Preparation for Prayer, Intercession and Prophetic Ministry By Beth Auman and JoBeth Kested

Presented on 6/1/23 on Glory Risers Empowerment with Pastor Briana Clark by Beth Auman – Click here:

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Praying, interceding, prophesying, and laying on of hands is exciting. It is an honor granted to us by Abba and is one of the most weighty things that we can ever endeavor to do; ministering to see people encouraged, healed and set free. Yeshua is our chief intercessor and example to follow. All gifts flow from His throne for the “shalom” (peace, wholeness, wellness) of His chosen people. We are privileged to minister to those whom He loves at His altar.


Abba, we lay ourselves down in subjection to Your authority, in Yeshua’s name. We ask for forgiveness for anytime that we have attempted to minister by leaning unto our own understanding, rather than  relying upon Your anointing. Please “Vav” (divinely connect) us to Your heart! We choose to enter into Yeshua’s prayer for us. Make us “echad” (one) as You and Yeshua are One. Lead, guide, guard, protect and provide for each and every one of us; that You will receive all the glory. Amen.

“I am not asking on behalf of these alone, but also for those who believe in Me through their word, that they may all be one; just as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.”John 17:20-21 NASB

The word weighty in Hebrew is the verb “kabed.” The basic meaning of “kabed” is, “to be heavy, being burdened, having importance.” It can also have the broader meaning of, “being weighty, prestigious, honored and to be glorified.” Becoming a worthy vessel for the anointing of the Holy Spirit is a weighty responsibility and must be handled with honor; not to be presumed or taken for granted.

Hear the word of the Lord, you who tremble [with awe-filled reverence] at His word: “Let the Lord be glorified, that we may see your joy.” Isaiah 66:5 AMP

Another Hebrew word “kavod “ indicates worth and value, and results in praise. Glory in Hebrew should be seen as abounding in honor and reverence, almost to a degree that it is terrifying. Exodus 24:17 is a  prime example of this “terrifying glory”

“Now the appearance of the glory of the LORD was like a devouring fire on the top of the mountain in the sight of the people of Israel.” Exodus 24:17 NASB

Taking a moment to consider the weightiness and responsibility of prayer, intercession and laying on of hands is vital before charging ahead. Remember, fools rush in and we truly never want to stand before Yeshua on that day when we enter into eternity to hear, “I never knew you.”

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ Matthew 7:21-23 NKJV

How then do we guard ourselves? It begins with submitting ourselves unto the LORD. We want to live a life of intercession before Yeshua, in His presence, because only then are we able to befilled to overflowing with His Holy Spirit and ready to pour out from the overflow. When we live a submitted life unto the LORD with our hearts yielded to His, we then gain the authority enabling us to resist the devil, knowing he will flee.

“So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.” James 4:7-8,10 NLT

Definition of Intercession

The word intercession comes from a Greek word “paga.”

Lexicon : Strong’s H6293

intercession; to encounter, meet, reach, entreat, to intercede


to meet, light upon, join

to meet (of kindness)

to encounter, fall upon (of hostility)

to encounter, entreat (of request)

to strike, touch (of boundary)

(Hi Phil)

  1. to cause to light upon
  2. to cause to entreat
  3. to make entreaty, interpose
  4. to make attack
  5. to reach the mark

The Weapons of our Warfare

The Armor of God

It is important to know how to appropriate our armor and the weapons we have been given in

Ephesians 6:11-18.

“Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist on the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore,

having belted your waist with truth,

having put on the breastplate of righteousness,

having strapped on your feet the preparation of the gospel of peace;

taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming

arrows of the evil one,

take the helmet of salvation,

and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

With every prayer and request, pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be

alert with all perseverance and every request for all the saints,” NASB

We will be known by our fruit!

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them. Matthew 7:15-20 NKJV

Boundaries and Character Weapons

Boundaries are vital with Abba; and the establishment of a clear boundary around each of us, individually as well as corporately, is a must in every ministry circumstance. Less recognized as critical weapons in spiritual warfare, is the importance of our character.

And He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, that they would seek God, if perhaps they might feel around for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; Acts 17:26-27 NASB

  1. God is love. The first boundary that we must not violate is love. The banner of God’s love must be over us and all we do. If love is not present, then the anointing that is in operation is false. Either you will be a tree that produces loving, good fruit or a bad tree that produces bad fruit. Rest assured though, if the boundary of love is violated, the fruit will be bad, and the words that are spoken over someone will produce bad fruit.

He has brought me to his banquet hall, And his banner over me is love. Song of Solomon 2:4 NASB

“But the goal of our instruction is love [which springs] from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.” 1 Timothy 1:5 AMP

“If I speak with the tongues of mankind and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and know all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.” I Corinthians  13:1-2 NASB

  1. Humility always overcomes the temptations of pride.

“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” I Peter 5:6-8 NKJV

  1. Mercy with compassion is welcoming to the the presence of the Holy Spirit. “For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.” James 2:13 NKJV

“Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.” 1 Chronicles 16:34 NKJV

  1. Truth always exposes and repels the lies and deceptions of the enemy. You have given a banner to those who fear You, That it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah Psalm 60:4 NASB

“Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32 NKJV

  1. Obedience – Partial obedience is disobedience. What happened when Saul only partially obeyed the Lord? Samuel’s response to Saul’s deception and disobedience: “Samuel replied, “What is more pleasing to the Lord: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams. Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft, and stubbornness as bad as worshiping idols. So because you have rejected the command of the Lord,he has rejected you as king.” 1 Sam 15:22 NLT

Minister from a Pure Heart

We must make sure that our hands are clean and our hearts are pure in order to receive everything that God has for us from His Holy Spirit. He will freely give us the things that we need to know in order to minister to anyone in any situation.

The earth is the LORD’S, and all it contains, The world, and those who live in it For He has founded it upon the seas And established it upon the rivers Who may ascend onto the hill of the LORD? And who may stand in His holy place One who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to deceit And has not sworn deceitfully He will receive a blessing from the LORD And righteousness from the God of his salvation. Psalm 24:2-5

Therefore, if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there you remember that your brother has something against you, leave your offering there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering. Matthew 5:23-24 NASB

Surrendered to the Holy Spirit

We must be ones that are led by the Holy Spirit and we must be reliant upon the attributes of the Holy Spirit.

The Ruach of ADONAI will rest upon Him, the Spirit of wisdom and insight, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of ADONAI. Isaiah 11:2 TLV

Wisdom – discerning what God wants to do in this situation

Insight – divine perspective beyond our own understanding

Counsel – Holy Spirit’s instructions of what we need to do and how to do it

Might – becoming a yielded vessel for the power of God to manifest

Spirit of knowledge – supernatural revelation beyond what we could know

Fear of the Lord – totally dependent upon the Lord and all glory is unto the Lord!

Yeshua came to destroy the works of the devil and to destroy the works of destruction in people’s lives. He is the Great Intercessor and all truly anointed prayers of intercession must flow from His heart of love. When we flow in the anointing of the Holy Spirit and have the privilege to pray for people, we must trust Him to show us how He wants to expose, unravel anddestroy the enemy’s entrapment in people’s  lives.

“Therefore He [Jesus] is able also to save to the uttermost (completely, perfectly, finally, and for all time and eternity) those who come to God through Him, since He is always living to make petition to God and intercede with Him and intervene for them. [Here is] the High Priest [perfectly adapted] to our needs, as was fitting–holy, blameless, unstained by sin, separated from sinners, and exalted higher than the heavens.” Hebrews 7:25-26 AMP

The person being prayed for has a responsibility to receive what Abba is doing and the way that He is doing it. Sometimes healing and deliverance are instant and sometimes it’s a process. Many people have much to work through and we are a part of that process. The moment that you step beyond the Holy Spirit’s boundary of instruction to pray or instruct from your own selfperceptions, you can cause harm. We do not want to cause any more harm to a person seeking the LORD in prayer ministry.

Resisting the spirit of the World

We cannot charge into prayer leaning on our own understanding, relying on how we have prayed or seen answered prayers from ministry in the past. That is operating in the spirit of the world. We do not want to be attempting ministry in the spirit of the world! The spirit of the world is performance, competition, comparison, seeking validation from the approval of man. It is entertainment. It says, “Look at me, see how I pray!” “Look how anointed I am!” It is “I, me, me, me;” which is an anti-Christ spirit. It is a  fleshly spirit of the world and we must give it no opportunity in us.

Now we have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God. 1 Corinthians 2:12 NASB

Scriptural Instructions for Laying on of Hands

  1. Caution, do not rush to minister in haste.

Do not lay hands upon anyone too quickly and thereby share responsibility for the sins of others; keep yourself free from sin. 1 Timothy 5:22 NASB

  1.  Minister from a fresh anointing in the gifts God has given you. Don’t rely on old manna; what worked yesterday or last year.

For this reason I remind you to kindle afresh the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 2 Timothy 1:6 NASB

  1. Minister from the uniqueness of who God has created and anointed you to be. No need to imitate or to copy others!

Do not neglect the spiritual gift within you, which was granted to you through words of prophecy with the laying on of hands by the council of elders. 1 Timothy 4:14 NASB

The PIT Crew Strategy for Intercessors

JoBeth is my longtime friend and writing partner. We have interceded on many teams; strategically prayed, prophesied and been well formed arrows in Abba’s hand, hitting our targets. We have seen people set free, healed, employed and delivered. It happens because we have learned to rely on each other’s unique strategic anointing. When praying together we clearly hear Abba’s voice, to then declare, decree, perform prophetic acts and then watch Abba’s faithfulness to do what only He can do. Because…HE IS GOOD!!

The PIT Crew Strategy:

In the same way that a race car driver requires a pit crew to provide the essential maintenance, refueling and repairs to run the race, a visionary leader needs a PIT Crew (Prayer and Intercession Team) for strategic spiritual warfare in order to run the race to accomplish their God-given, Kingdom vision in ministry or the marketplace.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us layaside every weight, and  the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,” Hebrews 12:1 NKJV

PIT is an acronym for Prayer and Intercession Teams; as well as Prayer and Intercession Training. If you have ever watched a NASCAR car race or the Indy 500, you would have noticed the critical position of importance a pit crew has in the outcome of a race. Each person in a pit crew team has unique talents and skills, yet they have learned the importance of working together in unity to accomplish their goal for their car to win the race. Spiritually cars always represent ministry and Jesus is who we are working for to be glorified in every ministry opportunity.

For every ministry team there is a vision. There is a leader or leaders and it is their responsibility to pray and see that each person is operating in the right position. It is the responsibility of each one who has accepted a position to walk and minister to in unity; to align and flow with the vision, not impose their own vision. Each time that we begin planning for ministry encounters,there will be opportunities to flow  in our giftings. Each one is just as vital as the others, but just the same as in a pit crew, we need to have  every post covered. Prayer and intercession ministry is no place for competition or attempting to copy how anyone else is ministering. We must remember that the works that we are putting our hand to is for the glory of Adonai alone. Your gifts will make room for you. (Proverbs 18:16)

Important questions to always ask

  1. LORD, where are you and what are you doing in this situation?
  2. Where is the enemy and what is he doing?
  3. How do you want me to pray?

We are promised by Yeshua in Matthew 16:17-18 that these signs will accompany those who have believed. Correct alignment with the Holy Spirit, knowing our place, our boundaries and weapons of warfare is vital. And, making sure that we have clean hands and pure hearts to minister with love, humility, mercy, truth and obedience before Him.

These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not harm them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” Matthew 16:17-18

“Let everything you do be done in love (true love to God and man as inspired by God’s love for us).” 1 Corinthians 16:14 AMPC 


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