I’m praying for you…

These are wonderful words to hear from any brother or sister.    Think of the words of the prophet Samuel as he was passing of the scene, “Far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by ceasing to pray for you.” (1 Samuel 12:23)  The Bible informs us that one of the duties of  elders is to give themselve to  prayer(Acts 6:4).  But the most delightful truth regarding prayer is the intercession of the Son of God on our behalf.

In his “Morning Thoughts” for June 2, Octavius Winslow writes:

We must not overlook the individuality of our Lord’s intercession. As if forgetting for that moment the whole Church, and regarding Peter as representing in his person each tempted believer, Jesus makes him the especial object of His prayer. How much comfort do we lose in overlooking this truth- in not more distinctly recognizing the personal interest which each believer has in the love of Christ! “My grace is sufficient for you;” “I have prayed for you,” are the gracious words with which Jesus would meet each individual case. Think not then, O believer, that you are alone, unloved, uncared for, unthought of- Jesus bears you upon His heart; and if loved, and cared for, and remembered by Him, you can afford to part with some creature stream, however loved and valued that stream may be. Keep your eye intently fixed upon your Lord’s intercession.

We too much lose ourselves in the crowd, and merge ourselves in the mass. We forget alike our individual interest in the covenant, and our personal obligation to glorify God in our different walks of life. But it is the especial privilege of the believer to concentrate upon himself, as in focal power, every thought and affection of God, just as the eye of a well-executed portrait may be said to fasten itself exclusively upon each individual in the room. “I have prayed for you.” O cheering declaration! Christian reader, lose not sight of it. Come and lay your hand of faith upon the covenant of grace, and say, “the fulness of the covenant is mine.” Lay your hand upon the covenant of God, and say, “the God of the covenant is mine; Jesus, its Mediator, is my Savior. He obeyed, suffered, bled, and expired, all for me. ‘He has loved me, and has given Himself for me.’ Lord! Do you think of me? Does my case come up before Your notice? do You bear my burden upon Your arm, my sorrow upon Your heart, my name upon Your lips; and do You pray for my poor, assaulted, and trembling faith? Yes, Lord, You do. I believe it, because You have said it, and press the precious truth, so rich in consolation, to my trembling, grateful heart.”

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2 responses to “I’m praying for you…

  • MarieP

    This is such a glorious truth!! In fact, I wonder how I ever could have lived my pre-Reformed days without thinking about it that often (I’m sure I’d run across it along the way, but never so much as now!) Ironic since the hymn that perhaps most highlights this truth was written by Charles Wesley (Arise My Soul Arise). It’s blessed enough to meditate upon the fact that Jesus died for me and rose again for me, but to think that He ever lives to make intercession for me reminds me that the cross and empty tomb weren’t just merely something Jesus did for me so long ago and what I first believed in when I was converted. No, my Savior lives and applies that blood and gives me strength for daily life. I love what M’Cheyne said, “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!”

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