(a) the redemptive gift or gifts of the city; (b) Satan's strongholds in the city; (c) territorial spirits assigned to the city; (d) corporate sin past and present that needs to be dealt with; and (e) God's plan of attack and timing.
Some of the key players in a well -developed warfare prayer strategy for a city will be intercessors. If the work is going to be done well, gifted intercessors need to be identified, encouraged and released to stand in the gap.
Every Christian has a role of prayer in general and intercession in particular. But God has chosen some Christians and given them a special gift of intercession.
If this sounds strange, just compare it to the role that every christian has to be a witness, but only a small number have received a spiritual gift of evangelist.
The whole body cannot be an eye, only some of the members are supposed to be.
I describe the gift of intercession in my book Your Spiritual Gifts Can Help Your Church Grow I list it as one of the 27 gifts, but I freely admit it is one that has no direct biblical statement as a gift. Although some may disagree with me, I am certain enough such a gift exists. (This book can be purchased for $.01 + postage of $3.99, paperback or hardcover)
Cindy Jacobs characterizes intercessors as those who act as enforcers of God's will on earth. God has chosen that His will be done through our asking and taking dominion. She says,
"Through our taking dominion over the works of Satan in the
earth and praying in the name of our King, we establish His
will on earth as it is in heaven."
[p. 56 in Possessing the Gates of the Enemy, (Tarrytown, NY: Chosen Books, 1991).
Intercessors are found in almost every church, and certainly in every city with a reasonable number of churches. Very few pastors are also intercessors.
Therefore both pastors and intercessors are needed to pray effectively for a city. The pastors function largely in an authority role and intercessors function largely in a prophetic role. They hear from God, and can communicate this to others.
They should be formed into a group to harmonize, encourage and hold each other accountable. Through them and also through the pastors and other lay Christians, those who are praying for the city should seek God's revelation of several things:.."
[These will be given in upcoming posts]
(Google image and my emphasis added)
#105 Rule #6: The Intercessors
By C. Peter Wagner
(pp. 173-175) Regal Books