Jesus, the Model Intercessor
- Written by Lon Lorton Lon Lorton
Robert Murray M'Cheyne, a Scottish minister from the early 1800’s, said, “If I could hear Christ praying for me in the next room, I would not fear a million enemies. Yet distance makes no difference; He is praying for me.”
The Bible says this about Jesus: “Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” (Hebrews 7:25)
What you believe about Jesus’ prayers of intercession for you is really important to understand, because in finding out what Jesus is saying to His Father about us gives us insight into God’s plan and purpose for us. And that is, I believe, the objective of prayer: to align my will with the will of God.
In John 17 we can read the greatest prayer ever prayed, which is Jesus’ prayer for you, me, and all believers. In verse 11 Jesus prayed, “Now I am leaving the world, and leaving them behind, and coming to You. Holy Father, keep them in Your own care – all those You have given me – so that they will be united just as we are, with none missing.” (TLB) Jesus prayed for our preservation. God wants us to be strong spiritually! God wants us to cross the finish line with flying colors!
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