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Pray Because Jesus Is Our Great High Priest

December 5, 2016

We have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God. (Hebrews 4:14)

If we have an important conversation, we are often grateful to have someone else with us. Is there someone who can come with us who knows the person we will be meeting with better than we do?

This is how Moses felt when God sent him to speak to Pharaoh. God sent Aaron, the High Priest, with him. Who will go with us when we go into the throne room of Almighty God?

Hebrews says “we have a great high priest.” Think about this: Jesus Christ is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he is there for us. When you pray, you ascend by faith into heavenly places, where Christ is.

Christ is next to the Father, and when you pray, you are next to Christ. He is there for you, and when you speak, he is there with you! He is there, endorsing what you’re saying, placing his name under what you’re asking.

The Christian never prays alone.  You pray to the Father, with the Son, in the Spirit. Bonhoeffer says, “He [Jesus Christ] wants to pray with us and to have us pray with him, so that we may be confident and glad that God hears us.”

Come to the Father with Jesus beside you. He is there to support you in your prayer, to back you up in what you are saying, and to agree with your prayer, because it has already been his own.

How does this motivate you or encourage you, personally, to pray?


The Author
Kristen Wetherell

Kristen Wetherell is a writer and Bible teacher. She has previously served as content manager of Unlocking the Bible. She is the author, along with Sarah Walton, of Hope When It Hurts: Biblical Reflections to Help You Grasp God’s Purpose in Your Suffering (The Good Book Company, April 2017). She blogs at her website, and you can follow her on Twitter. She and her husband Brad are parents to their sweet daughter and members of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in Itasca, Ill.

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