INTERCESSORS LIKE CHRIST

SEPTEMBER 14

          “Stay on good terms with each other, held together by love.  Be ready with a meal or a bed when it’s needed.  Why, some have extended hospitality to angels without ever knowing it!  Regard prisoners as if you were in prison with them.  Look on victims of abuse as if what happened to them had happened to you.”  Hebrews 13:1-3  The Message Bible.

          Pastor Larry Jackson, who wrote the book, Numbered with the Transgressors, shares the concept of intercessory prayer as being the time when we identify fully with those for whom we are praying. He describes several instances where he was led to pray for certain people and experienced their need as if he were going through the battle with them.

          We are reminded that we have an Intercessor in heaven, seated at the right hand of the Father, who feels our sufferings and needs, for he has already borne those things for us.  Our high priest, Jesus Christ, is touched by the feelings of our infirmities. He knows, even before we do, how it hurts and what it will take to heal it.

          This passage in Hebrews reminds us that we are called upon to pray daily for the world around us, but that also those prayers need to take legs, and walk out our salvation with faith and assurance that God will use us to touch a life today.

          Today, you may see someone at work, or maybe the neighbor across the street that God calls you to pray for.  He will place a burden of intercession on you to take their cross and share it with them.  He will give you the insight and wisdom to touch them at their point of need.

          Tuesday’s are such a challenge.  After being with God’s people and enjoying His presence, it is time to go where Jesus would go and touch the people Jesus would touch. Who will you touch today with God’s Blessings?

          Pastor Don

 

A very nervous man, accompanied by his nagging wife, was examined by a doctor.

After checking the chart, he nodded and wrote the man a prescription for a powerful tranquilizer.

The man asked, “How often do I take these.”

“Let’s start off with once every six hours. But they’re not for you.” replied the doctor. “They’re for your wife.”

 

One time I passed a coworker on the way to work and noticed she had a headlight out. When I told her that “one of her headlights” was out she asked, “Front or back.”

 

A co-worker told his sister she should have the tires rotated on her car.  Without skipping a beat, she said, “But don’t they do that when I’m driving?”

 

A boy is about to go on his first date, and is nervous about what to talk about. He asks his father for advice.

The father replies: “My son, there are three subjects that always work. These are food, family, and philosophy.”

The boy picks up his date and they go to a soda fountain.

Ice cream sodas in front of them, they stare at each other for a long time, as the boy’s nervousness builds, he remembers his father’s advice, and chooses the first topic.

He asks the girl: “Do you like potato pancakes?”

She says “No,” and the silence returns.

After a few more uncomfortable minutes, the boy thinks of his father’s suggestion and turns to the second item on the list.

He asks, “Do you have a brother?”

Again, the girl says “No” and there is silence once again.

The boy then plays his last card. He thinks of his father’s advice and asks: “If you had a brother, would he like potato pancakes?”