My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers | Intercessory Prayer

…men always ought to pray and not lose heart. —Luke 18:1


You cannot truly intercede through prayer if you do not believe in the reality of redemption. Instead, you will simply be turning intercession into useless sympathy for others, which will serve only to increase the contentment they have for remaining out of touch with God. True intercession involves bringing the person, or the circumstance that seems to be crashing in on you, before God, until you are changed by His attitude toward that person or circumstance. Intercession means to “fill up…[with] what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ” (Colossians 1:24), and this is precisely why there are so few intercessors. People describe intercession by saying, “It is putting yourself in someone else’s place.” That is not true! Intercession is putting yourself in God’s place; it is having His mind and His perspective.

As an intercessor, be careful not to seek too much information from God regarding the situation you are praying about, because you may be overwhelmed. If you know too much, more than God has ordained for you to know, you can’t pray; the circumstances of the people become so overpowering that you are no longer able to get to the underlying truth.

Our work is to be in such close contact with God that we may have His mind about everything, but we shirk that responsibility by substituting doing for interceding. And yet intercession is the only thing that has no drawbacks, because it keeps our relationship completely open with God.What we must avoid in intercession is praying for someone to be simply “patched up.” We must pray that person completely through into contact with the very life of God. Think of the number of people God has brought across our path, only to see us drop them! When we pray on the basis of redemption, God creates something He can create in no other way than through intercessory prayer.


God created man to be master of the life in the earth and sea and sky, and the reason he is not is because he took the law into his own hands, and became master of himself, but of nothing else.  The Shadow of an Agony, 1163 L

Bible in One Year: Hosea 12-14; Revelation 4

Source: My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers


2 thoughts on “My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers | Intercessory Prayer

  1. Everyone want’s to e understood, yet we neglect to see people the way God sees them. If someone says they are praying for you have they truly gone the extra mile and taken it before God…do they see you the way God sees you, do they understand you? If we do not take it before God our prayers are just full of pity and empathy,empty and void of understanding. This is not the love of God but rather the love of piety. Our prayers need to be in accord to what God sees and not our own understanding. Do you see your spouse the way God sees them do you understand them the way God does or do you feel sorry for them?


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