Oswald Chambers

Vital Intercession

praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit‭…‬  EPHESIANS 6:18
As we continue on in our intercession for others,‭ ‬we may find that our obedience to God in interceding is going to cost those for whom we intercede more than we ever thought.‭ ‬The danger in this is that we begin to intercede in sympathy with those whom God was gradually lifting up to a totally different level in direct answer to our prayers.‭ ‬Whenever we step back from our close identification with God’s interest and concern for others and step into having emotional sympathy with them,‭ ‬the vital connection with God is gone.‭ ‬We have then put our sympathy and concern for them in the way,‭ ‬and this is a deliberate rebuke to God.
It is impossible for us to have living and vital intercession unless we are perfectly and completely sure of God.‭ ‬And the greatest destroyer of that confident relationship to God,‭ ‬so necessary for intercession,‭ ‬is our own personal sympathy and preconceived bias.‭ ‬Identification with God is the key to intercession,‭ ‬and whenever we stop being identified with Him it is because of our sympathy with others,‭ ‬not because of sin.‭ ‬It is not likely that sin will interfere with our intercessory relationship with God,‭ ‬but sympathy will.‭ ‬It is sympathy with ourselves or with others that makes us say,‭ “‬I will not allow that thing to happen.‭” ‬And instantly we are out of that vital connection with God.
Vital intercession leaves you with neither the time nor the inclination to pray for your own‭ “‬sad and pitiful self.‭” ‬You do not have to struggle to keep thoughts of yourself out,‭ ‬because they are not even there to be kept out of your thinking.‭ ‬You are completely and entirely identified with God’s interests and concerns in other lives.‭ ‬God gives us discernment in the lives of others to call us to intercession for them,‭ ‬never so that we may find fault with them. From My Utmost for His Highest Updated Edition
We must keep ourselves in touch,‭ ‬not with theories,‭ ‬but with people,‭ ‬and never get out of touch with human beings,‭ ‬if we are going to use the word of God skilfully amongst them.
from Workmen of God,‭ ‬1341‭ ‬L

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