March 19, 2023
Excerpt from Interceding with Jesus Book by our Mother Foundress

“I, the Lord, have called you for the victory of justice, I have grasped you by the hand;
I formed you, and set you as a covenant of the people, a light for the nations” (Is 42:6)

God is initiating this call to union with Him. He is calling us. It is God who initiates prayer. God, being the Lover, initiates everything. He has given us this call to be intercessors. We do not take this call on by ourselves. We are called. He is calling us to the ministry of intercession. Becoming the prayer is the way of life for the intercessor; it’s the life that prays.

We are precious to God. He wants to hear us and answer our prayers. God refers to us as His beloved, and says to the soul, “Arise, My beloved, My beautiful one, and come! … let Me hear your voice” (Sng 2:10-14). That’s the beauty of contemplative prayer! That’s the beauty of our love union with God. He wants to hear us; He wants us to speak to Him. Sometimes we may speak to Him because of our personal needs, but other times when we are in the Power of intercession, we will go before Him because of love. The love for the people we are praying for wells up within us, draws us to the Father, and we plead on their behalf. There is a power in this depth of love, and God honors that in a special way.

As the Apostles, “devoted themselves to constant prayer” (Acts 1:14), the intercessor also commits his whole life to union with God. Prayer is really nothing more than an instrument, like the telephone, that enables us to communicate with God. When we’re talking on the phone, we are hardly conscious of the instrument we’re using. We focus on the voice at the other end of the phone. It’s the same with prayer – our focus is on the voice at the other end. Prayer is simply connecting with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We use our prayer to connect, and once we’re connected, we are not even conscious of how we got there. We are receiving God’s Word, Jesus.

“And whatever you ask in My Name, I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” (Jn 14:13)