“I have posted watchmen on your walls, Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night. You who call on the Lord, give yourselves no rest, and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth” (Isaiah 62:6-7).

Watchmen are ordinarily placed on the walls of a city to give notice to the rulers of coming danger. God appoints watchmen not only to warn men—often they will not hear—but also to summon Him to come to their aid, whenever need or enemy may be threatening. The great mark of the intercessors is to be that they are not to hold their peace day or night, to take no rest, and to give God no rest, until the deliverance comes. In faith, they may count on the assurance that God will answer their prayers.

There is little proof of God’s presence and power in the conversion of sinners or the holiness of His people. With the great majority of Christians, there is neglect of Christ’s call to take part in the extension of His kingdom. The power of the Holy Spirit is but little experienced. Amid all the discussions as to what can be done to interest young and old in the study of God’s Word, or to awaken love for the services of His house, one hears but little of the indispensable necessity of the power of the Holy Spirit.

Lack of prayer causes the workings of the Holy Spirit to be feeble, and only by united fervent prayer can change be brought about. If ever there was a time when God’s elect should cry day and night to Him, it is now. Will you not offer yourself to God for this blessed work of intercession and learn to count it the highest privilege of your life, to be a channel through whose prayers God’s blessing can be brought down to earth?

Adapted from Daily Secrets of Christian Living