This month I ran across a verse in Daily Devotional in Christ, Dr. Neil Anderson that reminded me of heavenly support I have every moment of every day that I forget about.
But if anybody does sin, we have One who speaks to the Father in our defense–Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:1, 2 NIV).
I forget what Jesus is doing for us…speaking to the Father in our defense. The devil accuses us before the Father with accusations like, “Look at her! She blew it again! She is worthless!” and Jesus then matter-of-factually says to the Father, “I died for that. That sin has been paid for.”
It’s a beautiful thing to watch someone come to our defense, isn’t it? Jesus does it for us all day long.
Right now, Jesus is defending you and me as He sits at His Father’s side!
My mind recalled more. Romans 8:34 tells us about something Jesus is also doing for you and me every day: Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.
The definition of intercede is to: use your influence to persuade someone in authority not to punish or harm someone or to do something for someone.
As mothers, we intercede for our children all the time. Something occurs during the day and we need to tell dad about it. When we tell dad, we are interceding. We know the dad and child well, so we know best the words to use, the time to speak and the angle from which to approach a matter. We use our relationship of intimacy with our children’s father to intercede in a way that breeds understanding, compassion, justice, truth. We may not do it well sometimes, but we certainly try. Jesus, on the other hand, is perfect at it every time.
Right now, Jesus is interceding for us with the Father!
Last year was disappointing. I blogged about it HERE. So many times in 2016 I had trouble expressing my disappointment to God. I had only a heavy heart to bring to Him, or words that barely scratched the surface of what I wanted to tell Him. After all, what mother has time to mope? I, like you, have to hold it together to do my job and parent my children. I couldn’t let the emotional dam break. Thankfully, the truth of Romans 8:26 kicks in: In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.
Right now, while Jesus defend and intercedes, the Spirit is also translating our groanings all day long.
Whoever you are, you are not alone. You are seen. You are heard. You are known.
Not only are you praying for yourself; Not only are your friends and family praying for you; Jesus and the Holy Spirit are talking with the Father about you too…with perfection.
Note: Last week my readership was down when I guest blogged for the first time. I didn’t mean to confuse anyone. If you did not see it, the link is HERE.
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Picture Explanation: The sky always reminds me that my story here on earth connects to eternal glory there through Jesus Christ. And today I am reminded about who is up there interceding for us!
Prayer Request: On January 20, 2017, America got a new president. Now it’s time for us to start interceding for him. Let’s make sure we pray.