Evening, February 6, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening

“Pray one for another.” — James 5:16

As an cheerful encouragement to offer intercessory prayer, remember that such prayer is the most precious God ever hears, for the prayer of Christ is of this nature. 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 prayers—and the more our prayer is like Christ’s, the sweeter it will be. Therefore, while petitions for ourselves will be accepted, our pleading for others — that they have in them more of the fruits of the Spirit, more love, more faith, more brotherly kindness —  will be, through the precious excellency of Jesus, the sweetest offering that we can present to God, the richest of our sacrifices. Remember, again, that intercessory prayer is exceedingly effective. What wonders it has fashioned! The Word of God teems with its marvelous deeds. Believer, you have a mighty engine in your hand, use it well, use it constantly, use it with faith, and you shall surely be a benefactor to your brethren. When you have the King’s ear, speak to him for the suffering members of his body. When you are favored to draw very near to his throne, and the King says to you, “Ask, and I will give you what you will,” let your petitions be, not for yourself alone, but for the many who need his aid. If you have any grace at all, but you are not an intercessor, that grace must be small as a grain of mustard seed. You may have just enough grace to float your soul clear from the quicksand, but you have no deep floods of grace, or else you would carry in your joyous sailing ship a weighty cargo of the needs of others, and you would bring back for them from your Lord rich blessings which, but for you, they might not have obtained:

“Oh, let my hands forget their skill,

My tongue be silent, cold, and still,

This bounding heart forget to beat,

If I forget the mercy-seat!”