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“It is a consoling thought that Christ is praying for us, even when we are negligent in our prayer life; that He is presenting to the Father those spiritual needs which were not present to our minds and which we often neglect to include in our prayers; and that He prays for our protection against the dangers of which we are not even conscious, and against the enemies which threaten us, though we do not notice it. He is praying that our faith may not cease, and that we may come out victoriously in the end. (Berkhoff, Systematic Theology p. 403)

“If I could hear Christ praying for me in the next room, I would not fear a million enemies. Yet distance makes no difference. He is praying for me. (Robert Murray M’Cheyne p. 179)

How can these blessed realities but drive us close to the Savior, even to his chest like the Apostle John? He is more committed to his sheep than his sheep are to him. We lag and linger but he is praying while we slumber. The truth of Jesus’ ceaseless, fervent, impassioned, hearty, and successful intercession on my behalf calibrates my wayward heart afresh to the glories of Christ and drops fresh dew from heaven on my earth scorched lips.

The former priests, on the one hand, existed in greater numbers because they were prevented by death from continuing, but Jesus, on the other hand, because He continues forever, holds His priesthood permanently. Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. Hebrews 7.23-25)

Who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. (Romans 8.34)

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5 thoughts on “If I could hear Christ praying in the next room, I would not fear a million enemies!”

  1. John says:

    Thanks for the reminder of such an incredible truth. M’Cheyne’s remark really moves me (and I always love Berkhof!). How different would I live if I really believed what I say I believe?

  2. Michele says:

    Does “intercede” mean prayer? I always thought his intercession was a mediator position. I know the Holy Spirit prays with us, with groans that cannot be uttered, but never thought of Jesus doing so as well.
    If this is true, it’s beautiful and comforting, and I want to remember it.

    1. Tim says:

      Sister-in-Christ Michele,
      An emphatic, sweet “yes” to your question. What the Word says of any Person of the Trinity, it says of all of them. Take comfort then….

  3. Aimee Byrd says:

    This gave me a picture in my mind that will serve as a better reminder of my best advocate. Thank you.

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