His intercession provided salvation for all men through His substitutionary sacrifice on the cross, but it is only realised through His Intercessory ministry today in Heaven. God’s desire is that all men be saved, but in this context we are urged to join Christ in ministry as our Advocate through earnest, heartfelt prayer.
Consider the implications of the following verses from the pen of Paul:
“FIRST OF all, then, I admonish and urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be offered on behalf of all men… For such [praying] is good and right, and [it is] pleasing and acceptable to God our Saviour, Who wishes all men to be saved … For there [is only] one God, and [only] one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, Who gave Himself as a ransom for all … I desire therefore that in every place men should pray, without anger or quarreling or resentment or doubt [in their minds], lifting up holy hands.” (1Tim 2:1-8 AMP)
Prayer, our prayer, is a holy partnership with the High Priestly Advocate Ministry of Christ in the Heavens.
Jack Hayford says:
“Prayer is essentially a partnership of the redeemed child God working hand in hand with God toward the realisation of His redemptive purposes on earth.”
“Prayer is Invading the Impossible” Quoted from ‘Intercessory Prayer’ by Dutch Sheets.
We must realise that our prayers are essential to God’s plans being outworked in the earth. We cannot not pray! To be “prayerless” is to sin against God, and does despite to that which He has made available through the cross.
Let us stand in our privileged place of prayer today.
God bless you.
About the Author
David Lee Martin is a happy husband and father of three, a passionate minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and a lively and insightful Bible teacher with a burning desire to see God’s people (and all people for that matter) walk in the FREEDOM for which Christ has made us free. This article is reprinted from The Power Through Prayer newsletter. You can subscribe to the newsletter at JesusChrist.co.uk.
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