What do you think of when it comes to your prayer life? Do you ever question if your praying the right thing or with the correct motives? Sometime it can be really hard to know that we are really praying God’s will and not just something selfish. In Hebrews 7:25 we read this verse ‘He (Jesus) is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.
This verse says that Jesus always lives to make intercession for us. What does this really mean? I used to have this picture that this meant that Jesus is seated at the Father’s right hand today, praying all the time for us, waiting and hoping that the Father will do something for us. Like He is trying to convince the Father to do good for us. But clearly it’s not this because the Father’s love is so strong as is his will to bless us!
If we look at what Jesus prayed when He stood before Lazarus’ tomb. He declared, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me.” (John 11:41) He prayed these words even before Lazarus came forth from his tomb alive. Jesus knew that what He said would come to pass because the Father always hears Him. (John 11:42). So what does “Jesus always lives to make intercession for us” mean?
Because Jesus is our High Priest as we see in Hebrews 4:14 and since we are considering the tabernacle together. We get a picture of what happens when we pray when we understand what the high priest in the Old Testament did with the burnt offering of a bird. (Leviticus 1:14–17)
We can imagine the he birds brought to the high priest are like a picture or symbol of our prayers “flying” to the Lord Jesus because we pray to the Father in Jesus’ name. Now, in Leviticus we see that the high priest removes the bird’s feathers after killing it. Jesus as our high priest interceding on our behalf, removes all that is superfluous and unclean from our prayers, such as unbelief and self-centeredness.
Then, just as the high priest offers the bird as a burnt sacrifice, a sweet aroma to the Lord, Jesus our High Priest adds His perfection, beauty, excellence and fragrance, which the Father so delights in, to our prayers. That is how He presents our prayers to the Father. That is how He lives to make intercession for you.
That is why we don’t need to run to a church leader or a high priest to get our prays heard “more powerfully”. You can pray yourself. Jesus gives His personal touch to your prayer, offering them in the perfect way to the Father.