The Lord has recently put on my heart this new year the beautiful gift of intercession 🙂 Just wanted to share this quote with everyone as thought it was beautiful:
Quote from Standing in the Gap by Andrew Murray Chapter 1
‘What a mystery of glory there is in prayer! On the one hand we see God in His holiness, love, and power waiting and longing to bless man. On the other hand there is sinful man, a worm of the dust, bringing down from God by prayer the very life and love of heaven to dwell in his heart.
But the glory of intercession is so much greater – when a man is bold and asks from God what he desires for others. He seeks to bring to one soul, or maybe hundreds and thousands, the power of the eternal life with all its blessings.
Intercession! Surely this is the very holiest exercise of our boldness as God’s children? It is the highest privilege and enjoyment connected to our communion with God. It is the power of being used by God as an instrument for His great work of making people His dwelling place and showing forth His glory.
Surely the church should count intercession as one of the chief means of grace? The church should seek, above everything else, to cultivate in God’s children the power of an unceasing prayerfulness on behalf of the perishing world.
Believers who have to some extent been brought into the secret should know what strength there is in unity. And what assurance there is that God will avenge His people who cry to Him day and night.
It is only when Christians stop looking for help in external union and bind together as one to the throne of God through an unceasing devotion to Jesus Christ and an unceasing continuance in supplication for the power of God’s Spirit, that the church will put on her beautiful garments and her strength, too, and overcome the world.’
The prayer afterwards –
Our Gracious Father,
Hear our prayer and teach Your church, and each of us, what is the glory, what is the blessing, what is the all prevailing power of intercession. We pray that you will give us the vision of what intercession means to You, so that we might carry out Your blessed purpose – what it means to ourselves as the exercise of your royal priesthood, and what it will mean to Your church, and to perishing men, in the bringing down of the Spirit in power – for Jesus’ sake. Amen.