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The Honor Of Setting The Time

By Quasiblogo · Feb 23, 2021 ·
  1. It is a privilege for the saints to be prayed for by other believers. Even unbelievers can have the blessing of being prayed for. The latter case is described in the Book of Exodus 8:8-9

    8 Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron
    and said, "Pray to the Lord to take the
    frogs away from me and my people
    , and
    I will let your people go to offer
    sacrifices to the Lord ."
    9 Moses said to Pharaoh, "I leave to you
    the honor of setting the time for me to
    pray for you and your officials and your
    people
    that you and your houses may
    be rid of the frogs, except for those that
    remain in the Nile."

    The blessing of being prayed for is knowing that God hears and God answers, as we see in Exodus 8:12-13

    12 After Moses and Aaron left Pharaoh,
    Moses cried out to the Lord about the
    frogs he had brought on Pharaoh.
    13 And the Lord did what Moses asked.
    The frogs died
    in the houses, in the
    courtyards and in the fields.

    Nowadays, there is an even greater honor than being prayed for by Moses. Yes, “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective” (James 5:16). But Messiah Jesus literally couldn’t wait to ascend to His Father after the Resurrection. In John 14:12-15, the Apostle recounts that before Messiah's crucifixion and rising from the dead, He said to his disciples

    12 I tell you the truth, anyone who has
    faith in me will do what I have been
    doing
    . He will do even greater things
    than these, because I am going to the
    Father.
    13 And I will do whatever you ask in my
    name, so that the Son may bring glory
    to the Father
    .
    14 You may ask me for anything in my
    name, and I will do it.

    15 "If you love me, you will obey what I
    command
    .

    Our Lord emphatically communicated to the disciples that in the future, he would be ready, willing and able to intercede on their behalf. Believers should expect the same in a spirit of reverence. The marvelous knowledge of Messiah’s intercession is tempered and tethered by the encouraging caveats in verse 12 and 15: that we will be “doing” and that we will “obey”. These commands to act, within belief, make it quite clear that the act of asking to do such and such will be coupled by the fruit of the Spirit in our lives.

    It is an honor for believers to freely petition Jesus in prayer. We do so because “He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them” (Hebrews 7:25).

    Moses left in Pharoah's hands “the honor of setting the time” for Moses to pray for him. We now have a greater honor, that of being able to pray to God, with Jesus’ intercession, at any time and any place:

    16 Be joyful always;
    17 pray continually;
    18 give thanks in all circumstances, for
    this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

    In our Savior, the honor is timeless.
    __________
    Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture is taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION ®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by Permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved. Any bold, underlined, italicized, and bracketed and footnoted Scripture are mine.

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