Friday, January 29, 2016

God is our Intercessor.

My mom is a prayer warrior. She taught me to pray using the ACTS model:

Adoration: Praise of God for who He is
Confession: Repentance for personal and corporate sin

Thanksgiving: Thanking God for blessings and for answered prayer
Supplication: Making requests of God

[The Moms in Prayer, "Four Steps of Prayer" article explains each step (by different names) in more depth.]

I like to use my adoration time to reflect on a specific aspect of God's character, as supported by scripture. This week, I chose to reflect on God as Intercessor. According to The Navigator's website, attribute means that, "knowing our temptations, God the Son intercedes for us. He opens the doors for us to boldly ask God the Father for mercy. Thus, God is both the initiation and conclusion of true prayer."

Below are the verses I found that reflect this attribute of God:

Isaiah 53:12
Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

Romans 8:26-27
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.

Romans 8:34
Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.

Hebrews 4:14-16
Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Hebrews 7:25
Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.

(All verses from The New International Version, 2011)

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