On Intercessory Prayer by Rev. Andrew Murray

​”In answer to the question, ‘But why, if the answer to prayer is so positively promised, why are there such numberless unanswered prayers?’ we find that Christ taught us that the answer depended upon certain conditions. He spoke of faith, of perseverance, of praying in His Name, of praying in the will of God. But all these conditions were summed up in the one central one: “If ye abide in Me, ask whatsoever ye will and it shall be done unto you.” It became clear that the power to pray the effectual prayer of faith depended upon the life. It is only to a man given up to live as entirely in Christ and for Christ as the branch in the vine and for the vine, that these promises can come true. “In that day,” Christ said, the day of Pentecost, “ye shall ask in My Name.” It is only in a life full of the Holy Spirit that the true power to ask in Christ’s Name can be known. This led to the emphasising the truth that the ordinary Christian life cannot appropriate these promises. It needs a spiritual life, altogether sound and vigorous, to pray in power. The teaching naturally led to press the need of a life of entire consecration. More than one has told me how it was in the reading of the book that he first saw what the better life was that could be lived, and must be lived, if Christ’s wonderful promises are to come true to us.”

From “THE MINISTRY OF INTERCESSION A PLEA FOR MORE PRAYER”

BY THE  REV. ANDREW MURRAY WELLINGTON, S. AFRICA. 1898

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