Where: At this very moment, Jesus is sitting at the right hand of the throne on high, which is the place of cosmic authority and ultimate favor with the Father. He left his disciples, saying, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” . Jesus may have all authority and be with us always, but what is he doing?
What: The writer of Hebrews tells us that Jesus is praying for us constantly: “He is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them” . In other words, the Son is going before the Father and lifting us up in prayer minute-by-minute. And he is able to do this because he purchased the right of intercession with his blood on the cross. This is astonishing … Yet what is he praying?
How: Perhaps the most fundamental thing that Jesus prays for us is that we would continue to draw near to God. That our desire to be with him would not weaken or grow cold. That our faith may not fail. This is the type of disciple that his parting words are calling us to make. For we are like Peter, who was told by Jesus, “Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail” .
Prayer: Lord, We approach your throne through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who lives to intercede for us. You have given him all authority in heaven and on earth and, instead of using that to rule with an iron fist, he uses it to be with us always and to pray for us constantly. What manner of love is this! Today, in our sin, remind us that we have an advocate before you. That he prays for our faith not to fail. That we may have a calm courage to make disciples of all nations. For our great security and hope in this world is that Jesus our Lord is our high priest before you. Amen.
Audio: Bible Listening
Genesis 29 (4:43 minutes) – here
Matthew 28 (2:37 minutes) – here