A Ministry of Intercession

May 19, 2020

Hebrews 7:23-25

23Now there have been many of those priests, since death prevented them from continuing in office; 24but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. 25Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.

 

A Ministry of Intercession

 

You may or may not like the president and the job he is doing, but one thing has not changed and that is God is still upon the throne and sovereign over the affairs of men.  He is still Lord of all and it is not in men or our leaders that we put our trust, but it is in the Lord Almighty.   It is imperative that your intercession not cease for our leaders, the current affairs and that we do not go back to business as usual.

Jesus, our High Priest, still sits in a place of ministry.  His ministry is that of intercession on our behalf.  We know that were it not for His grace, His sacrifice and now His intercession we would have no hope of salvation.  Our completeness, our righteousness and our salvation are only found in Him.  God has set His remnant and His true church as a kingdom of priests over the nations.  Our ministry is like that of our Lord’s.  It is to find God’s heart and to intercede accordingly.   Romans 8:26-27 tells us, “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 with groans that words cannot express. 27And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.” In our spirits we can feel the winds of change, but in the world this will probably mean a time of great upheaval.  It is the prayers of the saints that provide the avenue for God to unleash His power and divine working in this hour.  Your ministry of intercession has never been more important than it is right now.  Many people have their eyes on a man looking for the change that they desire, but we know that the change that men need and are truly looking for is not found in any man.  It is only found in the Lord Jesus Christ.

This is not the time to continue in criticizing and judging our leadership. Romans 13:1-2 tells us, “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.”  If we have concern for this nation and the direction it is going, as we all should, then remember the weapons of our warfare are not carnal or fleshly, but they mighty through God to the tearing and pulling down of strongholds (2 Corinthians 10:4).   This place of warfare is in the place of intercession.  If we would fight for our nation our greatest weapons are found when we are on our knees before the Lord of justice and truth.  We have a calling and a mandate of the Lord.  It is a high and priestly calling.  People of God, stand in the gap and continue to make intercession, for those prayers of faith and our godly lives will bring a climate of change for many, the change they truly desire and seek.  Romans 13:11-14 goes on to exhort us, “And do this, understanding the present time. The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. 12The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. 14Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature.”  We have a ministry and high calling before us and it is the ministry of intercession.  I leave you with this final instruction from 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24, “Be joyful always; 17pray continually; 18give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 19Do not put out the Spirit’s fire; 20do not treat prophecies with contempt. 21Test everything. Hold on to the good. 22Avoid every kind of evil. 23May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.”

Blessing

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