Thursday, December 05, 2013

HAS JESUS PRAYED FOR YOU?

Has Jesus prayed for you? 

Knowing what was about to happen, Jesus said to Peter, "Simon, Simon, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat. But I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail..." Lk 22:31,32

And Hebrews says of Jesus our High Priest, "He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them." 

Hey, the thought occurs to me that maybe a prayer is part of being saved. I don't mean as the denominations teach, erroneously that a prayer alone saves, but besides the "calling on His name" in Baptism (don't believe it, see Acts 2:21,38; 22:16; 1 Peter 3:21), but also the intercessory prayer of Jesus for our salvation. It says, "He is able to save forever those who draw near to God through Him (prayer in water baptism, still don't believe it, add Col. 2:12 to those other verses) since He always lives to make INTERCESSION for them."

The Scriptures teach us that our sole mediator is Jesus, and He's at the right hand of God, making intercession for those who have faith to call on God. At the Father's right hand is an advantageous position for us in need of salvation. The one that understands our weaknesses and is able to sympathize (Heb 4:15) is right there at the right hand ready to hear us draw near to God through prayer.

Has Jesus prayed for you lately? We know the Devil would love to sift us like wheat. We know the purpose of his temptations and the vexations he puts in our path. But draw near to God and Jesus will be right there, speaking into the ear of the Father on your behalf.

AND IT SHALL BE THAT EVERYONE WHO CALLS ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.’ Acts 2:21 is combined with...
"Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
" Acts 2:38

-- The question to ask is 'how do I call on Him?" and Peter answers it in vs 38

"‘Now why do you delay? Get up and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His name.'" Acts 22:16

-- When did Saul "call on the name of the Lord"? When he was baptized.

"21 Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you—not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience—through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who is at the right hand of God, having gone into heaven, after angels and authorities and powers had been subjected to Him." 1 Peter 3:21,22.

Baptism saves you, Peter says. This is the same Baptism Jesus commanded in Matthew 28:19 and Mark 16:16. This is the same Baptism Peter commanded in Acts 2:38. As Noah was saved through the waters of the flood, so the sinner who appeals to God for a clean conscience is saved in Baptism. And verse 22 says that Jesus is right there, at the right hand of the Father, right where we need a mediator, able to make intercession for those who call on God for salvation.

So if you are lost, if you have been straying, turn to God and be saved. Repent of sin, confessing them to the Father, while you are being immersed into the watery grave of Baptism. Is it not inspiring and stirring to you that Jesus, who prayed for Peter, also lives always to make intercession for you!

Said with love,
Dan Mayfield

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