In the past few weeks, my heart has been burdened to pray for others who are going through difficulties in their lives. And today, as another difficult situation was brought to me, I realized that there are not enough hours in my day for prayer.
Paul said we are to “pray continually” (1 Thessalonians 5:17), and while I would like to be in prayer constantly, I simply can’t. My human frailty prevents me from praying all day every day. I have to meet my physical needs of rest and nourishment. I have to meet my job responsibilities, and I have family obligations as well. When all those needs are met, I am tired and need sleep. Fortunately, when I am too weak to continue in prayer, God in Christ continues in prayer on behalf of those I have put before Him. Jesus Christ lives eternally to pray continually for the world and its needs. The Lord never forgets those friends I lift before Him. He prays until the Father answers. And He prays for us all the time, every day both now and in eternity.
“Therefore He is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because He always lives to intercede for them” (Hebrews 7:25). Jesus Christ lives in the eternal kingdom praying before God on our behalf. What we cannot finish in prayer, Christ completes. Therefore, every prayer we utter to Christ, Christ brings before the Father for us.
When we are weak in prayer, Christ remains strong in prayer. When we tire in prayer, Christ remains strong in prayer. When we forget to pray, Christ always remembers to pray. Christ “prays continually” for us before the Father through the Spirit.
Denise Larson Cooper has a passion for Christ and sharing His Word. A wife and mother of two daughters, Denise currently works as a gymnastic coach.
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