Once again. It is only love that can fit us for the work of intercession.
I have said that love must fit us for our work. 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 on 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 but 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 the heathen, 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 Paul did not tell people to pray for the heathen or the unconverted.
Paul told them to pray for believers. Do make this your first prayer every day: “Lord, bless
Thy 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 it out afresh into you every day. Try to get it into you
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. Do not wait
upon God only for ourselves, or the power to do so will soon be lost; but give ourselves up
to the ministry and the love of intercession, and pray more for God’s people, for God’s
people round about us, for the Spirit of love in ourselves and in them, and for the work of
God we are connected with; and the answer will surely come, and our waiting upon God
will be a source of untold blessing and power. “The fruit of the Spirit is love.”
Have you a lack of love to confess before God? Then make confession and say before
Him, “O Lord, my lack of heart, my lack of love—I confess it.” And then, as you cast that
lack at His feet, believe that the blood cleanses you, that Jesus comes in His mighty, cleansing,
saving power to deliver you, and that He will give His Holy Spirit.
“The fruit of the Spirit is love.”