Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died–more than that, who was raised to life–is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Romans 8:34
My husband gently took my arm and whispered, “Step, step, ok level ground.” We were out after dark walking into an unfamiliar building. My degenerative eye disease had progressed and was affecting every part of my day. One afternoon in desperation to grade my son’s math homework, I tried to patch my left eye which was seeing four of every image and then use a magnifying glass.
On a weekly basis, friends would encourage me that they were praying for me – praying that I would see well again. While I appreciated those prayers, I was content. I had wrestled with God for ten years and knew He was good and would work my impending blindness for good.
Then, almost two years ago at a routine doctor’s appointment, the retinal specialist told me about a new procedure I could possibly be a candidate for. Amidst countless tests and doctor appointments, I had to wear thick glasses that left me unable to see past the end of my outstretched hand for the four months leading up to surgery.
There were no guarantees throughout this process the procedure would work. But it did. It’s my own little miracle. The quality of my life is dramatically improved. I renewed my driver’s license. I can read, watch tv and see the monitor to write. I think that’s why I love coloring so much – I would have never been able to see well enough to color between the lines before my surgeries. I still have the underlying disease and visual disturbances and double vision that go with that, but I got my life back.
I believe God answered the prayers of those who interceded on my behalf. How blessed I feel to have friends who prayed endlessly for me. It encourages and strengthens my faith to pray for others. But, while we are all here on earth praying for each other did you know Jesus is in heaven praying for us? That blows my mind. Jesus loves me enough to pray for me! Whoa.
Jesus prays for us
An intercessor is a mediator who pleads on another’s behalf. Jesus is our defense attorney. When the enemy accuses us, Jesus is sitting at the right hand of God defending us. By His blood, we are not condemned. So when the enemy comes and whispers lies like, “You are a failure. You are not good enough. If they knew what you did…” Jesus says, “Nope. By my blood you are clean.”
When Jesus died on the cross He interceded for the penalty of our sin. Now He sits at God’s right hand interceding for us. Jesus prays that we will be kept from sin, progress in holiness and for our glorification. (John 17:15,17,24)
Bible Verses on Jesus praying for us
Luke 22:32 “But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”
Lam. 3:58 “O Lord, You have pleaded my soul’s cause; You have redeemed my life.”
Heb 7:25 “Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him because he always lives to intercede for them.”
A prayer Jesus prays for us
I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
“Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.
“Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.” John 17:20-26