by Jerry Vines

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A Sin Which Kills (19 of 20)
Series: Things Worth Knowing
Jerry Vines
1 John 5:16-17

One of the greatest blessings God has given to us in the Christian life is the privilege of prayer. The Bible teaches that it is possible for you and for me to come into the very presence of God and talk to God in prayer. I guess that's the most meaningful definition of prayer to me -- prayer is talking to God. Prayer is asking of God.

As you grow in your Christian life you will come to understand that the subject of prayer includes many facets or aspects. In I Timothy 2:1 it says, ''I exhort therefore, that first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men.'' So there are many facets and aspects of prayer. Sometimes we just adore God when we pray. At other times, we give thanksgiving to God when we pray. Did you notice one of the words I gave in I Timothy 2? He uses the word, intercessions. Intercessions is one of the aspects of prayer. It is a kind of prayer.

What does the word, intercession, mean? It means to pray for someone else. It means to intercede on behalf of someone else. The Bible tells us that when Jesus Christ rose from the dead and ascended back to the heavenly Father, He became our Intercessor. In Hebrews 7:25 it says, ''Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.'' I can consciously remember the first time I found in the Bible that Jesus is right now, currently, praying for me. It was a great encouragement to my heart. What a thrill to know that our Savior, the Lord Jesus, is alive and that He is praying for us.

In Romans 8:34 the Bible says, ''...Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.'' That means Jesus knows what you are going through and He is praying for you. That means that Jesus Christ is concerned and interested in e ...

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