Andrew Murray was a writer, teacher and pastor in South Africa in the second half of the 1800’s and early 1900’s. He wrote over 240 books, several of which are considered Christian classics. He wrote several short books that were intended to be a daily meditation on a subject for a month. The Secret of Intercession has 31 short chapters and 125 pages. Each chapter begin with a verse and ends with a prayer.
The chapters build upon the previous ones laying out what is; “the solemn duty, the high privilege, and the wonderful power of intercession.” What follows are key points from the first few days meditations. This is one of the books that greatly influenced my life and helped lay the foundation in me for prayer and intercession.
Non-disclosure: I bought this book a long time ago, probably used, and no publisher put me up to this as part of a bloggers program, but they did give me the idea to review books I truly love.
Day 1 – Intercession ”when a man is bold and asks from God what he desires for others.” “It is the highest privilege and … is the power of being used by God as instruments for His great work.”
Day 2 – The Opening of the Eyes “open our eyes we pray You, that we may realize fully the low estate of Your Church and people, and as fully what treasures of grace and power.”
Day 3 – Man’s Place in God’s Plan – “He has to entrusted His people the work of making these blessings known and making men partakers of them. Be…faithful in seeking for treasures hidden in heaven, to bring them down in blessing on the world. It is by the unceasing of God’s people.
Day 4 – Intercession in the Plan of Redemption – God’s intense longing to bless seems in some sense to be graciously limited by His dependence on the intercession that rises from the earth. God regards intercession as the highest expression of His people’s to receive and to yield themselves wholly to the working of His almighty power.”
Day 5 – God Seeks Intercessors – “There are so few who know what it is to take hold of His strength and pray down His blessing on the world.
Day 6 – Christ as Intercessor – Examples of Jesus’ intercession
Day 7 – The Intercessors God Seeks – Those who will persist until the blessing comes.
Day 8 – The School of Intercession – Learning to pour out your soul.
Day 9 – The Power in the Name of Jesus – Unlimited promise in His name.
Day 10 – Prayer the Work of the Spirit – Yield wholly to the leading of the Holy Spirit
Day 11 – Christ, Our Example in Intercession – His death the greatest act intercession
Day 12 – God’s Will and Ours – His will becoming ours.
Day 13 – The Blessedness of a Life of Intercession – The wonderful awesome honor.
Day 14 – The Place of Prayer – Waiting for the promise
Day 15 – Paul as an Intercessor – many quotes of Paul’s cry for the Church
Day 16 – Intercession for Laborers – Praying to the Lord of the harvest
Day 17 – Intercession for Individual Souls – The chief element in conversion
Day 18 – Intercession for Ministers – men of power, prayer, and full of the Holy Spirit
Day 19 – Prayer for All Saints – Unity by praying for all.
Day 20 – Missionary Intercession – Greatly needed for the expansion of the church
Day 21 – The Grace of Intercession – The Spirit of grace and supplication.
Day 22 – United Intercession – The whole church interceding for the whole church
Day 23- Unceasing Intercession – close and intimate union with God
Day 24 – Intercession, The Link Between Heaven and Earth – Heavenly pattern here.
Day 25 – The Fulfillment of God’s Desires – God dwelling in among us
Day 26 – The Fulfillment of Man’s Desires – by delighting in the Lord
Day 27 – My Great Desire – To dwell in the House of the Lord
Day 28 – Intercession Day and Night – consuming desire doesn’t rest.
Day 29 – The High Priest and His Intercession – a kingdom of priests.
Day 30 – A Royal Priesthood – Our holy calling enter the holiest for others.
Day 31 – Intercession a Devine Reality – incense before the throne
This book is still in print and available new and used from multiple internet sites and Christian Stores. Some of Andrew Murray’s book are in the public domain and available at CCEL