Written by Rachel Denison
“Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.” –Romans 8:
“Consequently, 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.” –Hebrews 7:25
This morning as I spent time pouring my heart out in prayer for my husband and our family-- for all the pressure and craziness of transitions, God quietly reminded me of a profound truth and reality. Jesus, my King and Lord, is praying for me.
Tears pricked my eyes, and do even now, as I allowed that reality to settle into my heart. This is something I want to treasure, something I want to hold dearly in my heart and meditate on day and night. What a gift.
My initial thought was, “Wow. I am so thankful. I feel so covered.” My second thought was, “I wonder what he’s praying?”
As my creative imagining began to drift I started to see an image in my mind. Jesus was on his knees before the Father, watching over me. Initially I imagined him being annoyed that he has to pray the same things for me over and over and over. I pictured him grudgingly saying, “Why doesn’t she just get it already?”—referring to my constant cycles of believing lies and sin.
As I began to wallow for a second, I felt him gently correct my heart. In kindness he told me to ask him to hear his prayers over me. “Okay, Jesus,” I thought. “Would you let me hear your constant prayers over me?”
He is so kind.
His precious, gentle prayers sound just like that of an adoring bridegroom or compassionate father. Not only that, I could hear the smile in his voice. Do you know what I mean? When you’re on the phone with someone, and you can hear them talking through a great big grin?
Well, that’s how he’s praying over me—with a great big grin and a patient heart full of compassion, fully hoping in assurance of faith over me.
He isn’t annoyed or tired of me. What a gift. A love unlike anything we truly know here on earth. Christ is eternally overjoyed with us. Thank you God.
So if you ever wonder if you’re loved or enough simply ask Jesus to let you hear his incessant intercession over you. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” -1 Corinthians 13:4-7
“God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” -1 John 4:8b-10