On the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, looking to Jesus–our INTERCESSOR–is a blessed endeavor! May you enjoy this excerpt from my devotional, Fixing our Eyes on God.
There are some wonderful, awe-inspiring revelations of Jesus that begin with “I.” He is the I am, the Image of the invisible God, immortal, immutable, and Immanuel, God with us! The One who is all of those things is also our Intercessor. Scriptures tells us He lives that He can make intercession for us! Now that is an incredible view of our Savior!
Intercessory prayer weaves its way throughout scripture. In the Old Testament, we see God’s people, His prophets and His priests offering prayers on behalf of others. Isaiah prophesied that the coming Deliverer would pray for sinners.
Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. Isaiah 53:12
The truth of that prophesy shines forth in the New Testament as we observe Jesus praying for His disciples, His enemies and us!
Intercession is a costly endeavor that God expects from each of us. Yet God never asks us to do anything He won’t join us in doing. Intercession is a joint endeavor…it fulfills the prayer of Jesus in John 17 which asks the Father to bring us to unity. Intercession unites our hearts with others, with the Spirit, with Christ and with the Father. The fact that Jesus is our Intercessor reveals the incredible privilege we have to intercede.
Our human passions and concerns often cloud our minds. We do not always know what to ask of the Father; we would miss countless blessings without our Intercessor! The Spirit searches our hearts for the needs we cannot express—and sometimes do not know. The Spirit’s unity with Christ—and His with the Father—brings the very will of God into the center of our being.
Our Intercessor’s prayers are pure and perfect, aligned with God’s purposes for our lives. Jesus asks for exactly what we would ask—if only we understood as He does. Our minds can only glimpse the fringes of the great mystery of unity with God through Christ. Our intercessory prayers for others allow us to join in the very work of our Savior. May we rejoice in His work and our privilege as intercessors!