Jesus lives to make intercession
“I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.”
John 17:20-21 (NKJV)
People are often encouraged when they are told that other people are interceding for them in prayer. But it is even more encouraging to know that our risen Lord, Jesus, intercedes for us, at the Father’s right hand: ‘Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.’ (Romans 8:34). And in Hebrews 7:25 we read, ‘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.’ And note, this verse says Jesus ‘always lives to make intercession’ and not ‘sometimes’.
While we don’t know exactly what Jesus is praying as he intercedes on our behalf, we do know passionately and intensely, the Lord prayed for His disciples while He was still on earth. In the small hours, in the garden of Gethsemane, the disciples heard Jesus pour out his heart to the Father on their behalf – and ours! “I am praying [interceding] not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message.” (John 17:20 NLT).
Jesus was leaving his followers on earth and going back to his Father in heaven. He had experienced the tensions under which they would continue to live, as believers, in a hostile world, so Jesus prayed for them, and for us. Jesus prayed for all his followers, everywhere, and throughout all ages, to be spiritually protected as they strive to live for him in this present evil world (Galatians 1:4).
We continue to be in, but not of, the world, and are called to witness to a world that rejected Jesus and would reject his followers also, (John 15:18). But the good news is that Jesus himself continually prays (intercedes) for us. Let us, in turn, continually praise, and give thanks to him, our risen Saviour and Lord, Jesus Christ.
Eternal God, we bring our grateful thanks to you for interceding on our behalf. Grant us your protection as we go through each day. We thank you for your grace, love, and mercy. In Jesus’ name. Amen
Study by Dennis Payne
About the writer:
Dennis Payne is a Deacon in the Central London congregation of Grace Communion International.
Grace Communion International Central London
Indian YMCA Student Hostel
Mahatma Gandhi Hall
41 Fitzroy Square
Local congregational contact:
Word of Life contact: