Last week we worked on the ACTS system of daily prayer. This week we will focus on enriching the “Supplication” part by learning to ask God on behalf of other people. That is, we will learn the privilege of intercession.
But before we think about how to intercede for others, today we will simply reflect on one of the most wonderful truths of the Bible: Jesus is interceding for you right now. The writer of Hebrew tells us:
Because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. (Heb. 7:24-25)
Think of that: The risen Lord Jesus prays constantly for those who trust in him! What does Jesus pray for us? First, his prayers guarantee that you are constantly forgiven and justified before God:
Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 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. (Rom. 8:33-34)
John 17 gives an even deeper insight into Jesus’s prayers for us. As the hour of his death approaches, Jesus pours out his heart to his Father. Take a moment now to focus your mind on Jesus, seated in glory at God’s right hand, interceding for you. Then slowly read these verses from his prayer in John 17. Pause over each request Jesus makes. Think about what Jesus prays for you, enjoy the comfort it brings, and thank him.
“I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. … I pray for them. … My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. … I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. … Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.” (taken from John 17:6-24)
Finish with a time of prayer using ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication). In “Supplication,” take some of Jesus’s words above and pray them for your brothers and sisters at church. Through the day, remember 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, and seek to live prayerfully.
Verses for further prayer: All of John 17.