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Thursday, May 3, 2012

My Utmost For His Highest : "Vital Intercession"


May 3, 2012


Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the

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.

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