If Christ intercedes for you and He lives in you, then you have an ongoing prayer partner in Jesus!
The secret to connecting with Jesus in prayer is to become aware of His constant
advocacy for you.
My oldest brother is a lawyer who normally handles corporate law cases, but years
ago he agreed to write a letter for a friend who had gotten burned on a house
purchase. Mary, a single, 34-year-old woman who worked at a local crisis-assistance
ministry, had saved enough to buy a small house for about $50,000. Her newfound
joy of home ownership was interrupted by a disturbing letter from the city about a
water runoff problem in the neighborhood. The city was going to fix the problem,
but Mary had to cough up $1000.
The previous owner knew all about this problem but had hidden it from Mary at the
time of sale. My brother wrote the previous owner a letter on Mary’s behalf asking
him to pay $300 toward the city’s $1000 assessment. The seller refused. Baffled and
perturbed, my brother filed a lawsuit asking for $3000. The seller refused. It turned
into a week-long trial.
I hope you’ll check out the whole story on today’s broadcast (or read about it in
Lover of My Soul). You’ll find it hard to believe. The previous owner was found to
have committed a “deceptive act of commerce” and was ordered to pay $36,000 plus
all the attorney’s fees. The city also decided to fix the flooding problem for free.
Sometimes an advocate makes all the difference!
To intercede means to “go in between” on behalf of someone else. Christ has mediated a covenant on your behalf, and He continually advocates for your position as a forgiven child of God. He advocates for blessing on your behalf because He earned you the privilege of joint-inheritance with Him.
Jesus is your heavenly lawyer. He’s pleading your case for you. All you have to do is agree with
Him. That’s powerful prayer. Jesus is your prayer partner. And that’s the Gospel!