Our Greatest Intercessor

If you could choose the best person to pray for you, who would it be? If you are wise it would be the Lord Jesus. It should thrill our hearts to know that He is ALWAYS praying for us. We will be greatly helped by remembering that wonderful and amazing truth when we are in trouble.

Hebrews 7:25: Wherefore he (Jesus) is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

1 Timothy 2:5: For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

Every prayer that Jesus prays for us is answered with a resounding YES! He always prays with perfect faith. He always prays for the Father*s will. He always knows the Father*s will. He does not just pray for our fleshly wants, He prays for our NEEDS. He began praying for us before we were born, before His death and resurrection and His prayers for us continue today.

Luke 22:31-32: And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: 32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.

He didn*t just pray for Peter and the Apostles. He prayed for us!

John 17:20: Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;

It should be a great blessing and comfort to know WHAT He prayed for us.

John 17:9-21: I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. 10 And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them. 11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are. 12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled. 13 And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves. 14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. 18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. 19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. 20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; 21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon on Lamentations 3:58: O Lord, Thou hast pleaded the causes of my soul.

Observe how positively the prophet speaks. He doth not say, *I hope, I trust, I sometimes think, that God hath pleaded the causes of my soul*; but he speaks of it as a matter of fact not to be disputed. *Thou hast pleaded the causes of my soul.* Let us, by the aid of the gracious Comforter, shake off those doubts and fears which so much mar our peace and comfort. Be this our prayer, that we may have done with the harsh croaking voice of surmise and suspicion, and may be able to speak with the clear, melodious voice of full assurance. Notice how gratefully the prophet speaks, ascribing all the glory to God alone! You perceive there is not a word concerning himself or his own pleadings. He doth not ascribe his deliverance in any measure to any man, much less to his own merit; but it is *thou*-*O Lord, Thou hast pleaded the causes of my soul; Thou hast redeemed my life.* A grateful spirit should ever be cultivated by the Christian; and especially after deliverances we should prepare a song for our God. Earth should be a temple filled with the songs of grateful saints, and every day should be a censor smoking with the sweet incense of thanksgiving. How joyful Jeremiah seems to be while he records the Lord*s mercy. How triumphantly he lifts up the strain! He has been in the low dungeon, and is even now no other than the weeping prophet; and yet in the very book which is called *Lamentations,* clear as the song of Miriam when she dashed her fingers against the tabor, shrill as the note of Deborah when she met Barak with shouts of victory, we hear the voice of Jeremy going up to heaven-*Thou hast pleaded the causes of my soul; thou hast redeemed my life.* O children of God, seek after a vital experience of the Lord*s lovingkindness, and when you have it, speak positively of it; sing gratefully; shout triumphantly.

And of course, we should also ask for the prayers of the men and women who are living in the will of God because they are the ones that best know His will and what to pray for. And we should personally seek to be in His will so we will know what to pray for.

1 John 5:14: And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:

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