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!
I would guess we all know people who have made a profession of faith and were growing so much spiritually that we may have even looked up to them as spiritual mentors. Then one day they crashed and burned. They simply walked away from their faith. And we think, “If someone like that can fall, then maybe I could fall, too! Am I next?” The answer to that question may surprise you: It’s entirely and totally up to you. God wants to keep you, and God will keep you. He will keep you to the end. The question is whether you want to be kept.
Occasionally we see folks leave the church, leave loved ones, even leave Jesus. Usually, it’s not without clues along the way – fully on fire, always in church, great participators of the faith. Then, we notice they seem to have cooled a bit. Their presence is sporadic, and their participation dwindles. Someone may have mistreated them, or maybe they felt unnoticed or unappreciated. The next Sunday they go down the street, or maybe they just stay at home. There can be 100 reasons, or there may seem to be no reason at all.
One thing we as the body can do is continually remind one another that Jesus is praying for us. He’s praying that we would be united just as He and His Father are united, with no one missing.
Need some encouragement? Come to church and bring someone with you. Your presence may also be the encouragement someone else is needing.