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Day 3 – Together in Intercession – Bethel Week of Prayer
Day 3: Together in Intercession

Imagine you are moments away from an interview for a new job. As you sit in the lobby, constantly checking the time, you look up and see a familiar face. It’s your great friend Bob from church! He asks why you’re at the business and you tell him you’re waiting for an interview for a job with the boss. Surprisingly, Bob says, “I know the boss! Don’t worry, I’ll put in a good word for you. I know him personally and I’ll put my name down as a reference for you.” Bob walks away and your nerves slowly go with him and you feel a sense of peace.

There’s a biblical word for what Bob just did for you—he interceded for you. To intercede means “to go between two parties, or to appeal to someone on behalf of someone else.” Today, Jesus is our Great High Priest who is interceding for those who have faith in him. Christ stands between you and the Father and pleads your innocence on account of his righteousness.

In Hebrews 7, we see Jesus’ ministry of intercession on full display and with great clarity. Jesus is compared with the Old Testament priest-king named Melchizedek, and the judgment the writer of Hebrews makes is that Jesus is greater than Melchizedek because Jesus was without sin and defeated death! Look at Hebrews 7:23-25 (ESV),

“The former priests were many in number because they were prevented by death from continuing in office, but he holds his priesthood permanently because he continues forever. Consequently, 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.”

There is gospel truth in that last line, “since he always lives.” Jesus died and rose to new, eternal life. And the life he lives is devoted to interceding on our behalf. Jesus’ ministry now is to stand between us and God and plead with God to look favorably upon us and work all things together for our good and God’s glory. When we pray, we remember that we have an advocate interceding for us in heaven, Jesus Christ (1 John 2:1). What a powerful friend to have!

This is a ministry that we see modeled by Christ and one that we participate in on behalf of our brothers and sisters in Christ. Paul told Timothy, “I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people” (1 Timothy 2:1). To the church in Ephesus, he wrote, “Keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel” (Ephesians 6:18-19).

It’s a privilege for us to lift up the needs of one another to the Lord. It’s the ministry of Christ (Hebrews 7:25), and it’s the ministry of the church (Ephesians 6:18-19). Today, check in with someone and ask how you can pray for them. Then go between them and the Lord and plead for them to know God’s presence, his righteousness, his provision, and his love.

  • Pray for the families of Bethel Church that desire to have children but are currently unable to.
  • Pray for Verge Student Ministries and their desire for students to know Christ. Pray for Pastor Andrew Moffit, Bill Hillegonds, Chris Ferrill, Daniel Asher, Foster Toft, Samantha Stooksbury, and Scott Erwin as they lead the ministry.
  • Pray for Bethel Men who gather across the campuses and encourage one another. Pray for iron to sharpen iron in these gatherings.
  • Pray for Women of the Word and for Kim McCool, Lauri Mollema, Kristin Jacobsen, Gail Morris, and Joy Kats who are encouraging our women to dig into the deep truths of God’s Word. Pray for the Word of Christ to dwell in them richly.
  • Pray that God would grant Pastor Steve and our campus pastors—Dan, Jared, Dexter, and Tim—power in teaching and preaching, and particularly, that he would give them insights and understanding.
  • Pray for our missions partner, Ashraf Abuatieh. Pray for his efforts to assist local churches in Northern Iraq and Kurdistan through caring for the elderly, providing drinking water, and leadership training.
  • Pray for missions partners, Matt and Sarah Demateo, as they continue to see the Lord meet their needs.
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