Jesus Prays for You
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. (Heb. 7:25)
Recently, at CrossPoint Lindsborg, I gave a message titled, Perseverance of Faith. It’s my favorite one thus far. No other sermon I’ve prepared has encouraged me more. With hopes set on encouraging the saints, I got incredibly encouraged myself by God’s Word! I had a general outline at the start of writing the sermon. As I studied and prepared about perseverance in the faith, God revealed something ground-breaking. I won’t share the whole sermon here of course, but I want to share a very heavy nugget of truth. It’s more like a boulder-sized nugget.
I’ve been able to understand that once we are saved in Christ, we are sealed (Eph. 1:13). And this means our salvation cannot be lost once it’s received. As it regards the gospel message, I understand that upon believing (in/on/through) Christ we are pardoned. Justification is instantaneous. Righteousness is granted. Forgiveness is once and for all. And this is so sweet! This is so true!
However, God revealed this same truth to me in a greater light. Not only do we have a secure salvation through revelation found in the gospel message, but also in real time—through the intercession of Christ.
Let me speak more as to what I mean.
The gospel message is perfect. Through it, we are shown that upon faith in Christ as Savior we are forgiven. Furthermore, we have a Bridegroom that prays continually for us. Hear this! Through the intercession of Christ, we are secure. In real time. Happening right now. Jesus prays for you. This is the ultimate reason why our faith will never totally fail in the end because Christ intercedes for us, according to the will of God.
This is pretty crazy if you think about it. How is God able to pray for every one of us? How is he really able to number the hairs on each of our heads (Luke 12:7)? How can God hear all of our prayers at the same time and be able to handle it? How can he simply speak the universe into existence?
This is our God.
In his hands, we will persevere in this life, but we will not showcase a perfect faith. We will persevere because Jesus intercedes for us at the right hand of God the Father (Rom. 8:34). Let this encourage you! Look at every person in the Bible besides God himself. They were imperfect at some point. Peter is a great example for us.
“Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” (Luke 22:31-32)
We know Peter’s faith fails for a second. He ends up denying Jesus in the crowd of accusers and mockers. However, his faith is eventually restored (John 21:15-19). Why did Peter’s faith not totally fail in the end? Jesus prayed for him. As Jesus prayed for Peter, he is praying for us.
Let this blow your mind.
As Christ prayed for Peter’s faith, he is praying for us—the church. Your faith, though imperfect and discouraging for a minute, will not totally fail in the end. It is given by God, held by God, and will be kept by God. It will be perfect in the end.
Have you felt the weight of failure? Know that this truth from God’s word has tremendous weight—the kind of weight that is good! Thanks be to God. Our faith is not something from within ourselves. It’s not something we are relying on ourselves to obtain. By his grace we are saved. And by this same grace, we stay saved. Jesus prays for you always.
I hope this big ole nugget encourages you in Christ. Let’s chat about it!