Day 39: Lives to Intercede

Day 39: Lives to Intercede

“Therefore He is able to save completely those who come to God through Him, because He always lives to intercede for them” (Hebrews 7:25).

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We have seen that Jesus not only created the universe, but continues to sustain it. In similar fashion, Jesus not only saved us at the time of our conversion, He continues to sustain us in His role as High Priest, interceding for us before the throne of Grace. He didn’t just save us and then say, “Do your best until I call you to heaven.” He sustains us with His prayers—and who of us does not need those prayers?!

Remember, He has been tried in every way like we are. This means He understands. It means He identifies with us. Identification is one of the biggest necessities of fervent intercession. The more we know and feel what a person is facing, the more passion we will put into our prayers on their behalf. Jesus has hungered, thirsted, been betrayed, been in pain, been falsely accused, been in poverty, been bereaved, felt forsaken by God—so when He prays for us, He does so with identification, intensity, and compassion.

Before the disciples were to face the greatest test of their lives, Jesus told them that He had prayed for them that their faith would not fail. We see more of the ways He prays for them (and us) in John 17. Back in Zechariah 3 we are given a little glimpse of a scene in heaven where the high priest Joshua is standing there while Satan hurls accusations at him. The accusations may well have been valid, as Joshua is in filthy rags representing his sin, but the Angel of the Lord defends him—not by saying Satan is wrong, but rebuking him by reminding him that Joshua is a “brand snatched from the fire.” He is a redeemed one. After that Joshua is clothed in clean garments. This is a glimpse of our High Priest advocating for us—“This one is one of Mine. You can’t touch him or her.”

We are saved to the uttermost, completely and forever, because He is in our corner, defending us, claiming His finished work over us. I love the way Lloyd-Jones puts it, “Jesus Christ is seated at the right hand of God’s glory at this very minute, and He points at you and at me and as our great intercessor and advocate tells his Father and the hosts of heaven, ‘These are my brethren’…He presents your feeble prayers and mine to the Father, adding the incense of His own glory to them. Furthermore He will go on doing this until you and I have been taken through our trials and troubles, even death itself, and He will ‘present [us] faultless before the presence of [God’s] glory with exceeding joy.’”

CONSIDER:
• Look at John 17. What kinds of things did Jesus pray for His disciples, and how might that indicate how He prays for us?
• How does His intercession affect your confidence as you meet trials? What does it mean to you that He is interceding right now for you?

PRAYER:
Lord, I don’t think often enough about the fact that You are still interceding for me. How I need those prayers! Thank You for sustaining me more than I know! It means so much to know You are watching over me for my good.

by Sheri Cook, Director of Special Ministries
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