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Father, we pray that You would strengthen us in our intercession. Help us to be strong prayer warriors and grant us rest when we need it.

“For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.”   Isaiah 30:15

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From time to time we talk about the spiritual well-being of our community of intercessors, partly because we hear your struggles, and partly because we know that spiritual self-care is crucial.

Intercessory prayer is not for the faint of heart. The amount of energy it takes to pray into the needs of the nation and the world consistently and urgently can be easily underestimated. I know I have. The more I moved from prayer mobilization into actual intercession the more I realized I hadn’t known how tiring that can be.

There are some clues in Scripture I should have picked up on. Terms like “wrestling” (Ephesians 6:12), “travail of soul” (Isaiah 53:11), “devotion” (Acts 2:42), “cried out with a loud voice” (Revelation 6:10), “without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17) all indicate hard work. The apostle Paul frequently stated that he prayed non-stop for the churches he planted, and that in some cases, he was in anguish over them (Galatians 4:19).

Dear friends, it is the price intercessors pay for his God-given assignment in the work of His kingdom. You could call it an occupational hazard. But because you do most of your kingdom work in the closet, very few people notice and understand. It is much more visible when a pastor or chaplain or youth leader burns out, but you operate under the radar, and it can make you feel isolated and lonely.

Prayer-burden burnout can occur when you feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders. Headline after headline, usually bad news, emergency after emergency, tragedy after tragedy, need after need can easily make you feel overwhelmed. On top of that, intercessors can suffer from “anticipation fatigue” – praying for certain burdens for years without seeing even as much as an inkling of an answer. I served for a few years as a chaplain to a 911 call center and learned that one of the greatest frustrations dispatchers have is that they don’t hear the outcome of a high stress call. Did the person survive? Did the burglar get caught? Intercessors are God’s 911 operators, bringing urgent needs to the throne of grace for divine intervention.

And if that isn’t enough, Satan attacks you where he can, especially with his three favorite weapons: doubt, discouragement, and distraction. He hates what you do, because he, of all the created beings that exist beside God, understands the power of prayer the most, and therefore fears it.

How, then, do we give ourselves enough care and protection to prevent discouragement, burnout, distraction, doubt, and anticipation fatigue?

I prayed into that for myself after an exhausting month, and the Lord gave me some gracious insights from Isaiah 30:15 that I would like to share with you in hopes that they may help you as well.

  • In returning and rest you shall be saved – I am saved from doing too much in my own strength, from Satan’s attacks on my prayer life, from distraction and emotional depletion, by my daily, intentional decision to turn to Him and rest in Him. In practical terms that means that I make myself dependent on Him to tell me what I should pray for, how I should pray for it, and lean on His Spirit praying in me and through me. It is a decision I must make every morning. I have learned the hard way that not making that decision leads to leaning on my own insight and brain power. Relying on my own insight and strength instead of God’s is where much of my exhaustion comes from.
  • In quietness and in trust shall be your strength. I begin my priestly duty before the altar in heaven by simply asking the Lord what He wants to say to me today and how He wants me to pray. Then I declare my trust in the power He has invested in the simple prayers of a sinner made righteous by the blood of Christ (James 5:16), in the truth that He has ordained to win great victories through the prayers of His people, and that part of my true identity in Christ is that I belong to a royal priesthood (1 Peter 2:9) called by God.

Isiah 30:15 describes a domino effect of sorts: turning to Him leads to rest in Him, which in turn leads to quiet listening and receiving His thoughts and perspectives, which in turn builds trust in Him. That whole process is what gives me the spiritual, emotional, and mental strength to prevail in prayer and not fall prey to exhaustion.

There are four other practices that are important to maintain your spiritual health as an intercessor:

  • Keep the Sabbath (Exodus 20:8). God rested and created us for rest. Likewise, intercessors should have at least one day a week when we do not take the weight of the world on our shoulders, but just rest in the presence of the Lord. Enjoy His company. Worship. Give thanks. Don’t look at the news. Do something fun to recharge. Satan is, of course, right there to make you feel guilty about “neglecting your priestly duties” but resist Him and stand on the biblical truth that we are commanded to rest. One of the main reasons why an army loses a war is because of underfed and rest-deprived soldiers. A good 911 call center has a quiet room where operators can come, be alone, burn a scented candle, listen to some music and recharge after a stressful call. It’s no different for intercessors. We need to take breaks so we can continue.
  • Take a sabbatical. Occasionally you need more than a day’s rest from your priestly duties. Especially when you have come under prolonged enemy fire, got wounded, or have become so exhausted that you need extended recuperation. Enter God’s “MASH tent” and let Him tend to your injuries and nurse you back to health. You didn’t fail – the attacks and injuries are proof that you are a force to be reckoned with in the heavenly places. You will emerge recharged to go at it again. In the meantime, God will raise up others to take your place.
  • Stick with your kingdom assignment. It gets overwhelming to pray for everything you see coming your way through the news, through prayer letters, and even through the IFA publications. I have found that the Lord draws me to pray over certain things and not over others. I firmly believe He calls upon others to pray for those things so that everything does get covered by. Sometimes, He calls me to pray over singular events. At other times, He gives me a prolonged burden. Some last as long as the crises do, others are ongoing. For instance, I have long had a call to pray daily for missions through Operation World, and for persecuted Christians through the Voice of the Martyrs Prayer Guide. He may have a different assignment for you. Just like an army that has different divisions doing different things, God’s army of intercessors consists of different units working together in prayer for different issues and kinds of kingdom work knowing that our Supreme Commander knits it all together according to His battle plan.
  • Avoid isolation. A soldier becomes more vulnerable to attack and exhaustion when he gets separated from his unit. A pastor burns out more easily when he does not have the benefit of fellowship and support from fellow pastors who understand his work. The same goes for an intercessor. If you don’t already have a group of people to pray with, join one or form one soon. Not only does it increase the power and effectiveness of your prayer (see Matthew 18:19,20), but it also gives you emotional and spiritual support as you share prayer burdens with others. Faith is contagious, while unbelief thrives in isolation.

Please hear my shepherd’s heart in all of this. Intercessors are sometimes secretly admired, and oftentimes misunderstood. For that reason, we need each other. And above all, we need to “guard your heart,
for everything you do flows from it.” (Proverbs 4:23) Protect your Father-child relationship with the Lord – put it first, because it is the root of every spiritual service in His kingdom.

“Father in heaven, I pray that you awaken in everyone who reads this article a desire to be close to you, to turn to you, rest in you, and find strength in quietness and trust. May the intercessors you have appointed in this nation and around the world find renewed hope, strength, fellowship, and faith to continue and prevail in prayer for the advance of your kingdom even as tribulation and distress intensify with ever greater speed. Affirm each prayer warrior in their calling and worth today with Your delight in their prayers, connect them to a community of prayer warriors where needed, and refresh their souls through loving fellowship with You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

What did you think of this article? Share your thoughts and prayers in the comments below!

Author Remco Brommet is a pastor, spiritual growth teacher, and prayer leader with over 40 years’ experience in Europe, Southeast Asia, Africa, and the US. Born and raised in the Netherlands and pastoring his first church in Amsterdam, he moved to the US in 1986. He and his wife Jennifer currently live north of Atlanta, GA When not writing books, he blogs and assists his wife as content developer and prayer coordinator for True Identity Ministries. Jennifer and Remco are passionate about bringing people into a deeper relationship with Christ. Photo Credit: Fa Barboza on Unsplash.

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Julie Marx
May 24, 2022

Great article. Thank you for the confirmation. I too have felt to pray only what the Spirit highlights, otherwise I am overwhelmed. Operating in prophetic intercession makes it much easier and I believe much more effective. Again, thank you.

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Staci
May 23, 2022

Wow! Almost an hour ago I was telling someone about these exact things and then I come on here and read this article. The burnout etc. when it comes to intercession , world events, etc. Please pray for me. I’m so tired mentally and emotionally. Praise God that He hears us and before we call He answers.

Lori Meed
May 23, 2022

This is such a timely and needed teaching Remco! Thank you! I am in a season of drawing near that my first love flame would burn bright and clear again in a heart unburdened. His presence and grace restore and refresh. Ps.23 – so familiar – has become a resting place for my soul and heart. Thank you for shepherding us, the IFA intercessors!

Gloria Robles
May 23, 2022

I really needed this encouragement and insight. I definitely have felt distracted these days. I know discouragement and doubt when I see it creeping it, but distraction creeps in subtly. Rest is one of the greatest gifts we have, that I think we (all Christians not just Intercessors) don’t take advantage of enough. Too often we equivalate business with godliness. If we are doing so much for God, we’re doing something right, however we end up burned out. I know I’ve been there. Thank you Remco for this powerful reminder.

Darlene Estlow
May 22, 2022

Thank you for the encouragement of Pastor Brommet. It is good to be an intercessor but we need to be sure to depend on the Lord!

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Donna Prewitt
May 22, 2022

Thank you Lord for all you do through Remco. The pastoral words you have given him today are a true balm to my soul and an encouragement to my heart. They are going to be printed out and reread often. Thank you for bringing him to strengthen and build up our intercessors at IFA. What a blessing to be a part of this body. And my you continue to bless Remco and his wife in all they do for You.

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Valerie Yamagata
May 22, 2022

Amen Hallelujah No Coincidence And Much Needed…..This is an AFFIRMATION And CONFIRMATION From GOD AS HE IS A GOD WHO SEES AND HEARS OUR PRAYERS AS WE GO BEFORE HIM CONTINUOUSLY…..HIS WORD SAYS ….SEEK THE LORD AND HIS STRENGTH…SEEK THE LORD CONTINUALLY ….IN HIM IS FULLNESS OF JOY….📖THE JOY OF THE LORD IS MY STRENGTH ✝️ SHALOM 💜

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Anonymous
May 22, 2022

Thank you for this article. It makes me feel better about the fact that my main thing I pray for is for our freedoms to be preserved worldwide, and for all globalist plans to be thwarted

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Bibianna Ostrand
May 22, 2022

This is such a confirmation for me! To find every detailed need addressed without guilt or as you said, being misunderstood. I’m drawing closer as that intimate intercessor and the Lord Himself has taught me these very lessons. Thank you for the validation and encouragements!!

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Carol
May 22, 2022

Saints, it is time to humble ourselves before the MIGHTY HAND of GOD! Remember: this kind (demons) comes out by prayer and fasting! Read all of Isaiah 58 in the King James Version: Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? Our HOLY SPIRIT will direct you! FATHER GOD please help us to humble our souls with fasting and prayer so we will hear clearly from YOU as to our words and steps to set our country free from the demonic! Guide us to victory as YOU speak to us in the night seasons; and give us knowledge of witty inventions as to what is happening daily that we need to pray about! I speak to this mountain of lies, confusion, deceit, and fear that has been put out into the atmosphere, to be cast into the sea immediately in JESUS NAME! Help thou our unbelief FATHER so we will believe YOUR WORD alone; and act on it from now on in JESUS MIGHTY NAME! Amen!

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Bobhuseby
May 22, 2022

Thanks for this teaching by Remco Brommet. It is very necessary for intercessors to realize these truths. In Jesus mighty name we speak the rejuvenation of our spirits as we persist!!

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Anonymous
May 22, 2022

Lord God, thwart these evil plans that are commencing TODAY. Do not let the power that has been misused via the pandemic continue to be perpetrated. We pray that increased vaccine mandates will not stand. Do not let Biden cede United States health authority to the World Health Organization. Make all ratified, freedom-stealing amendments and treaties, worldwide, become null and void. We pray that all global health magnates would not have consensus in plans they may seek to make. Let all other related, and unrelated, plans harmful to sovereignty and freedom fall apart, fruitless. Annihilate the World Health Organization’s ratified Pandemic Treaty. Preserve our freedoms, worldwide. Destroy the New World Order and the Great Reset

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Susan CC
May 22, 2022

(from Isaiah 43)
Bring out a people who have eyes but are blind and who have ears but are deaf. All the nations gather together and the peoples assemble. Who among them can declare this and proclaim to us the former things? Let them present their witnesses to vindicate them, so that others may hear and say, “It is true.” “You are My witnesses,” declares the LORD, “and My servant whom I have chosen, so that you may consider and believe Me and understand that I am He. Before Me no god was formed and after Me none will come. Yes I, am the LORD and there is no Savior but Me. I alone decreed and saved and proclaimed— I, and not some foreign god among you. So you are My witnesses,” declares the LORD, “that I am God. Even from eternity I am He, and none can deliver out of My hand. When I act, who can reverse it?”

I love You Father. I love You Jesus. I love You Holy Spirit. Amen

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