For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds. (2 Corinthians 10:3-4)

Intercede for your friends. Plead with Christ on their account; mention their names in your constant prayer, set apart special times in which you plead with God for them.

Let your dear sister’s case ring in the ears of the Mediator’ let your dear child’s name be repeated again and again in your intercessions.

As Abraham pleaded for Ishmael, so let your cry come up for those who are round about you, that the Lord would be pleased to visit them in his mercy.

Intercession is a true bringing of souls to Christ, and this means will avail when you are shut out from employing any other.

Here is a valuable weapon for those who cannot preach or teach; they can wield the sword of all-prayer. When hearts are too hard for sermons, and good advice is rejected, it still remains in love to be allowed to plead with God for its wayward ones.

Tears and weeping are prevalent at the mercy seat, and if we prevail there, the Lord will be sure to manifest his prevailing grace obdurate spirits. ((Charles SpurgeonAt the Master’s Feet [Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2005], August 27.))

Charles Spurgeon

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