February 11 – Interceding for Others

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Intercession in its purest form simply means standing before God on someone’s behalf.  It has its origin in the Levitical Priesthood.  Once a year the high priest would enter into the Holy Place to offer the atoning sacrifice for the sins of the people.  He literally stood between God and man, bridging the gap in their relationship.

In the Old Testament, God gave Moses strict and detailed orders about the garments of the priest, the manner of his entrance unto God, and a host of other intricacies concerning the entire process.  Such detail shows the high value God places upon intercession.

Every time we pray for others, we are in essence standing in the gap between them and the divine.  The work of intercession is serious business in the economy of God.  As Oswald Chambers said, “Jesus Christ carries on intercession for us in heaven; the Holy Ghost carries on intercession in us on earth; and we the saints have to carry on intercession for all men.”

Somebody somewhere needs someone to pray for them.  I am sure at this moment you can think of someone who is lost, someone who is sick, someone who is struggling.  More times than not, those in need have difficulty praying for themselves.  They need someone to approach the throne of grace on their behalf to be an instrument of intercession.

Daily Reading: Numbers 1-2