Technically, intercession is not prayer at all. Intercession itself describes the act whereby someone “Goes or passes in between; to act between parties with a view to reconcile those who differ or contend; to interpose; to mediate or make intercession; mediation” Webster’s Dictionary.
Webster’s defines “mediate” as “between two extremes; to interpose between parties as the equal friend of each; to negotiate between persons at variance with a view to reconciliation; to mediate a peace; intercession.”
In its simplest form to intercede means “to take the place of another; to stand on someone else’s behalf.”
The greatest work of intercession of course was the cross. Jesus took our place, reconciling us to the Father. Not only did He come and represent God to man, He was also the representative of mankind. It is through His work of intercession that we can now pray prayers of intercession.
“For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus,” (1 Tim 2:5 NKJV)
Through Christ’s intercession the world was reconciled unto God, demon powers were broken, sickness healed, creation redeemed etc. Our prayers of intercession are only an extension of His work of intercession. Through our prayers of intercession we establish and distribute the results of Jesus perfect work of intercession. This is what gives great confidence to the intercessor on the earth. The work of salvation and deliverance is complete. Nothing is left undone. We, through our believing prayer, release the application of what has already been done in Christ.
Our work of intercessory prayer here on earth is a partnership with the Great Intercessor in Heaven, Jesus Christ. Together we establish His victory. Our prayers of intercession release His work of intercession, making it effectual here in the earth and in our generation.