â€œWho is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.â€ (Romans 8:34)
One of the most glorious truths of the Christian life is that the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for our sins and rose for our justification, now lives to intercede for us before God. The greatest example of intercessory prayer in the Bible is in John 17, where the Lord poured out His heart for His disciples. â€œI pray for them,â€ He said, â€œI pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thineâ€ (John 17:9). But that was not all! â€œNeither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their wordâ€ (John 17:20). And thatâ€™s us! That includes us!
What is it that He prays for us? First of all, He prays for ourÂ security. â€œHoly Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we areâ€ (John 17:11). Then He prays that we might have realÂ victoryÂ over sin and the devil. â€œI pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil [or â€˜the evil oneâ€™]â€ (John 17:15).
His next request is: â€œSanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truthâ€ (John 17:17). OurÂ sanctificationÂ will come, therefore, not through some special experience, but through Godâ€™s Word. He also prays for trueÂ unityÂ among His true disciples: â€œThat they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent meâ€ (John 17:21).
Finally, He prays for our ultimateÂ glorification. â€œFather, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given meâ€ (John 17:24).
We can be assured that the Father will grant these requests of His beloved Son. HMM