20th May 2014

We Are Always On His Prayer List

“For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with human hands that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence.”
Hebrews 9:24 (NIV)

It was the straw that broke the camel’s back. It was just another traffic jam, one of the frustrations of modern life. But for me, I just couldn’t take any more.  I was trying to get to work. I had been working very long hours and I still had so much – too much – to do. This I could do without, as my dad was seriously ill, living 5 hours away. What available time I had in the evening was being spent in calls to my parents. Meanwhile, there were a number of small issues, the normal stuff of life, for which I really needed some free time to sort out. Stuck in the traffic jam, I felt overwhelmed: “I can’t take anymore,” I muttered to myself. I tried to pray, but instead my head just ached. I felt defeated, with no light at the end of the tunnel. 

A scripture flashed to mind: “Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them” (Hebrews 7:25). Jesus, our living High Priest, is always taking us to God; he is always interceding for us. This is a wonderful and reassuring picture. But as my head ached, I wondered: How does that bring me relief right now? “Help!” was all I could utter, as my thoughts fell away into fog. 

Suddenly, I had an idea.  I put on a CD of Christian worship. As the music began, it dawned on me that this singer would continue to glorify God, whether I participated or not. At that point, my focus shifted. Before, I had been obsessing about what I couldn’t do. But now my focus was on Jesus, on what he is always doing – right now – for me, for you and for all humanity. 

My CD had opened up a way to visualise Jesus’ ongoing intercession. I was still stuck in a traffic jam, I still had too much work to do and my dad was still ill. Yet, none of this was hindering Jesus’ prayer for me. I sang along to the CD, joining in the worship created by someone else. I didn’t need to come up with the right words to say, or the best way to express it. Someone else had already done that.

And so it is with Christ. Jesus is already interceding for you and for me, with the best words for that particular moment. Often, we need help in visualising this, perhaps by hearing others pray for us, or by reading the Psalms with our own troubles in mind. Whether you feel like he is or not, Jesus is appearing for you in God’s presence, right now. We are always on his “prayer list” and he is always there for us, in our time of need. 

Father, help us to visualise the work that Jesus does for us all today: how he intercedes for us, even before we realise that we need such intercession. We give you thanks for Jesus, who is the only one qualified to be such a High Priest.

Study by Ian Woodley


ianwoodleyAbout the Author:
Ian Woodley pastors the Nottingham Grace Communion Church, that meets at 2pm Saturday, as below.  Ian also facilitates a monthly Bible Study in Lincoln, which generally meets on a Saturday at 1:30pm.  They welcome visitors to join them—for more details contact Ian Woodley as below.

Local Congregation: 
Nottingham Grace Communion
Lucy Brown Hall
Attenborough Lane

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Ian Woodley
Email:  icgwoodley@gmail.com

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