Every morning I sit here and look at an ever growing list of names on my prayer list. Some of the names are of family, some are close and dear friends. Others are names that have no faces in my mind. Each of those names represents a need of some sort. Mostly the needs are not known to me. But God knows. And that is all that is important. Well, not really. Another very important thing is that each day, those names are carried to God’s ear in prayer by me. Not that I have any more sway in His throne room than anyone else, but it’s my obedience that makes a difference.
Intercessory prayer is one of the most important parts of a Christian’s life.
In 1818, a Scottish poet and hymn writer by the name of James Montgomery (1771-1884) wrote a poem entitled, “Prayer is the Soul’s Sincere Desire.”
Unuttered or expressed;
The motion of a hidden fire
That trembles in the breast.
The falling of a tear
The upward glancing of an eye,
When none but God is near.
That infant lips can try;
Prayer, the sublimest strains
That reach The Majesty on high.
The Christian’s native air,
His watchword at the gates of death;
He enters Heav’n with prayer.
Returning from his ways,
While angels in their songs rejoice
And cry, “Behold, he prays!”
In word, in deed, and mind,
While with the Father and the Son
Sweet fellowship they find.
The Holy Spirit pleads,
And Jesus, on th’eternal throne,
For sinners intercedes.
The Life, the Truth, the Way,
The path of prayer Thyself hast trod:
Lord, teach us how to pray.