walk in the word
23The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office, 24but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever. 25Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them. —Hebrews 7:23-25
Scripture assures us that Jesus Himself is praying for you and me—this minute. Hebrews 7:25 makes the following amazing statement: “Consequently, [Jesus] is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.” Jesus lives to intercede for you. He can and will completely save those who trust in Him for salvation. What He accomplished on the cross He continues to apply to your life as He talks to His Father about you. Amazing!
The word intercede includes the sense of pleading—Jesus is continuously and persuasively presenting you before His Father! Before you ever kneel down to pour out your heart to God, Jesus Christ has already called out to His Father on your behalf. Even before you ask, He knows from firsthand contact what you need—because He’s with you.
Much of Hebrews focuses on the uniqueness of Christ. Among His special roles is the mantle of priest that He carries out as no one else can. Throughout the history of Israel, priests were part of daily life and a crucial aspect of anyone’s relationship with God. But priests were always as human as those they served. Only Christ became the priest who could do perfectly what every other priest could only do in part.
One of the indelible pictures of Jesus in the Gospels occurs at the end of the Last Supper. In John 17, when Jesus offered what we call His High Priestly Prayer, we’re given a good idea of how Jesus intercedes for us. Not only did He pray for the disciples who were with Him, but He also prayed for us today when He called us “those who will believe in me through their word” (v.20). Before He returned to His Father and long before we were ever born, Jesus was already interceding for us. Once He accomplished His mission to provide us with salvation, He took on the task of preservation, keeping us in prayer continuously.
Here’s a challenge: If you could hear the Lord praying for you in the next room, you would not fear a thousand enemies. So right now, think of the Lord Jesus in the next room, on His knees in front of a couch or chair. His nail-pierced hands are held out and He’s lifting you and your need to His Father. He knows your exact situation. He’s asking His Father to give you strength, wisdom, and patience. He knows you will crash and burn on your own, so He is praying for your faith to overcome your fear.
Remember Jesus’ words to Peter before Peter’s biggest failure: “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers” (Luke 22:31–32). Jesus doesn’t let your inevitable stumbles and falls keep Him from praying for you. So don’t let your failures keep you from Him.
Because it’s an incredible assertion in Scripture that Jesus Christ is not only with you, but “he always lives to make intercession for [you].”
Lord, thank You for the encouragement and comfort that comes from knowing Your Son is praying for me. I know He has Your attention and that together, You will always do what is best for me. You continually give me good reasons to do better as I remember You are helping every step of the way. Forgive me for my failures, and like Peter, show me how You can continue to use my life despite my tendency to fall short. That’s when You demonstrate Your power and mercy. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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