May 3 Vital Intercession
“Praying always with all prayer
and supplication in the Spiritt.” Ephesians 6:18
As we go on in intercession we may find that our obedience to God is
going to cost other people more than we thought. The danger then is to begin to
intercede in sympathy with those whom God was gradually lifting to a totally
different sphere in answer to our prayers. Whenever we step back from
identification with God’s interest in others into sympathy with them, the vital
connection with God has gone, we have put our sympathy, our consideration for
them in the way, and this is a deliberate rebuke to God.
It is impossible to intercede vitally unless we are perfectly sure of
God, and the greatest dissipator of our relationship to God is personal
sympathy and personal prejudice. Identification is the key to intercession, and
whenever we stop being identified with God, it is by sympathy, not by sin. It
is not likely that sin will interfere with our relationship to God, but sympathy
will, sympathy with ourselves or with others which makes us say – “I will not
allow that thing to happen.” Instantly we are out of vital connection with God.
Intercession leaves you neither time nor inclination to pray for your
own “sad sweet self.” The thought of yourself is not kept out, because it is
not there to keep out; you are completely and entirely identified with God’s
interests in other lives.
Discernment is God’s call to intercession, never to fault finding.