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Father, thank You for the death and resurrection of Your Son. This Holy Week, help us to be active and powerful in our intercession.
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We’re entering Holy Week. Once more, we remember Christ’s journey to the cross: His final teachings and Passover meal with the disciples; His agonizing emotional struggle in the Garden of Gethsemane; His betrayal by Judas; and His voluntary submission to false accusations, humiliation, torture, and one of the cruelest forms of execution ever invented by humans.

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Following the sobering remembrance of His suffering, we celebrate the victorious end of the story on Resurrection Sunday (I prefer that term over Easter, a word with pagan roots). In the words of the venerable Dr. S.M. Lockridge: “It’s Friday, but Sunday is coming!”

For intercessors, Holy Week has special significance, for several reasons.

  1. Christ’s blood purchased our right to walk intimately with the Father and to approach the throne of grace with boldness and confidence as children and heirs.

In the same way we also, when we were children, were enslaved to the elementary principles of the world. But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God (Galatians 4:3–7).

Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need (Hebrews 4:14–16).

When Jesus began teaching His disciples about prayer, approaching God directly and calling Him “Father” was new. Until then, they could only approach God through a priest. Sin, brought into the human race by Adam and Eve, caused that distance. When Jesus breathed His last on the cross to atone for the sin of mankind, the veil of the temple that signified separation from God was torn from top to bottom. Through the blood of Christ, intimacy with the Father was restored, and people like you and me regained direct access to the throne of grace.


The blood of Christ purchased our intercessory ministry because it gave us the right to call ourselves God’s children and heirs together with Christ. Thus it enabled intimacy with the Father and restored access to His grace with the promise that if we pray according to His will, He hears us and we have our request (see 1 John 5:14–15).

This gives us a special reason to contemplate the cross and to celebrate the resurrection. Without the love and tender mercy of God expressed in those, our prayers would be in vain.

  1. Christ’s death and resurrection triumphed over Satan and his forces, which allows us to wage spiritual warfare from a place of victory.

And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him (Colossians 2:13–15).

Most of our intercessory prayers involve spiritual warfare because Satan is hard at work everywhere. Whenever that feels overwhelming, and we seem hard pressed from all sides (2 Corinthians 4:8), we may stand secure in the knowledge that we battle an enemy who has already been defeated and whose doom is sure. The blood of Christ washes away every sin, neutralizing the only weapon that the Accuser has. And the resurrection conquered death, breaking the power of eternal separation from God that Satan wields.

This position of victory over sin and death fuels our prayers with joyous faith while at the same time infusing them with vigilance, since we know that this defeated enemy still roars and seeks to devour (see 1 Peter 5:8–9).

Because of Christ’s victory on the cross, which opened the door for us to pray to the Father in His name, the Lord has ordained to win mighty victories through the prayers of His people. He has chosen to work through these, which is awe-inspiring. This is why He delights in hearing our voices cry out to Him — because our cry means that we take seriously His choice to work through our prayers and our faith in the victory won by Christ. God rejoices in His intercessors because of the cross!

  1. Christ’s triumph on the cross set in motion the Great Commission by which His kingdom advances worldwide in human hearts.

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor” (Luke 4:18–19).

“And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come” (Matthew 24:14).

Most of our intercession is related to the advance of God’s kingdom in human hearts. Whether we pray for authorities, crises, or people in need, we bring God into the mix of every situation, and His purpose is always to bring people from darkness into His glorious light and to expand His reign in them. He is gathering a people of His own possession that will someday form a multitude from every tribe and nation that no one can count, standing before His throne to worship Him (see Revelation 7:9–10).

That overarching purpose of His reign in people’s hearts until His kingdom is fully established is the backdrop to all our prayers and helps us understand why intercession is essential. All our intercessory prayers fall under what Jesus taught us to pray: “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10).

  1. Christ restored our true identity through His death and resurrection, which includes the mantle of priestly intercession.

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy (1 Peter 2:9–10).

Christ died and rose again so our true identity as people created in the image of God, consecrated to Him, and tasked with the stewardship of creation could be restored. Intercessors know that this restored identity includes the royal mantle of priesthood. A priest is an intermediary between God and man, which beautifully describes intercession. We approach the throne of grace on behalf of others — those who are in need and too overwhelmed to pray, and those who are in darkness and do not know (yet) how to pray.

The call to intercession is a call to the royal priesthood. It is supposed to be a part of every believer’s walk, but He has placed a particular calling on some to stand in the gap with an extra measure of faith, spiritual insight, and passion. You are those people. Chosen, holy, possessed by God, and royal priests serving before His altar in heaven (see Revelation 8:3–5).

Without the blood of Christ shed on the cross, there would be no resurrection. Without the resurrection, there would be no victory over death and Satan. And without victory, there would be no effective intercession.

So thank God this week for His incomparable love that drove Him to become one of us, take on the form of a servant, and subject Himself to the pain and humiliation of the cross so we could become children of the Father and approach His throne with boldness and confidence.

Our love for prayer is the humble and appropriate response to His love for us made visible by Christ’s death and resurrection. May it be a motive to never give up praying!

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Remco Brommet is a pastor, spiritual-growth teacher, and prayer leader with over 40 years of experience in Europe, Southeast Asia, Africa, and the U.S. He was born and raised in the Netherlands and pastored his first church in Amsterdam. He moved to the U.S. in 1986. He and his wife, Jennifer, live north of Atlanta. When not writing books, he blogs at www.deeperlifeblog.com and assists his wife as a 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: Alicia Quan on Unsplash.

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Joan Dinse
April 6, 2023

Praise God. The veil was torn and we have direct access to the Throne .

Janie buckner
April 6, 2023

Thank you for the reminder we are to pray for all people even those who appear to have their hearts set against anything Christian. We are God’s hands and feet on this earth, we must stand strong in his power and be about his business.

Susan Sites
April 5, 2023
mrs. H
April 5, 2023

Great but exhausting article to read.

April 4, 2023

How wonderful that it’s Easter week, the most important Christian holiday!! As we pray and seek God’s face and His will, there will also be God-given opportunities to share Christ. God will be healing ❤️‍🩹 wounded hearts. We’ve been praying through so much lately!!! Every now and then there are political breakthroughs in our country and our world through our prayers. Then we know God is answering and working. Each individual that receives Christ through our prayers is another step to restore the USA. As we talk with people about their Easter plans and share the true meaning of Easter, things on earth get a little better. Praying and speaking up with love and kindness does make a difference. Usually God works slowly and a little bit at a time. We must be faithful and never give up. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 says we should pray without ceasing. That means our hearts and minds are in touch with God all through the day. As we pray then God can show us through those prayers the things we can say and do to touch lives for Jesus. It just comes naturally through Holy Spirit because we’re in touch with God. Be a living walking speaker for Jesus as you go through each day, especially at Eastertime. Praying makes a definite difference for God’s way and will on this earth.

April 4, 2023

Was unable to hear the prayer conference. Listened to Muzak for about thirty minutes past starting time. Then silence 04/04/23

Etta Danielson
April 4, 2023

Thank you Remco and IFA!!

Darlene Estlow
April 4, 2023

Thank you for posting this article. What a blessing!

April 4, 2023

very good! I really like the analogy of intercessors being like the priests of old. Coming on behalf of those who are in need but too overwhelmed to know how to pray. “Standing in the gap with an extra measure of faith, spiritual insight, passion” given through the grace of God to me. A Chosen, Holy, Royal Priesthood, possessed by God. New insight into that verse

Rebecca Thornton
April 4, 2023

This is such an encouraging message! Thank you so much for posting it. I will continue to stand with all IFA intercessors as we pray for our cities, states, the nation and as we pray for revival..

Thank You, Abba, for making a way for all of us to be forgiven and redeemed. Thank You, Jesus, for the sacrifice You made in obedience to Your Father and Your love for all humanity. I’m forever grateful ❤️

Jacquelyn Y. Miller
April 4, 2023

Father, as we pray to You, giving You all the glory and thanks, let us remember that we don’t just pray in words to receive your blessings. It seems that we are praying to You, but are looking for answers from man. It seems that we are just giving you lip service.
Oh, Holy Father, if we would reverence you with the same enthusiasm that we do man, you would be pleased to hear from heaven, forgive our sins , and heal our land. Have mercy upon us!
In Your Dear Son Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Cynthia cunningham
April 4, 2023

I pray to our Father to free our land from evil. Bring back God in our lives and listen to the righteous. I see more and more people praying, praise God for this. Jesus ask the Father to continue to bless our nation and keep our country safe.

Susan CC
April 4, 2023

☦️”Through the blood of Christ, intimacy with the Father was restored, and people like you and me regained direct access to the throne of grace.”

✨” His purpose is always to bring people from darkness into His glorious light and to expand His reign in them.”

🛐”This position of victory over sin and death fuels our prayers with joyous faith, while at the same time infusing them with vigilance, since we know that this defeated enemy still roars and seeks to devour.”

🙏”Abba Father, I thank You for Your incomparable love that drove You to become one of us, to take on the form of a servant, and subject Yourself to the pain and humiliation of the cross so we could become Your children and approach Your throne with boldness and confidence.”

Dear Mr. Brommett, there is so much in this message…I believe it is a Word of God. It is alive and powerful. It is sharp and penetrating. It clarifies that all creation is exposed before the eyes of God, the ONE to whom we are all accountable.
Yes, I too have been praying the Blood of Christ to be applied over all needs.
Yes, I too pray in absolute confidence because of HIS position of victory over sin and death.
Yes, HE fuels my prayers despite the roaring enemy.
Yes, we serve the Most High who came down… to save

Dear Heavenly Father, I pray You will bless Remco Brommet in such abundance. I pray the Blood of Christ will cover him and those who he loves. Lord, You say, “every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God.” We believe this. I pray there are COUNTLESS confessions of faith this Easter Sunday and in the days following may the precious blood of Christ protect each one. Thank you Father for the work of Remco Brommett. I praise You Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen

Lori Meed
April 4, 2023

Remco, thank you again for your clear, thoughtful, and scriptural exhortation. Thank You Father for the Lamb slain before the foundation of the earth, making provision BEFORE we even were created and fell. You are the Covenant Keeper, honoring the blood of Your Son even when we are weak, faithless and inconstant. His blood speaks a better word! Thank you for the LIFE in His blood that speaks over even those that do not know Him yet. We bow before Your throne of grace in humble adoration. Amen.

April 4, 2023

We declare that the sufferings of Christ were not in vain, and HIS BLOOD will never lose its power. Amen.

Liz Milne
April 4, 2023

John 3:16

Kathy Koeneman
April 4, 2023

Thank you for this wonderful message of hope & salvation!!!

April 4, 2023

God bovis good.

Paul Claus
April 4, 2023

It encouraged my heart

Betty Beardsley
April 4, 2023

Heavenly Father, We thank and praise You for creating us and this world. We thank Jesus for willingly coming to earth as a man to redeem us from the sin, sickness & diseases that our sin has brought into the world. Thank You Jesus for laying down Your heavenly dwelling & coming to earth to teach us and show us how we should be living. Thank You for shedding Your blood through the torture You endured in the beating and crucifixion on the cross. Thank You that You gave us back authority over satan and his evil ways that we might live in victory as we were created to live. We know we don’t deserve any of these blessings. They are a gift from You. Help us to share this wonderful gift with others so that they might receive all that You have done for them too. We praise You & thank You for all You have done for us. Amen

Michael Bethel
April 4, 2023

A correction is needed in regards to the use of Easter and its origins.
The Greek word for Resurrection is Anastasis which means to stand up or rise up.
When Martin Luther translated the Bible from Greek to German he translated the Greek word Anastasis to the German Oster which means to rise up. The German word Ostern refers to the rising up of the sun. Likewise William Tyndale translated Anastasis into the old English word Ester for the same reason. (same meaning same roots and where we also get our word East and Eastern for the direction the sun rises).
The fact that some pagan religions worshiped the rising sun and used similar words has nothing to do with the use of this word in the Christian vocabulary.
Your Brother in Christ,

Bill Bray
April 4, 2023

This is solid stuff! Keep up the good work.

April 4, 2023

And our right to be free from satan and his demons:

Psalm 27:

11 Teach me thy way, O Lord, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.

12 Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty.

13 I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.

14 Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.

Maria Fillyaw
April 4, 2023

Dear Jesus thank you for your love for us for your sacrifice may we stand firm and faithful to you and intentionally pray and help others turn to Jesus. We love you God thank you amen

April 4, 2023

I am using this week to rededicate myself to a more committed Faith. Thoughts and prayers as often as possible.

    Susan CC
    April 4, 2023

    Psalm 115:14,18 May the LORD give you increase, both you and your children. May you be blessed by the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth….But it is we who will bless the LORD, both now and forevermore.

    1 Corinthians 3:7 So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.

    Psalm 139:16 …all my days were written in Your book and ordained for me before one of them came to be.

    Luke 17:5 The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”

    2 Corinthians 1:22…placed His seal on us, and put His Spirit in our hearts as a pledge of what is to come.

    Dear God and Father, I pray Your increase for Peter and his loved ones. I pray You, the Maker of Heaven and earth, will bless him into continual praise as he gives You Glory. May Peter understand You will grow him into the days You ordained for him so long ago. All he has to do is ask. He has Lord, increase his faith. I ask this for Your Glory and Peter’s good. I ask this in the Name of The Faithful God, El Emunah, who is our Father and in the Name of Jesus Christ, who is our Savior and in the Name of the Holy Spirit, who is the Seal of Eternity. Amen

Debbie Ervin
April 4, 2023

Hi I received an email about an invation 2 a Bible Study I was that ur group.i cannot find

What time is it & do we have a conference call? I really want 2 plug in. What is the name of the book I need 2 get.? Where do I get it?

Please pray if it is not u I will get another invation email.

    April 4, 2023

    Debbie, Under IFA News articles find the one for March 30, Small Group Study with IFA Leaders. You’ll find the info there for the Zoom call and book. God Bless.


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