Hebrews 7:24-25 “But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.”
Many a great preacher, teacher, pastor, or evangelist has had a small group of prayer warriors that lift them up to God in fervent prayer. When walking through a dark valley, or passing through troubled waters, or in the midst of a raging storm, it is good to know that there is someone praying for you.
Many of us do not merit such a following. We go on and serve faithfully, sometimes unnoticed. When the storm comes, who is there for us? Where are the fervent prayer warriors for the common man?
Though we may feel as if we are completely alone, God promises otherwise.
Hebrews 13:5 “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”
Jesus knows our particular burden and plight. Because He took on human flesh, He knows exactly what it is to be tempted.
Hebrews 2:18 “For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.”
Interesting word – succour. By definition, it means:
“Literally, to run to, or run to support; hence, to help or relieve when in difficulty, want or distress; to assist and deliver from suffering; as, to succor a besieged city; to succor prisoners.” Webster’s 1828 Dictionary
It is more than just sympathy, or even empathy. It is a knowledge based on experience of having gone through the human experience – personally.
Jesus Christ is not a god who sits off on a distant throne, unreachable, seeking selfish adoration. No, He is Savior, King, the Son of God, and Sovereign. He is the Creator of the universe. He is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.
To read that statement – “…seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.” is a wonderful source of comfort and assurance in this life.
We may feel most alone, but scripture tells me I am not.
We may fell that no one cares, but the Word of God bears witness that that is a lie.
Our enemy will come in our weakest moment and hurl accusations based on our lack of knowledge.
If we do not feel that we are secure in Christ, he will attack our security.
If we feel unloved, alone, and neglected, he will attack our position as a child of the King.
If our failures cause us to feel unworthy of such a love, such a position, our enemy will press hard and shackle us in a stronghold of lies.
When we fail to read, pray, study, and meditate on God’s Word, we neglect to come into His presence for the strength we need to survive. Our Heavenly Father gave every provision for His children to not only survive, but thrive in this life.
Knowing we have the Great Intercessor, Jesus Christ, present at the throne always making intercession for us, is a great comfort.
We have the best Lawyer. We have an Advocate.
1 John 2:1-2 “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.”
These are strange times in which we live. Yet, as a child of God, we are anchored securely to our Savior. Let us not be blown about with every wind of doctrine.
Let us work diligently to find our place and be active witnesses of the One who lives eternally to make intercession for us.