HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 1 John 2:1
We are used to reading in the Bible of one intercessor, and of one advocacy. But the believer has two courts with which prayer has to do.
- In the court below, where prayer is offered, the Spirit is his intercessor.
- In the court above, where prayer is presented, Jesus is his intercessor.
Then, what an honoured, what a privileged man, is the praying man! On earth—the lower court—he has a counsellor instructing him for what he should pray, and how he should order his suit. In heaven—the higher court—he has an advocate presenting to God each petition as it ascends, separating from it all that is ignorant, sinful, and weak, and pleading for its gracious acceptance, and asking for its full bestowment. Here, then, is our vast encouragement in prayer. The inditing of the Spirit—the intercessor of the earth—are always in agreement with the mind of God.
In prayer, we need just such a divine counsellor.
Is it a temporal blessing that we crave? We need to be taught how to graduate our request to our necessity, and how to shape our necessity to our heavenly calling… And this is the limit, “Having food and clothing, let us be therewith content” (1 Timothy 6:8)
But with regard to spiritual blessings, our grant is unlimitable, our requests may be boundless. “Ask what you will,” is the broad, unrestricted warrant…
With such an intercessor in the court on earth—so divine, so loving, and so sympathizing—and with such an intercessor in the court in heaven—so powerful, so eloquent, and so successful, “let us come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).
In these days we need to pray ceaselessly before God night and day until the answer arrived. I love to read Daniel chapter 10 and that is what prayer should be to the believer. You never cease to pray for the answer is awaiting you. However, you have to pray in faith and believe that God hears and answers prayer.