‘Therefore he (Jesus) is able to save completely those who come to God through him because he always lives to intercede for them.’ Hebrews 7.25
All of us have probably seen images in stained glass windows of Jesus being worshipped in a manger, enthroned on high or ascended into heaven, and we have no problem imagining him healing the sick or teaching crowds. However, one image that we don’t come across very often is that of Jesus praying for us.
A wonderful implication of today’s verse is that Jesus is not just praying for everyone collectively as a group, but rather for each person individually. We can pick this up from the link between Jesus praying for us and his work of saving us completely. He came to this earth to save us, but the means of saving one person is likely to be quite different from the way another person may need saving. Our needs and situations are unique to us, and so is the prayer of Jesus.
This revelation of Jesus praying for us increases as we read that he always lives to intercede. In other words, whatever situation you may suddenly find yourself in, Jesus is not caught unaware; his prayer for you is constant and unfailing.
Whatever you might be feeling right now, however high or low, at this very moment Jesus is praying for you.
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