Spurgeon on Intercessory Prayer

“Pray one for another.” 
— James 5:16

As an encouragement cheerfully to offer intercessory prayer, remember that such prayer is the sweetest God ever hears, for the prayer of Christ is of this character. In all the incense which our Great High Priest now puts into the golden censer, there is not a single grain for himself. His intercession must be the most acceptable of all supplications—and the more like our prayer is to Christ’s, the sweeter it will be; thus while petitions for ourselves will be accepted, our pleadings for others, having in them more of the fruits of the Spirit, more love, more faith, more brotherly kindness, will be, through the precious merits of Jesus, the sweetest oblation that we can offer to God, the very fat of our sacrifice.

Remember, again, that intercessory prayer is exceedingly prevalent. What wonders it has wrought! The Word of God teems with its marvellous deeds.

Believer, thou hast a mighty engine in thy hand, use it well, use it constantly, use it with faith, and thou shalt surely be a benefactor to thy brethren. When thou hast the King’s ear, speak to him for the suffering members of his body. When thou art favoured to draw very near to his throne, and the King saith to thee, “Ask, and I will give thee what thou wilt,” let thy petitions be, not for thyself alone, but for the many who need his aid.

If thou hast grace at all, and art not an intercessor, that grace must be small as a grain of mustard seed. Thou hast just enough grace to float thy soul clear from the quicksand, but thou hast no deep floods of grace, or else thou wouldst carry in thy joyous bark a weighty cargo of the wants of others, and thou wouldst bring back from thy Lord, for them, rich blessings which but for thee they might not have obtained

Desperate Need

I am desperately in need of God today.

I need His abiding presence to comfort and shield me, to be my refuge.

I need His strength to help me stand, because I feel so weak.

I need His wisdom to help me figure out my priorities today. There is so much to do, and so little time, and surely what feels like so little energy…how am I supposed to get it all done? I’m not smart enough to figure this out on my own. I need God’s wisdom to help me.

I need God’s grace today. Apart from remembering and receiving His grace, I’ll think that today is all about me. It is not all about me. It is all about the magnificent grace of God, poured out on me through Jesus’ atoning blood and poured into me through the ongoing work of the Holy Spirit. It is all about the grace that saved me, and the grace that keeps me. I need God’s grace today.

There are so many other things that I need today: patience, joy, perseverance, understanding, self-control, diligence, peace, confidence, a sense of worth, a sense of purpose…the list goes on.

There is only One Who can fill these needs, and do so completely, so exhaustively, perpetually, generously…eternally.

“I need Thee, oh, I need Thee;
Every hour I need Thee.
Oh, bless me now, my Saviour,
I come to Thee.”