Thursday, March 24, 2016

Intercessory Prayer, Christ, and Holy Week, Part VI

Hebrews 7:24-26  - “but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. Such a high priest truly meets our need—one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens.”
This passage is clear enough, without my commentary.  So what are the take-aways?
  1. Pray like Jesus prayed, for what Jesus prayed for.  Intercede not because of any authority of our own, but because He is interceding.  We are to pray for healing (James 5:15, as well as many Biblical examples); for our daily sustenance and care; for spiritual knowledge, growth, wisdom, enlightenment (Ephesians 1) for ourselves and others; for political and church leaders; for travel; for those who persecute you; for all the Lord’s people; for those who give the gospel to do it clearly, fearlessly, and effectively and in more and more places; that we should be worthy of His calling; and that we be delivered from evil people.  I did not provide the verses here—use a concordance or to find them and benefit from the effort.   
  2. Prayer is assumed in the Bible to be intercessory, in other words, not about us as much as about other people. 

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