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by Norman P. Grubb

This priesthood—intercession may take a multitude of different forms in the originality of the Intercessor— Spirit in us and by us. But it now means a commission no longer in ignor¬ance of the fact that I am an interces¬sor. I am grabbed by some involvement in God’s saving purpose, maybe starting in one life and on to many. There It is. I can’t help it. I am “in it to win it”, to use my friend Roy Putnam’s phrase. This is my Spirit—given commission mission, small or great, which may last long or short until it has been gained. It may be as “simple” as one mother of a missionary I knew, Mrs. Scholes, both a widow and blind, who so gladly gave her only child, her son Jack, to be a pioneer missionary in the Congo. When she became blind (in the days before state support in Britain of such a con¬dition), and her friends said her son must come home to care for her, here was her reply, “His homecoming is just what would kill mel My life is in Jack taking Jesus to the Africans”, and he never did come home except for furlough visit. “Mother Scholes” was an inter¬cessor.

The cost is the battle of faith and works. I am a soldier in my front line. The heat of the battle is what Paul called “fighting the good fight of faith”. All the lives of the great men of faith in the Bible illustrate that battle, Do I confront some apparent impassibility and have to move into some word of faith on the basis of Mark 11:20In the morning, as they went along, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots. 21Peter remembered and said to Jesus, "Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed has withered!" 22"Have faith in God," Jesus answered.
23"I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him.
24Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours which must be maintained, per¬sisted in and confirmed by the inner confirmation of the Spirit? Watch that often-swaying battle of faith in those faith—victors of Hebrews 11.

That is the heartbeat of intercession. There is then the further cost of whatever form of activity—involvement the Spirit takes us into. I am a “missionary in action” in some field of action.

The final is the GAINING of the intercession; the persistence in the commission until we see the completion: Jesus’, Luke 12:50 “I have a baptism to be bap¬tized with and how am I straitened until it be accomplished”, and Paul’s “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course”.

Prayer may . . . intercession must! COMMISSION. COST. COMPLETION.