January 8 Petition Mission

“I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men…For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Tim 2:1-4).

Jesus Christ, the divine Man, died for all men. His life is but an intercession for all men. His death is but a prayer for all men. On earth, Jesus Christ knew no higher law, no holier business, no more divine life, than to plead for men. In heaven, He knows no more royal estate, no higher theme, than to intercede for men.…His life, His death, His exaltation, all plead for men. Is there any higher work for the disciple to do than what his Lord did? Is there any employment loftier, more honorable, more divine, than to pray for men? To take their woes, their sins, and their perils before God? To be one with Christ? To break the thrall which binds them and the hell which holds them and to lift them to immortality and eternal life? —E.M. Bounds