“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”(Heb. 7:25 NKJV).
Christ’s last words on the cross were a prayer of intercession for our forgiveness. Then, as the damp darkness of separation and alienation clutched Him, He yielded His spirit and paid the total and final price so that all who would come to God through Him would never again need to experience alienation, rejection and the terrible, final sting of death.
Christ performed the mercy promised to our fathers. Messiah’s torn body opened a new and living way to grant “…that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, might serve Him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before Him all the days of our life” (Heb. 10:20; Lk 1:74-75 NKJV).
The very same favor which the Father extended to His only begotten Son, He now extends to all believing “completed” Jews, to the growing multitude of “Messianic” Arabs and Muslims, and to the many millions of other ransomed, adopted gentile sons and daughters worldwide who live by faith. Now, through Christ, all the redeemed children of our Creator Father are at liberty to come near and cry “Abba.” Without fear, we can freely pour out our hearts, be heard and receive succor, provision and direction anytime, day or night (Mk. 14:36; Ro. 8:15; Gal. 4:4-7). Prayer is part of the living redemptive mystery of our Father’s boundless mercy and measureless love. Prayer carries the breath of His kiss and His words of endearment to His ransomed humanity. Prayer is primarily about Abba and the family He cherishes. Prayer is first and always a relational privilege of grace and of the mercy performed.
–Adapted from an article by Gary Bergel, incenseRising, Mar/Apr 2006.
Abba, thank You for the privilege of prayer—for the ability to come to You day or night with anything that is on my heart. Let me never take this privilege for granted, but always remember the high cost Jesus paid to obtain it.
Praise God for the fact that he has revealed himself to mere mortals. Give thanks that the Lord has spoken plainly about himself and his will in his Word, which is a lamp to your feet and a light for your path (Ps. 119:105). Confess any failures in seeking the teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness that come from the inspired Scriptures (2 Tim. 3:16). Commit yourself to being “thoroughly equipped for every good work” (3:17). Ask God to do good works through you.
Thank God for faithful teachers in the church. Pray that they will be encouraged by the Spirit to communicate life-changing truths.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend