The Gift of an Intercessory Spirit
“… With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” (Ephesians 6:18 NIV)
Do you know what the hardest and the most important work is that has to be done for this sinful world? It is the work of intercession, the work of going to God and taking time to lay hold of Him.
A man may be an earnest Christian, an earnest minister, and a man may do good, but alas! how often he has to confess that he knows little of what it is to tarry with God. May God give us the great gift of an intercessory spirit, a spirit of prayer and supplication! Let me ask you in the name of Jesus not to let a day pass without praying for all saints, and for all God’s people.
I find there are Christians who think little of that. I find there are prayer unions where they pray for the members, and not for all believers. I pray you take time to pray for the Church of Christ. It is right to pray for [unbelievers], as I have already said. God help us to pray more for them. It is right to pray for missionaries and for evangelistic work and for the unconverted. But [the apostle] Paul did not tell people to pray for the … unconverted. Paul told them to pray for believers. Do make this your first prayer every day: “Lord, bless They saints everywhere.”
The state of Christ’s Church is indescribably low. Plead for God’s people that He would visit them, plead for each other, plead for all believers who are trying to work for God. Let love fill your heart. Ask Christ to pour fresh love into you everyday. Try to grasp, by the Holy Spirit of God: I am separated unto the Holy Spirit, and the fruit of the Spirit is love. God help us to understand it.
May God grant that we learn day by day to wait more quietly upon Him. We must not wait upon God only for ourselves, or the power to do so will soon be lost. But, we must give ourselves up to the ministry and the love of intercession, and pray more for God’s people in general, and for God’s people around us, for the Spirit of love in ourselves and in them, and for the work of God we are connected with. The answer will surely come, and our waiting upon God will be a source of untold blessing and power.
-Andrew Murray (excerpted and adapted from Absolute Surrender)
Let’s not just pray for ourselves. Let’s pray for others going through our same struggle. Even the strongest Christian needs prayer.
Read Ephesians 6:18-24.