The Characteristics of a Healthy Intercessor

An intercessor:

  • Enjoys praying – it is not merely a chore. Intercession is not seen as only painful and mournful, warfare and demonic attacks, a dark world in which the intercessor lives.
  • The healthy intercessor has learned discipline, a part of which demands that the heart of prayer, the first movement in prayer, not be to the station of intercessor, but to the sweetness of the relationship with the one we represent on the wall.
  • They are humble— there is no place for pride or conceit … the intercessor:
  • Is a servant to the pastor
  • Has a submissive, meek spirit – but they are not a broken reed.
  • Respects authority, even if they disagree from time to time. They still honor office, and know boundaries.
  • WantsGod to get the glory and is protective of what belongs to God (watchful, guarding).
  • Shares insights, concerns, and then is able to “let it go.” They understand, they are watchers on the wall, not elders at the gate.
  • Is “other minded” – empathy is a major component of their DNA, along with compassion, and sensitivity.
  • Surrenders to the will of God.
  • Is motivated by love and is full of grace (forgiving), and supportive.
  • Is teachable.
  • Wants unity.
  • Is encouraging to others – has the ability to share truth in a loving way. God is to edify.
  • Is discerning. Hears the voice of the Holy Spirit.


Doug Kamstra, The Praying Church Idea Book: Becoming a House of Prayer – mobilizing members for prayer ministries.

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