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Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.
— Romans 8:34
If you found yourself in a difficult passage in life, would it bring you some measure of comfort if Billy Graham called you? "This is Billy Graham. I wanted to talk to you. I heard you were going through a hard time. I would like to pray for you." And of course you answer, "Please do!"
So Billy Graham prays for you, with that unforgettable voice of his, bringing your name and needs before God. Wouldn't you feel good about that? When it was over, wouldn't you hang up the phone and say, "Wow. That was unreal. I feel so much better now."
Then let's say the phone rings again. "This is Pastor Chuck Smith. I heard you were experiencing some difficulties. May I pray for you?" So Chuck Smith prays for you. And then Chuck Swindoll calls, and he prays for you too! How would you feel? You would feel good. Three great men of God have personally called you on the phone and prayed for your needs by name.
Yet the Bible teaches that Someone much greater than these is already doing that very thing. Jesus Christ is praying for you. The Son of God is interceding for you. What's more, He's not just calling you on the phone, praying, and then leaving you alone again. Hebrews 7:25 tells us, "Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them."
He always lives to make intercession for you. He always prays for you. In fact, He's praying for you right now, at the right hand of His Father in heaven. Hebrews 9:24 says, "For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us." Jesus is interceding for you at this very moment.
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