...yet He bore [and took away] the sin of many and made intercession for the transgressors.
44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
45 To show that you are children of your Father Who is in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the wicked and on the good, and makes the rain fall upon the upright and the wrongdoers [alike]
46 For if you love those who love you, what reward can you have? Do not even the tax collectors do that?
from the 40 Day Journey Dietrich Bonhoeffer
In intercessory prayer the face that may have been strange and intolerable to me is transformed into the face of one for whom Christ died, the face of a pardoned sinner. That is a blessed discovery for the Christian who is beginning to offer intercessory prayer for others. As far as we are concerned, there is no dislike, no personal tension, no disunity or strife that cannot be overcome by intercessory prayer. Intercessory prayer is the purifying bath into which the individual and the community must enter every day.
"Forgiving God, may I see those with whom I am in conflict as your beloved, and may I share in your love for them by praying for them."
Stanzas 4 and 5 from RISE, THOU LIGHT OF GENTILE NATIONS (Isaiah 60:3 The Gentiles shall come to Thy Light, and kings to the brightness of Thy rising)
Knowing Thee and Thy salvation,
Grateful love dare never cease
To proclaim Thy tender mercies,
Gracious Lord, Thy heavenly peace.
Sound we forth the Gospel tidings
To the earth's remotest bound
That the sinner has been pardoned
And forgiveness can be found.
May our zeal to help the heathen
Be increased from day to day
AS WE PLEAD IN TRUE COMPASSION
AND FOR THEIR CONVERSION PRAY.
For the many faithful heralds,
For the Gospel they proclaim,
Let us all be cheerful givers
To the glory of Thy name.
v 8 ...and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept...
v 10 And the Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.
1 When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.
2 Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The Lord hath done great things for them.
3 The Lord hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.
4 Turn again our captivity, O Lord, as the streams in the south.
5 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.
6 He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.