Priests stand between God and the people. When facing God, they represent the people’s needs to the God who can answer. In return, when they turn to face the people they speak of the glory of God and His calling on their lives to the people. The only thing that makes it possible for priests to do either is that they stand in the middle because a sacrifice has been offered on their behalf so that there is no sin barrier between them and God.
Priests, in that intermediary place, based on the sacrifice, make it possible for each to connect to the other. When Moses refused to get out of the middle between God’s anger and the people’s sin, and prayed against that anger, he was acting as a priest. His brother, Aaron the priest, was set apart to offer sacrifices and to pray against God’s anger, preventing God from destroying God’s people because of their sins.
Priests pray to God for the blessings of God to be given.
Priests also speak to people to call them to God, and to invite them to the sacrifice, so that they might be reconciled to God.
Jesus is our High Priest. When we receive His Spirit through accepting His sacrifice, we receive His ministry—we join him in praying that all the world be reconciled to God.
God wants a kingdom of people who do just that! His will is that the whole world be brought to him, by a whole kingdom of people who shine with His grace in every corner of the world.
–Taken from Power Praying (Hearing Jesus’ Spirit by Praying Jesus’ Prayer) by David Chotka
Lord Jesus, You are the High Priest who sits at the right hand of the Father interceding for Your people. I am awed that I have received this ministry of intercession because of Your sacrifice on the cross. May I faithfully pray for the world to be reconciled to God, and “shine with Your grace” to every man, woman and child in my sphere of influence.
Praise him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you faultless before his presence with exceeding joy. Give thanks that God has preserved you through many physical and spiritual dangers. Confess a specific fault that you want God to remove. Commit yourself to courageous endurance in the way of Christ. Ask for undying hope in the Lord and a renewal of strength that you may soar on wings like an eagle, may run and not grow weary, may walk and not be faint (Isa. 40:31).
Ask the Lord to send the power of his Holy Spirit upon all the missionaries of your church and to give them the strength, courage, health, support, and spiritual gifts to be fruitful.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend