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

Do you believe that God has called you to be a prophetic intercessor?

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.

17 Signs You May Be a Prophetic Intercessor

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.


[1] Some examples: Moses intercedes for Israel (Exodus 34:8-9), Daniel for the Jews (Dan 9:3-19), 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.

Prayer Warriors! The School of Intimacy and Prayer is Open

When I began to experience a significant anointing of the Holy Spirit for prophetic prayer 20 years ago, I did not know how to navigate many of the encounters with God I was having.

I saw miracles and breakthrough in answer to prayer, but I also made mistakes, and had a lot of growth pain as a prophetic intercessor.

Since then I have been a prayer leader, have been a minister on a prophetic team, and by God’s grace have developed in ministry as a prophetic writer and teacher.

Now I’m passionate about helping others on the same journey I’ve been on. And this week, a long-held dream has come to reality.

I’ve just launched the Enliven School of Intimacy and Prayer with the first series of topics, and I extend you a warm welcome to join me!

Currently on the Prayer School are self-paced video lessons on:

  • Intimacy with the Holy Spirit
  • Introducing Prophetic Prayer
  • Praying the Mysteries of Heaven
  • The Gift and Ministry of Prophetic Intercession
  • Angels and Encounters
  • Bonus mini-eBook on Prophetic Dreams

You can find out more or enroll in the School of Intimacy and Prayer here. Alternatively, you can view all online courses here.

More help for prophetic intercessors:

Prophetic Intercession, its Power and Pitfalls

8 Signs You May Have a Gift of Prophecy

8 tips For Personal Intercessors

© 2016 Helen Calder – Enliven Ministries:  In the David McCracken Ministries family

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

  1. Lenelle Hill

    I relate to every last one!!!!!!! Thank you for this article, it was very helpful! I am encouraged! God bless!

  2. Jessa

    Thank u for this wonderful Articles of yours. First I didn’t know about this gift but I now realize that it is exactly what Im looking for.
    I really don’t know before why most of the time I pray for someone and I don’t even know that my words in my prayer is the exact thing they need. Or it is the burden that carry anf don’t know how to over come.
    Now I know that I am no longer the one who pray for them but the Holy spirit itself.
    It is such a great thing to know that God use me this far even I am a youth and called myself as a baby Christian. Thank u so much ms Helen! God bless 🙂

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Jessa, it’s great to hear from you. I’m glad you’ve found the article inspiring, God is using you in significant ways!

  3. Debbie Patten

    WOW, is all can say. I KNOW the Lord led me to see this. First I was prophesied over & named Deborah by my great grandmother while my Mom was pregnant with me. Then had a pretty bad childhood. At 16 I became a drug addict& alcoholic & practiced witchcraft & homosexuality for 18 yrs. Then received JESUS at 38 yrs old. Got baptized & baptized in the Holy Ghost pretty quick. In 2000 at my church revival this man sat behind me prophesied over me saying, is your name Deborah& I said yes. He said, God says you are going to be an intercessor..not only that but an intercessor on a corporate level. Being a pretty new Christian I didn’t know what he was talking about. Shortly after that I was trained by the Lord to pray & do deliverance prayers. So much has happened since it would be to much to write. By the way I am doing Exactly what prophesied. Recently we changed churches & Suddenly I feel like something major has shifted & I’m having more visios & dreams & prophesying over people. My prayers are stretching me someplace new..if that makes any sense. Anyway, thank you for your obedience of writing this.
    The LORD just keeps healing & stretching the broken little girl I was. Blessings

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Debbie,
      what a wonderful testimony of God’s grace! He is using you to His glory. Thank you for sharing with us and I pray God’s blessing on your ministry.

  4. Samuel gbuushi

    Thank you very much, you have being a blessing to me through your write up lately.
    I don’t know if i am called to be a prophetic intercessor, but late last year i had had some strange incounters with lord in the couse of prayers the more i pray the more i want pray, at times i could pray for hours i don’t really what i am praying for, also i often have peace after prayers. i also had the holy spirit manifested himself to me through my hands in form of fire. (after deep worship and prayer i will sence of feel heat in my both hands in form of fire) i also experince the following signs in your article , 4,8,10 and 13. what do i do? Were do i start from and what type of spiritual gift is that. Thank you and God bless you.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Samuel,
      what wonderful experiences and encounters with God! Continue to pursue Him in prayer, but also make sure that you are involved and serving in your church. Let others see the good fruit of the Holy Spirit at work in your life.
      It would probably benefit you to learn more about the gift and process of prophecy. Also, be open to pray for others, the heat in your hand may mean that God will use you in that way, so in a relaxed way offer to pray for people when it is appropriate and see what He does.

  5. Margaret

    I am just in so much amazement right now. This is totally me….most of the time I pray for hours or I will spend a whole day just praying. God talks with me all the time about different people and things and he truly leads me to praying and fasting.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      What a special gift of prayer, Margaret!
      Rejoice in it, God is good and His gifts are good. 🙂

  6. Shelly

    Hello Ms. Calder,

    This article is very insightful, thank you! I do have a question though. I am new to this. I was saved and backslid and renewed my relationship with God a little over a year ago. I have been told for years by those close to me that I have a calling on my life, but never sought God as to what it was, instead choosing to run from it. I just recently began to seek an answer from him through prayer and it was revealed that I am called to prayer. My prayer life before backsliding was phenomenal to say the least. Very intimate. I encountered many “strange” incidents. One of which was very serious but at the time I had no idea. I was talking to my pastor and I saw something behind his eyes. I can’t describe it, but it did prompt me to ask him if he was ok. He said yes, but 2 days later he had a massive heart attack and had to have quadruple bypass surgery. I felt horrible. As though I missed it and could have helped, but now I believe that was possibly a sign from the Holy Spirit for me to intercede on his behalf. I can identify with several points from the article. My question is this. In conjunction with prayer, I am lead to do ALOT of fasting. The fasting combined with the prayer makes me feel “open” for lack of a better word which does cause me to withdraw from others so that my spirit does not get “contaminated”. Is that something that I should pray about or can that be some sort of protection? This was really hard to put into words, and keep short, lol. But I hope that you understand what I’m trying to convey. Thank you again for sharing your wisdom!

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hello Shelly! Thank you for sharing your experiences, and also for your question.
      Withdrawal from others – this can either be healthy (short times with good fruit/outcomes, leading to greater blessing overflowing to others) or unhealthy (accompanied by suspicion, or fear, hindering fellowship, or preventing others receiving a blessing through your life…etc). It’s best to ask a leader who is close to you and whom you trust, and can see the fruit of what is taking place in your life to make an observation and be open to what they say.

  7. CL

    Thank you so much for this! God has led me in this type of intercessory prayer for about 6 years, which has grown significantly in the last 2-1/2 years. . .but I have always felt very alone in it. My intercession ministry has been led exclusively by the Holy Spirit with no examples (except those I see in scripture) of the types of ways God asks me to pray and how He is continually teaching me. Just recently He has begun to open my eyes to many, many others that have a similar type calling. I know I needed to learn from Him first and exclusively (and still do!), but I appreciate the confirmation this article has given me – and boldness to press on even though most around me don’t get it. . .I see God moving and am excited about what He is going to do. . .All 17 of these signs applied to me, and I was so blessed to be led to your article. Thank you so much!

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Linda, nice to hear from you!
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