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Living to Pray for You

February 12, 2011

Again, from the helpful daily devotional at the website of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, based on reflections of Octavius Winslow:

Bible Verse “He always lives to make intercession for them” (Heb. 7:25).

Devotional How sweet and comforting to the believer is this view of our exalted Immanuel in the hour of grief, or when confined in loneliness, or when languishing in sickness! You may be too deeply absorbed in sorrow for your anguished spirit to speak in prayer. Your body may be so weakened by disease and racked by pain that it renders your mind incapable of close and coherent spiritual thought. Oh, how sweet then is the intercession of Jesus! To know that, in the hour of your soul’s extremity, when human sympathy and power are exhausted, Jesus “has entered … into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf” (Heb. 9:24), pleading for you, his suffering child! And, when all utterance has failed on earth, and your heart is broken, and your lips are sealed, then to look up and see your elder Brother—the Brother born for your adversity—the exalted High Priest, waving the golden censer before the throne while the cloud of his atoning merit goes up before the mercy-seat, bearing your person, your name, your circumstances, and your needs—you, the sufferer below. Precious gospel, that opens to the eye of faith so sweet a scene as this! Even when you cannot think of him, afflicted soul, he is always thinking of you. Even when you cannot pray to him, he is always praying for you, for “he always lives to make intercession.”

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