Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Underhill: intercession

Wednesday, April 15, 2020
    And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
    —Ephesians 6:17-18 (KJV)
    You can also offer your prayers, obedience and endurance of dryness to Our Lord, for the good of other souls—and then you have practised intercession. Never mind if it all seems for the time very second-hand. The less you get out of it, the nearer it approaches to being something worth offering—and the humiliation of not being able to feel as devout as we want to be, is excellent for most of us. Use vocal prayer... very slowly trying to realise the meaning with which it is charged and remember that... you are only a unit in the Chorus of the Church and not responsible for a solo part so that the others will make good the shortcomings you cannot help.
    ... Evelyn Underhill (1875-1941), The Letters of Evelyn Underhill, Charles Williams, ed., London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 1991, p. 190 (see the book)
    See also Eph. 6:17-18; Ps. 6:9; Isa. 26:16; Luke 18:1-7; Acts 1:14; 12:5; Rom. 8:26; 12:12; Phil. 4:6; Col. 4:2
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, assist me in prayer.
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