Summary: You are going to make it because Jesus Himself is praying for you. Our text tells us that Jesus does pray for us in heaven. We will also examine other passages that tell us how Jesus has prayed for us, and how He is praying still.
Someone Is Praying for You: Jesus Christ, Our Intercessor
Text: John 17 & Hebrews 7:23-25 23 Also there were many priests, because they were prevented by death from continuing. 24 But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood. 25 Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.
Intro: Isn’t it nice to know there are people who are behind you, backing you up, giving you the support you need? It is so encouraging to me as your pastor to have a sense that you are on board with where we are going as a church. Of course, if we were going in the wrong direction and you knew it, then I would want to hear from you as well.
-Many years ago, when I was in high school, I remember what it felt like to be running down the football field, knowing that I had the support, the cheers and encouragement, and the backing of the coach, parents and fans. They wanted me to do well and were encouraging me – rooting me on. It didn’t matter how daunting the opponent was. I was convinced I could do what needed to be done, because of others who thought I could do it also. Occasionally, however, I would overhear the comments of someone who didn’t think I should be in there. They didn’t believe I could get the job done. I’d hear, “Get him out of there! What’s he doing in there?” Obviously, that did not help my morale. I needed support and encouragement to keep me doing my best.
-Today I’d like to talk about a form of support and encouragement that is greater than a cheering crowd. It is better than a pat on the back from the coach. This encouragement is found in 5 little words: Someone is praying for you. I plan to speak 3 different times on this topic, because it is so essential. Tonight will be part 2, and 2 weeks from tonight will be the concluding message. Don’t you enjoy hearing someone say, “Hey, I’ve been praying for you,” and know that they really have? Just knowing they are thinking of you is helpful, but the real benefit comes from the prayers that are prayed on your behalf.
-The title of today’s message in this series is Jesus Christ, Our Intercessor.
Prop: The main idea I’d like to cover today is this: You are going to make it because Jesus Himself is praying for you.
Interrogative: If we are willing to accept the fact that Jesus does live to make intercession for us, what kind of prayer is Jesus praying to His Father for us?
TS: Our text tells us that Jesus does pray for us in heaven. We will also examine other passages that tell us how Jesus has prayed for us, and how He is praying still.
I. Jesus Prays for Our Strength & Protection (John 17:11,15)
Jn 17:11 Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name-- the name you gave me-
John 17:15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.
-The word keep or protect in v.11 means to keep someone unharmed. Keep or protect in v.15 speaks of guarding from or against someone. This would be like protection against an enemy. Jesus told Peter that He had prayed for Him, that his faith would not fail, and that the enemy had a design on him. Look at it in Luke 22.