Your Most Important Prayer Partner (Nov 6)

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From Open Up Your Heart by Jeff Syverson–available from the kindle store at Amazon.com

Nov 6

Your Most Important Prayer Partner

Today’s Scripture Readings: Psalm 119:121-128 | Ezekiel 14:12-16:42 | Hebrews 7:18-28 | Proverbs 27:4-6

Today’s Scripture Focus: Hebrews 7:18-28

Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them (Hebrews 7:25 NIV).

Along with the duties at the temple, handling the worship and sacrifices, priests in the Old Testament were to bless the people. Intercession was an important element in their job description. Jesus is the ultimate example of this as he is described in Hebrews as the Great High Priest. In speaking of his priesthood, the author of Hebrews tells us that Jesus “always lives to intercede” for us.

How can we be sure that our faith will endure? How can we be sure that we will persevere? We find great assurance in this: Jesus is “able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.” Jesus is interceding for you!

As we come to God in Jesus name, we join him in his work of intercession. What an incredible truth. You may feel alone in your prayers and intercession for those you love, but you are not alone. Jesus is there praying with you. You may feel alone as you pray, frustrated by the trials and temptations, wondering if you will overcome, but you are not alone. Jesus is there praying for you.

Take heart, be encouraged and continue on in your prayers. Know that you are not alone. Jesus is with you. He is your most important prayer partner.

Jesus, thank you for your ministry of intercession. Thank you for inviting me to join you in intercession. Teach me to pray. Place prayer burdens on my heart and help me to persevere in prayer. Amen.

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About pastorjeffsneighborhood

Born and raised in Minnesota, I have served in churches in Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon and California. I am a graduate of Crown College (MN) and George Fox Evangelical Seminary (OR). I have also done additional graduate studies in New Testament Studies at the Center for Advanced Theological Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary (CA). I am also a graduate of the College of Prayer. Having served as the Academic Dean and Program Director at Horizon Institute of Los Angeles for several years, I have returned to the pastorate and serve as Pastor of Big Trees Community Bible Church in Arnold, CA.
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