A CLASS was asked one day, "What is intercession?" 

A little boy replied, "It is speaking a word to God for us, sir." 

That is what Christ does for us now he has gone up to heaven. Our prayers are poor, and mixed with much of sin, but if they come really from our heart, he will offer them up to his Father without a flaw. For Christ's sake God will freely give us all things. 

There was once a noble Athenian who had done the State great service, in which he had lost a hand. His brother for some offence was tried and condemned, and about to be led away to execution. 

Just after the sentence had been pronounced, the other came into court, and, without speaking a word, held up his maimed hand in sight of all, and let that plead his brother's cause. 

No words could have been more powerful, and the guilty one was pardoned. 

So, I think, if Christ did not speak a word for us, but only held up to his Father's view that pierced hand, it would plead for us as we could never pray for ourselves. It is for Christ's sake only we are forgiven, and made dear children of that blessed household above.

—Youth's World. 

Do nothing you will not like God to see. Say nothing you would not like him to hear. Write nothing you would not like him to read. Go to no place where you would not like God to find you. 

Read no books of which you would not like God to say, "Show it to me." Never spend your time in such a way you would not like God to say, "What art thou doing?"