What to Pray - For the Spirit on Your Own Congregation
Beginning at Jerusalem. -Luke 24:47.
Each one of us is connected with some congregation or circle of believers, who are to us the part of Christ's body with which we come into most direct contact. They have a special claim on our intercession. Let it be a settled matter between God and you that you are to labor in prayer on its behalf. Pray for the minister and all leaders or workers in it. Pray for the believers according to their needs. Pray for conversions. Pray for the power of the Spirit to manifest itself. Band yourself with others to join in secret in definite petitions. Let intercession be a definite work, carried on as systematically as preaching or Sunday School. And pray, expecting an answer.
How to Pray - Continually
Watchmen, that shall never hold their peace day or night. -Isa. 62:6.
His own elect, that cry to Him day and night. -Luke 18:7
Night and day praying exceedingly that we may perfect that which is lacking in your faith. -1 Thess.3:10.
A widow indeed, hath her hope set in God, and continueth in supplications night and day. -1 Tim. 5:5.
When the glory of God, and the love of Christ, and the need of souls are revealed to us, the fire of this unceasing intercession will begin to burn in us for those who are near and those who are far off.