Jesus’ role in prayer continues into the present! In Romans 8:34 Paul described Jesus’ current ministry of interceding on behalf of believers. Hebrews 7:25 echoes this task in Jesus’ role as great high priest, and 9:24 says Jesus entered into God’s presence in Heaven on our behalf. First John 2:1 mentions Jesus’ continuing role of “Advocate with the Father” on behalf of sinful Christians. It’s comforting to know our Intercessor/Advocate understands us—He has experienced the same temptations, trials, and difficulties we do. Jesus’ same consuming concern for His followers—as displayed in John 17—still continues today!
–Adapted from Giving Ourselves to Prayer: An Acts 6:4 Primer for Ministry (Chapter 5, God the Son and Prayer by James R. Wicker)
Thank You Christ Jesus, for standing before God on my behalf. You know everything I think and feel, everything I have done and plan to do, and all that lies ahead of me. Give me a passionate heart to join You in this amazing ministry of intercession.
Praise God as the one who makes it possible for you to bear much fruit (Jn. 15:5). Thank him for the promise of a great spiritual harvest in your life. Confess sins which stunt the development of spiritual fruit in your life. Commit yourself to daily devotional habits which will stimulate the growth of such fruit. Ask God to help you produce the kind of harvest which will give him the glory and praise.
Ask God to pour out his blessing on his church throughout the world. Pray for fruitfulness among those who remain faithful to God and are firmly united to Jesus, the true vine.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend