Wednesday, February 27, 2008

The Secret of an Intercessor

John Hyde was a missionary to India in around the early 20th Century. His life, like the prophet Elijah, can be summed up in two words: "He prayed."
He spent days and nights in agonizing intercession, weeping, sighing, and groaning in the Spirit for souls and for the Church, sometimes going without food or sleep for days. His travail of soul increased to such a degree that his heart-cry became, "O God, give me souls or I die!" He was used of God to bring down many outpourings of the Spirit in North-West India, beginning in 1904 in Sialkot. Shortly before he died at the age of 47, a medical examination discovered his heart had moved to the right side of his body, worn out by years of intense intercession.
Hyde's life serves as an example of a believer absolutely surrendered to God, who has drawn near enough to Christ to feel His heart, and through whom we may have a glimpse of the very prayer-life of our Lord.


The following is from the book Praying Hyde: Apostle of Prayer, edited by Captain E.G. Carre:

"Let me introduce here a gem from the pen of Paterson: 'What was the secret of that prayer-life of John Hyde's?' he asks. 'This, that it was a life of prayer. Who is the source of all life? The glorified Jesus. How do I get this life from Him? Just as I received His righteousness to begin with. I own that I have no righteousness of my own--only filthy rags, and I in faith claim His righteousness. Now, a twofold result follows: As to our Father in Heaven, He sees Christ's righteousness--not my unrighteousness. A second result as to ourselves: Christ's righteousness not merely clothes us outwardly, but enters into our very being, by His Spirit, received in faith as with the disciples (see John 20:22), and works out sanctification in us.'
"Why not the same with our prayer life? Let us remember the word 'for.' 'Christ died for us,' and 'he ever liveth to make intercession 'for' us,' that is, in our room and stead. So I confess my ever-failing prayers (it dare not be called a life), and plead His never failing intercession. Then it affects our Father, for He looks upon Christ's prayer-life in us, and answers accordingly. So that the answer is far 'above all we can ask or think.' Another great result follows: it affects us. Christ's prayer life enters into us, and He prays in us. This is prayer in the Holy Spirit. Only thus can we pray without ceasing. This is the life more abundant which our Lord gives. Oh, what peace, what comfort? No more working up a life of prayer and failing constantly. Jesus enters the boat, and the toiling ceases, and we are at the land whither we would be. Now, we need to be still before Him, so as to hear his voice and allow Him to pray in us--nay, allow Him to pour into our souls His overflowing life of intercession, which means literally: FACE TO FACE meeting with God--real UNION and COMMUNION."

8 comments:

United in Christ said...

wow aaron that is great for a devo!!!

Aaron said...

Thanks Melissa. Hope all is well...
God bless!

United in Christ said...

where did you get this from ?

Aaron said...

I wrote the first part; the quoted section is from the book Praying Hyde: Apostle of Prayer by E.G. Carre.

United in Christ said...

you are very gifted brother ..since being in japan aaron I've sense the calling to stay long term what do you think I should do?

Sharing your faith said...

Hi Aaron:
Great to hear and read from your blog brother. I am glad you are serving the Lord at Koinonia's church. I heard nice compliments about your work in the Lord from pastor Brian. Praise the Lord!! Keep on the good work until the end. Thanks for all your unconditional help at the medical missionary trip last October.
In Him,
MIchael

Aaron said...

Melissa:
Sorry for taking a while in getting back to you, I've been busy (big surprise)... :)
If you sense the Lord's calling to Japan, pray for confirmation from Him. If God's already confirmed it in your heart, pray for an open door (Col 4:3). This may happen immediately, or you may have to wait for the Lord's timing; it may take a while.
But if the doors are open already, then go for it!
Check out the new Paul Washer video I posted, it might help.
Aaron

Aaron said...

Hey Michael,
Great to hear from you bro, hope things are going well for you way up there in the U.S...Stay strong in the Lord and His power. God bless!
Aaron