Jesus Christ carries on intercession for us in heaven; the Holy Spirit carries on intercession in us on earth; and we the saints have to carry on intercession for all men.
This week’s thoughts by Katherine can be found here: He will Restore What was Taken
In our Christian life, the greatest thing is not our own prayer-life — vital as that is — but the fact that Jesus prays for us.
As I was falling asleep one night, I ‘heard’ the wail and weeping of hundreds of souls in deep travail. I asked God. “Who are these who weep so?” And God answered. “These are the cries of the persecuted church, who intercede for those Christians who live in freedom of faith and take it for granted.” My heart broke.
Each time, before you intercede, be quiet first, and worship God in His glory. Think of what He can do, and how He delights to hear the prayers of His redeemed people. Think of your place and privilege in Christ, and expect great things!
We must move from asking God to take care of the things that are breaking our hearts, to praying about the things that are breaking His heart.
A sense of the need of souls; a Christlike love in the heart; a consciousness of personal impotence; faith in the power of prayer; courage to persevere in spite of refusal; and the assurance of an abundant reward; these are the dispositions that constitute a Christian an intercessor, and call forth the power of prevailing prayer.
What is your perception of God when you pray? Is He inclining His ear toward you, or do you feel as though you have to persuade Him, or trick Him, into listening? If your image of God is that He is interested and delighted in you, your whole prayer life and approach to Him will be changed. You’ll love prayer!
The task is not to get God to do something I think needs done, but to become aware of what God is doing so that I can participate in it.
In our Christian life the greatest thing is not our own prayer-life — vital as that is — but the fact that Jesus prays for us.
If you want to become brilliant in prayer, you have to become really good in conversation with people. You have to care about people. You have to chat to people. You have to connect with people in the messy place where their life is. And it’s in those times when you give yourself to those conversations that compassion can rise up and take hold of you, and your compassion will carry you into intercession properly for someone.