Intercession is not Prayer

“Christ Jesus … is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us” – Romans 8:34.

Our great High Priest has been the unique Intercessor. None but He could be a propitiation for our sins. But we also, as priests, have a law of intercession to fulfil, and this helps us to get a clear sight of it. To be kings and priests is our high calling, a royal priesthood. But first a priest, as He was first the High Priest. And that means identification, intercession, and finally authority.

Intercession has often been mistaken by many as a heightened form of prayer. But it is something different. An intercessor was sought for by God in the Old Testament times of desperate national backsliding, as someone whom He could rely on to turn the tide, a task of no mean order. In Isaiah’s day God “wondered that there was no intercessor”; in Ezekiel’s time He “sought for a man among them that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap.” In other words, all those dedicated men through Bible history, who knew their redemptive commission, who gave themselves without stint to the fulfilment of it – which involved them in all kinds of eccentric renunciations and strange activities for God’s glory and man’s salvation – were intercessors.

By Norman Grubb

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