.
  1. You may be sent by God to be in certain places at particular times to intercede on behalf of a situation, person or region, especially if you are a prophet-intercessor operating in a ‘prophetic office’ ministry.
  1. Your journey has been lonely at times. Even those around you who love prayer do not always understand the dynamics of prophetic intercessory prayer. You may have experienced some unusual manifestations of the Holy Spirit whilst praying (Rom 8:26-27), that others do not understand. (Note: It is very important that we focus on the fruit of the prayer, and the message of the prayer, rather than manifestations, when communicating to others).
  1. One of your challenges has been to learn to fully release the burden of the Spirit in prayer—not to hold onto it. You have also had to learn not to personalise or hold onto the emotion that identification (point 11) can sometimes bring with it.
  1. You prefer prayer meetings that have some room for listening to and being led by the Holy Spirit in prayer.
    (Note: This does not mean that other types of prayer meetings are wrong—we must always honour others who lead prayer meetings, regardless of their culture, methods or emphasis. They are not wrong—just different to us)

The Prophet-Intercessor

The ‘Prophet-Intercessor’ is someone who has a five-fold ministry office of a prophet (Eph 4:11-13), and who also has a primary calling and gifting of intercessory prayer. As mentioned in point 14, above, a prophet-intercessor may be stationed or sent by God to specific places to pray and make prophetic declarations.

A prophet who is an intercessor will have a greater level of authority in prayer and prophetic ministry, than a prophetic intercessor. He or she may be used by God to minister through prophecy and intercessory prayer in significant arenas—these may include nations or regions, governments, education, business and church movements.


Is Intercessory Prayer a Spiritual Gift?

Is prophetic intercession, or intercessory prayer, a spiritual gift? I personally believe so. The prophetic intercessor is graced and anointed to pray. One way of looking at this, is to see prophetic intercessory prayer as an expression of the prophetic gift.

Our God who created the snowflake and fingerprints gifts His people in many unique ways. Those of us who are prophetic intercessors know, when we find others who have a like calling, that we have found one of our own ‘tribe.’

Intercessory prayer is a significant ministry—and eternity will reveal the fruit and power of the hidden work of prophetic intercession.


Notes:

[1] Some examples: Moses intercedes for Israel (Exodus 34:8-9), Daniel for the Jews (Dan 9:33-35), Jeremiah for Jerusalem (Jer 14:20-21) and Elijah prayed for the drought he prophesied to begin and end (James 5:17-18)

[2] For insights about different prayer gifts, I highly recommend Intercessors Discover Your Prayer Power, by FEMRITE, T; ALVES, E; KAUFMAN, K.  2000.  Ventura : Regal.


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141 thoughts on “17 Signs You May Be a Prophetic Intercessor (The Intercessory Prayer Gift)

  1. This is definitely me. There are times when I’m sitting and from nowhere, my heart gets heavy and I begin to cry and pray. Other times when this happens, what I’m crying about, I begin praying about it. Sometimes it’s the Church, or an individual. And then there are times when I definitely know it’s the Father’s heart grieving or feeling joyous. In 2014, a prophecy came out about California being hit by a tsunami. But the Holy Spirit took me to Abraham’s prayer for Sodom and Gomorrah and gave me the burden to intercede. I’m glad I followed His leading instead of passing judgment. Thank you for helping me better understand what’s been happening to me.

  2. I am glad I stumbled on your blog.. I cried so much because though I believe I have the gift of prayer, the certainty became clear as I read your posts.. God bless you as I have rededicated my prayer life to God and understand what I am going through better..more grace

  3. This really make sense to me..i just don understand the way i pray..i wish we could pray all the time being led by the holy spirit,i hate prayer points,they never make sense to me most of the time..i feel so awkward most of the time..they think i dont love people because i love isolating myself..In the presence of God i have a weird way of manifesting the power of God..at some point i felt i was demon possessed..have been casted out several times but the manifestation continues,i know iam not possessed..i feel the hearts of people,i always feel i can give a person direction through the word if they follow it all becomes well…this ministry is sad,its a burden,you hardly think for yourself,i have a heart to mother..if isolation its a temptation i will work on it..i do well when iam alone or the broken heated,when i have a purpose to fulfill..to encourage people to be closer to God and look unto Him for help.i feel ordinary people cant receive my love..i give love to were is needed the most.it is sad how i live,,my life is full of drama which causes me to pray even more..i love the presence of God..it gives me comfort..it makes me happy but it makes me look like a fool before ordinary Christians..Thank you

  4. Thank you for this blog. Wonderful teaching. Very helpful esp.to those who are on the stage of unfolding there gift. I can relate most of the signs but most particularly on number 13 and 17. Thank you for your gift of teaching. God bless ?

  5. I can relate mostly with no 9 , l remember prayer for two of my friends who are sick on time and l was crying withing my self and those two friend at last died. and l am at a loss , why is it when l was praying on their behalf and l was crying seriously, not emotional but unconsciously and it landed to death.

  6. I strongly agree and relate to the topic and it has answered so many questions that i had, i do not like to be told to pray for some things by people i prefer God driven assignment through the holy spirit.Prayer to me is my life and i enjoy it in the closet, i get more revelations in prayer and i see visions when i pray.

  7. I love the quiet secret place of prayer, and don’t respond well to points given out in a group situation so easily. I was thinking there must be something wrong with me. Mostly I speak to God, and then I read, and He speaks to me in astonishing ways through the Word.
    I have one question, I had a dream ( I dream all the time) and a beautiful angel came and stood in front of me. He smiled so lovingly at me and had his hands out to me; in one hand he had a small vial with some golden liquid that looked like mercury in a thermometer. He tipped the liquid into his left hand and the vial disappeared, he rubbed his hands together then smoothed this highly perfumed oil over my face. He finished with making a circular motion with the ball of his finger in the centre of my forehead. I had never smelled perfume like it, it was unbelievably lovely.
    The perfume stayed with me all day that day, and my daughter kept asking me what I was using. I wondered if you could give me any advice with this?
    I love to pray and my life has been quite isolated until now.

    • I love the dream, Elizabeth! To me it seems something to record and treasure as an encounter with God. Look up the significance of fragrance in the Bible, (e.g. Song of Songs comes to mind) I’m sure you will be encouraged by what you find.

  8. I can relate mostly 80% written in this blog I can sense God is talking to me at times and having an urge to pray and crying desperately for the holy spirit to come to me…all the glory and praises belongs to His name amen

  9. I’ve been meaning to write over a month to tell you that I relate to all of the listed signs – except 14. I don’t relate to the groaning mentioned in 9, I I relate to the birthing.
    The Lord also speaks to me in dreams. Some make lots of sense, but others don’t. Recently I dreamed about a church elder’s ex-husband. He’d been a co-pastor years ago. It was utterly confusing. Last night, at Bible study, I realized that whatever the meaning of the dream was, it was for her good. I understood it as soon as I locked eyes with her. Still no clue about the meaning though.
    Also, and only other intercessors seem to understand this, I occasionally become drained spiritually. I feel it physically. It’s happened twice, after confronting heavy situations in prayer. Unusually heavy. Praying in tongues is healing for that. The first time it happened, a cold rapidly worsened to acute bronchitis. I’d never had it before.

  10. OMGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG!!!!!!!! This is definitely me and my bestie. We talk about this all of the time. It is definitely isolating because people don’t understand and I think that God intentionally isolates us or doesn’t want us to fit. You could also think that you were bipolar. (not to offend anyone). Because one minute you are o.k and the next you are not. It shifts suddenly. Most of these I can agree with, but definitely #17. It’s just that in that moment it is so strong and heavy. And you want to cry and sometimes be angry with God. So I’m still learning. I’m not a task prayer either, I pray when I feel led. Just recently, I was heavy burdened to intercede on the behalf of a city. So much was going on at the time. I cried out to the Lord and had to repent, and that burden lifted. So I’m still learning. But soooo grateful for this site.

    • Hi Kia
      I’m so glad you found us, it certainly helps when you can get the bigger picture and understand that there are many others who are just like you 🙂

    • I agree. Not long ago I was thinking about how much it hurt to not fit in with my own family. The Lord revealed that was actually Him at work. He wanted me to be a person who knew how to stand alone. Also, He needed me to not be so attached to my family that I would put them before Him.

      • Thank you Helen for the reply. I’m sorry I put #17 and it is actually #16, 14, and 11. I also just want to reply to LaNanda. It is isolation, but I often think of Moses.(just a thought). I have many more questions, and you all have helped me tremendously. One of the greatest challenges for me is going into my flesh when I feel the tug or pull. I have to learn to stay in the spirit by fasting and praying. Thank you all soooo much.

  11. I just realized this is my Gift . The Holy Spirit puts specific people on my mind to pray for and sometimes i feel a deep feeling of what they are feeling or dealing with.

  12. I’ve recently had the experience of a deep travail and weeping while a prophet was releasing prophecy over people at my church. I quietly prayed in tongues and wept so much that someone told me later that they thought I was crying because God had not released a word for me through him. I didn’t know how to explain that the emotion I felt wasnt selfish at all but a burden. I also pray much more powerful and seemingly effective prayers when I feel led or under the unction of the Holy Ghost to pray specifically. This all feels so unusual because Ive never heard anyone speak about it.

    • Hello – your experiences are not unusual to the many of us who share the gift. I certainly understand your experiences and praise God for them!

  13. I feel the spirit of intercession have left me because I find it difficult to intercede like before , what must I do to restore this spirit ? Thanks

    • God is faithful and will store to you anything that the enemy has stollen yet it was meant for you (Joel 2:25-26). Just repent the sin of omission or commission. I believe either one of these could have caused you to lose your position in prophetic intercession. But believe me, God is not yet through with you until He accomplishes His will through you. So, after repentance, just wait hopefully upon the Holy Spirit and He will strongly come upon you again to do His will through you. Amen

  14. Hi thank for this website… Introduce: my name is WELLEM i live in Doom Island, Sorong City, West Papua, Indonesia. Here we have Prayer Group always pray in small the house of pray.. 3 schedule every week.. You know i like to read Website and i feel blesed about Intercessor. I want to joint but i am in Other pleace.. We can share pray.. Thank you verry much. GOD BLESS YOU

  15. Please tell me from where you are quoting this: We can all pray prophetically. However, a prophetic intercessor is not only equipped with insight from the Spirit—the prophetic intercessor becomes the vessel through whom the Spirit Himself prays. (This has been my experience)
    It is not in your blog.
    While I agree with many of the “signs,” I have a level of uncertainty about confusing the Office of the Prophet with that of Prophetic Intercessor. I agree that the Office of Prophet should have the five-fold calling or gifting.
    Its been my experience that when we receive the Holy Spirit all the gifts come with Him. However, God develops or draws out these giftings as He wills and usually developmentally as he takes us through the trials that He uses to develop us a Christians who serve Him.
    I have been an Intercessor since before I knew the word. I serve in a Healing Room at my church. Often I find I do speak prophetically as I feel led by the Holy Spirit. At times I begin praying and move into speaking prophetically words that are not coming from my mind. These have meaning for the one being prayed for. I believe one can be a prophetic intercessor and not hold the Office of the Prophet.

    • Hello Beth, yes the text is highlighted with a quotation to make it stand out, it’s just a part of the whole article.
      I agree with you. The prophetic intercessor and the Prophet-Intercessor are two different levels of ministry and the latter refers to the fivefold office of the Prophet with an intercessory calling. I have acknowledged the ministry of a Prophet-Intercessor in some statements, but the overall article refers to the gift and ministry of the prophetic intercessor.
      Very good thoughts, thank you Beth. May you be richly blessed in your prophetic healing ministry!

  16. Thank you for this site. I live in New Zealand. I have been getting up at 3am most mornings and i will spend 2-4 hours feeding on Gods word. I feel so filled with His presence after this and then i will pray for 2 hours. I absolutely love spending this time in His presence and sometimes (it may sound weird), but I can smell and taste the word in my senses. When I go to pray, at times I get a INTENSE weeping that is soooo intense . I have wept fervently for my nation and for His fire to come upon the church. At times the Holy Spirit directs me to put certain songs on and I weep profoundly as God is communicating His eternal love towards me through the songs. Its like Hes singing over me and it is sooo intense and powerful, I absolutely love it! Some of these songs are secular love songs and its like Hes showing me His deep affection for me! I also have heaps of dreams and some of them i don’t quite understand, but I know that they are prophetic and I sometimes even war against evil spirits in my dreams. I genuinely love to pray and love the presense that comes from it.

    • Hi Louie, New Zealand is my country of birth and I spent many years interceding for revival in NZ – I’m so glad to hear you are ministering this way!

  17. My testimony: I am so encouraged that some servants of God have got the same calling like mine. Indeed, prophetic intercession is usually misunderstood by many brethren. I am one of the intercessors who really manifests the feelings of the Holy Ghost widely (ranging from crying, weeping, groaning, warfare tongues, groaning, pleading/interceding tongues to rejoicing through either clapping of hands/laughing or shouting “thank you Jesus” when my spirit senses victory). These manifestations become intense with the presence of the Holy Spirit and l may switch from one action to another. I get slained upon my belly most of the time the atmosphere is charged with the heavy presence of the Holy Spirit. At times the Holy Spirit just uses sign language to pray through me e.g. kneeling down, raising of hands, lying flat on my belly, standing up and clapping- all done without talking. The later happens when a servant of God is praying in understanding loudly in the churcj and the Spirit prays through me in agreement with the servant of God. It is a good experience and l just love being in the presence of God that way. Unfortunately, some breathen misunderstand me sometimes and this makes me enjoy this kind of prayer when am alone -away from people. I also enjoy prayer led by the Holy Ghost Himself and most of the time l just offer myself to Him with no prayer request. I have learnt always to ask for cleansing from sin then just worship Him in the spirit and l will then find myself totally given to the Holy Spirit intercession. Nevertheless, because of the effectiveness of this kind of prayer, personal resistance from the enemy is also real. But God has been faithful since the year 2000. I am now even rejuvenated having read for the first time about experiences of other prophetic intercessors. I can relate to almost all the 17 points. Wao! I thank God that even though l have not physically met many Christians with this gift, it is now very clear to me that l have gotten the confirmation about the calling upon my life and how it works! I am very grateful to the authors in this blog. Glory be to God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

  18. Oh Helen you don’t know how much you have helped me may God keep on using you I really appreciate what I am learning from you I have found someone who understands me even when I don’t understand myself someone who knows every season I am in when I start to ask myself questions I find answers in your blog and find myself edified I thank God for you

  19. hello Helen. towards the end of 2016, I realized I was given the gift of intercession. I can relate to some of the points and I am very happy and grateful to God for using you to point out the obvious to me. I usually feel odd when given prayer points to pray in a group. I feel different and weird and odd in the midst of others. I’ve experienced that deep travail several times. not too often though. sometimes for my church other times for my family. thank you for helping me understand that it’s a gift. God bless you richly

  20. Prayer Request:
    God save Eric McDonald
    Eric needs miracles of healing-
    He suffers from mental and emotional problems.
    He has a strong hold of fear-He needs Deliverance from all of these demonic activities.
    Eric needs salvation.He needs to have his soul healed.
    He needs to be cleansed and purified from his sins, from his past, from the wounds and hurts that he has suffered!!!!People have hurt him….
    He needs to be set free-He needs the grace to know Jesus, to believe in Jesus, to trust Jesus.He needs to put of his fears and hope in Jesus Christ.He needs to find the peace of Christ….to trust in Jesus and learn to be the friend

    We do not know where Eric may be.He is weak and vulnerable. Pray God will protect I’m.He needs a safe place.He needs Christian friends and a good Church.A Church that will be his home, his safe place, and his healing place!!!!

    Pray for Eric’s miracles!!!
    Thank You,
    Alfred Brown

    • Hi Alfred, praying for Eric now… amen to all of that, may Eric be saved and transformed in Jesus’ Name

  21. Thank you for this blog..now i understand what im experiencing.. i just dont understand why.. In my dreams He keeps telling me that to tell the people it is time..but i dont understand..i have been experiencing this dream for years..he let me see what will happen..but who would believe me?? What can i do about it right..i kept asking why me? Im a sinner..i dont deserve any of this..but he told me to follow him and he will save me

  22. Hi there,
    Thank you for posting your article. So, here it is the 7th of June 2017. When did you write this article? If you perchance you do see my comment, I humbly ask if you might pray for me? I am weary from having a misalignment in my body for about 14 years now, that is there to remind me to ask the Lord to bring alignment to His Body. I have only shared this with a few people and have been strongly rebuked. Time here does not allow me to go into how this has come about and I would not want to burden you with it. After reading your article you understand more than most about the dynamics of prophetic intercession. I am hoping you will understand that I am not in rebellion or delusional. Your prayers would mean so much.
    Thank you for your time and consideration.
    Most Sincerely,
    Jan Rouse

  23. Bless you sir, I would be glad if you can send me more related write up on the ministry of intercession and Intercessors. Shalom. Commdr Peter Olabode

  24. I was reading Rees Howles Intercessor and he says (quote) There are three things to be seen in an intercessor which are not necessarily found in ordinary prayer, Identification, Agony and Authority (unquote). Reading your today puts that and a lot of other things into perspective for me, thank you.