“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).

What a mystery of glory there is in prayer! On the one hand, we see God in His holiness and love and power waiting, longing to bless man; and on the other, sinful man, bringing down from God by prayer the very life and love of heaven to dwell in his heart. But how much greater the glory of intercession when a man makes bold to say to God what he desires for others, and seeks to bring down on one soul, or hundreds and thousands, the power of the eternal life with all its blessings.

Intercession! Would one not say that this is the holiest exercise of our boldness as God’s children, the highest privilege and enjoyment connected with our communion with God—the power of being used by God as instruments for His great work of making men His habitation and showing forth His glory? Would one not think that the church would count this one of the chief means of grace, and seek above everything to cultivate in God’s children the power of an unceasing prayerfulness on behalf of a perishing world? Would one not expect that believers, who have been brought into the secret, would feel what strength there is in unity, and what assurance there is that God will certainly avenge His own elect who cry day and night to Him?

It is when Christians cease from looking for help in external union, and aim at all being bound together to the throne of God by an unceasing devotion to Jesus Christ, and an unceasing continuance in supplication for the power of God’s Spirit, that the church will put on her beautiful garments, and put on her strength, too, and overcome the world.

Adapted from Daily Secrets of Christian Living