Friday, April 04, 2014

Preparing for Easter ~ Place of Intercession

[Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations…from everlasting to everlasting  Psalm 90:1-2  
During this season of reflection and renewal, join me, and let's explore God’s Presence, our dwelling place.  Are you dwelling in the presence of God? ~ Donna Howell Oswalt]

“As You sent Me into the world, I am sending them into the world. And I give Myself entirely to You so they also might be entirely Yours. I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in Me because of their testimony. My prayer for all of them is that they will be one, just as You and I are one, Father – that just as You are in Me and I am in You, so they will be in us, and the world will believe You sent Me.”           John 17:18-21 NLT

Called the High Priestly Prayer, Jesus prays for His followers and for all who will ever believe in Him as Redeemer. While expressing His intimacy with the Father, Jesus prays for this same spiritual relationship for His followers and future followers. Jesus intercedes asking for holy fellowship among believers and with the Trinity. Jesus is intercession between humanity and God.

Centuries before Jesus, the prophet Isaiah foretells of the Messiah: He bore the sins of many and interceded for sinners [Isaiah 53:12b]. On the night before His crucifixion, centuries before I am born, Jesus remembers me to the Father. Then and now and every tomorrow, Jesus, You sit at the right hand of God, You speak my name before the throne of the Most High. Extravagant Love hears my sighs of indecision, my tears of discouragement, my groans of uncertainty. Jesus, You meet me in my places of need, sustain me with whispers of hope. Count me alive in Christ. Let my testimony give Glory to God. - dho  

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