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Jesus Lives for Us

Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.  (He 7:25 NKJV)

Have you ever really thought about how much power Jesus has?  It is unfathomable to me really.  When I read this passage in Hebrews that compares the High Priest of Old Testament times to the High Priest we have in Jesus, it really comes to light.  Back then, the people of Israel had to make many a sacrifice on the altar to pay for their sins.  But now that is not necessary because Jesus' blood paid the price for all - once and for all.  Unlike regular men who were priests back in that day, Jesus' priesthood will never end because He will live and reign for all of eternity.  He has an unchangeable priesthood (He 7:24).

And I think the best thing of all is that not only did Jesus die for us but He lives for us as well.   He lives so that He can speak to God - make intercession - on our behalf for all of the things that we need.  We pray "in Jesus name" because He is the reason our prayers are even heard at all.  Jesus is the ultimate intercessor.

We can model Jesus in this way here on earth as well through intercessory prayer of our own.  Yes, we should pray for ourselves, but we also need to pray for others as well.  Do you have a prayer partner with whom you regularly share prayer requests?  Can you count on that person and can they count on you to pray when either of you cannot?  From my experience, it is a wonderful thing to have such a relationship. 

How can you make a difference in someone's life through prayer today by interceding for them as Jesus does for you?  Take some time today and pray for someone else.  Both of you will be blessed.

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