But Christ is the ultimate intercessor not only because He prayed on earth but even more because He continues His intercessory ministry in heaven today. Though Jesus’ “cross work” is complete, his “throne work” goes on. The author of Hebrews reminds us that, “because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. . . . He always lives to intercede” (Hebrews 7:24–25). Similarly the apostle Paul notes, “Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us” (Romans 8:34).
Jesus’ primary task as our enthroned intercessor is not simply to forward our prayer lists on to the Father. It is rather to intercede for the issues on the Father’s heart: His glory, His kingdom, and His will, as well as for our provision, our pardon, and our protection.
Christ’s intercession guarantees all the plans and promises of God. That includes both our freedom from condemnation (Romans 8:34) and our complete salvation (Hebrews 7:25). Without Jesus’ intercession the kingdom would never be established and we would be lost. It is a work that is absolutely crucial.
Great High Priest, I am in awe of Your intercessory ministry that “guarantees all the plans and promises of God.” What a wonderful confidence it gives me to know that You live to intercede for me while sitting at the right hand of the Father. It is the ultimate mystery to me that You also live in me and birth the prayers of God’s heart in me as I yield myself to a praying life. Fill me with a desire to pray kingdom prayers for a world in desperate need!
–Adapted from Praying God’s Heart (Prayers that Make a Difference) by Alvin VanderGriend. This book is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount.
Praise the Creator, who fills mountain springs, makes grass grow for cattle, and allows people to bring forth food from the earth (Ps. 104:10-14). Thank God for your food and shelter. Confess that all you have belongs to God. Commit to living as a steward, not a consumer. Ask God where to start in renewing your mind-set.
Pray that Christians—by caring more about people than things, by managing money well—will pique interest among non-Christians.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend.
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