“Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, ‘Abba, Father’” (Galatians 4:6).

We know what “Abba, Father” meant in the mouth of Christ in Gethsemane. It was the entire surrender of Himself to the very death that the holy will of God’s love in redemption of sinners might be accomplished. In His prayer, He was ready for any sacrifice, even to the yielding of His life. That prayer reveals to us the heart of Him whose place is at the right hand of God, with the wonderful power of intercession that He exercises there, and the power to pour down the Holy Spirit. It is to breathe the very spirit of His Son into our hearts that the Holy Spirit has been bestowed by the Father.

Our Lord would have us yield ourselves as wholly to God as He did; to pray like Him, that God’s will of love should be done on earth at any cost. As God’s love is revealed in His desire for the salvation of souls, so the desire of Jesus was made plain when He gave Himself for us. And He now asks His people that the same love should fill them, too, so that they might give themselves wholly to the work of intercession, and pray down God’s love upon the perishing. And lest anyone should think this is too high and beyond our reach, the Holy Spirit of Jesus is actually given into our hearts that we may pray in His likeness, in His name, and in His power.

It is the man who yields himself to the leading of the Holy Spirit who will feel urged, by the compulsion of a divine love, to the undivided surrender to a life of continual intercession, because he knows that it is God who is working in him. Now we can understand how Christ could give such unlimited promises of answer to prayer to His disciples; they were first going to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Now we understand how God can give such a high place to intercession in the fulfillment of His purpose of redemption; it is the Holy spirit who breathes God’s own desire into us and enables us to intercede for souls.

Adapted from Daily Secrets of Christian Living