[b]The Blessedness of a Life of Intercession[/b]
[i]Ye that are the Lords remembrancers, take ye no rest and give Him no rest, till He make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.Isaiah 62:6-7[/i]
What an unspeakable grace it is to be allowed to deal with God in intercession for the supply of the need of others!
What a blessing, in close union with Christ, to take part in His great work as Intercessor and to mingle my prayers with His! What an honor to have power with God in heaven over souls and to obtain for them what they do not know or think!
What a privilege, as a steward of the grace of God, to bring to Him the state of the Church or of individual souls, of the nearby ministers of the Word or His messengers far away in heathendom, and plead on their behalf till He entrusts me with the answer!
What blessedness, in union with other children of God, to strive together in prayer until the victory is gained over difficulties here on earth or over the powers of darkness in high places!
It is indeed worth living for, to know that God will use me as an intercessor to receive and dispense here on earth His heavenly blessing and, above all, the power of His Holy Spirit.
This is in very deed the life of heaven: the life of the Lord Jesus Himself, in His self-denying love, taking possession of me and urging me to yield myself wholly to bear the burden of souls before Him and to plead that they may live.
To long have we thought of prayer simply as a means for the supplying of our own needs in life and service. May God help us to see what a place of intercession takes in His divine [i]counsel[/i] and in His work for the [i]kingdom[/i]. And may our hearts indeed feel that there is no honor or blessedness on earth at all equal to the unspeakable privilege of waiting upon Godbringing down from heaven and opening the way on earth for the blessing He delights to give!
[i]O my Father, let Thy life indeed flow down to this earth and fill the hearts of Thy children! As the Lord Jesus pours out His love in His unceasing intercession in heaven, let it even be thus with us also upon eartha life of overflowing love and never-ending intercession. Amen. [/i]
The Secret of Intercession by Andrew Murray, Day 13
This blessed me so much last night as I was reading it. Oh, to really intercede for souls
I find I have so much to learn in the area of prayer. Lord teach us to pray!