“Why does God require such intense prayer, such strong desires, such agonizing supplications? These strong desires strongly illustrate the strength of God’s feelings. They are like the real feelings of God for the penitent sinners. What must be the strength of the desire which God feels when His Spirit produces in Christians such amazing agony, such throes of soul, such travail! God has chosen the best word to express it—it is travail (suffering) of the soul (Isaiah 53:11 KJV).
“Doubtless one great reason why God requires the exercise of this agonizing prayer is that it forms such a bond of union between Christ and the Church. It creates such sympathy between them. They feel just as Christ feels—so full of compassion for sinners that they cannot contain themselves. Thus it is often with those whom God gives success in preaching to sinners, they often have such compassion and such overflowing desires for their salvation that it shows itself in their speaking and their preaching, just as though Jesus Christ spoke through them. The words come from their lips fresh and warm, as if from the very heart of Christ.
“This travailing in birth for souls also creates a remarkable bond of union between warm-hearted Christians and the young converts. Those who are converted appear very dear to the hearts that have had this spirit of prayer for them. “My little children of whom I travail in birth again” (Galatians 4:19 KJV).” CF
Let us turn from all known sin and be in earnest deep prayer, brothers.