Heb 7:25 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.
Now our text
tells us that somebody is praying for us, and the somebody is our risen
Savior. That is the only meaning which our text can have, and with all
its mystery we thankfully accept it.
We light on the same truth again in
the song of triumph in the eighth of Romans. John, too, in his old age,
dwelt on the consolation of that thought (1Jo 2:1). And if we only let
it sink into our hearts, we find it the good news of God.
forget us in their prayers; there is One in heaven who never does
Others may fail us when their lamp burns low; He ever liveth.
are engirdled by the prayers of One who loves us and has the ear of God
and therefore is able to save unto the uttermost.
was this ministry begun in heaven; it was carried over from the days on
earth. Our Lord on earth was an interceding Savior.
One remembers His
words to Simon Peter recorded in the Gospel of St. Luke: "Simon, Satan
hath desired to have thee, but I have prayed for thee that thy faith
And if our Lord so prayed when He was here, why should it be
thought a thing incredible that He would continue that ministry in
Does not Satan desire to have us just as he desired to have
Simon? And often when our foot has wellnigh slipped, have we not escaped
out of the fowler's snare?
And why should we be charged with being
mystical because we adoringly ascribe our rescue to the intercession of
the risen Lord?
Did He not say, "I will pray the Father, and He shall
give you another Comforter"?
Have we never experienced with an inward
certainty that in the hour of need that Comforter has come?
enduements of the Holy Spirit, whether for service or for suffering, are
intimations of a praying Savior.
Again, we remember
another intercession, "Father, forgive them, they know not what they
do." And if He prayed that prayer when on the cross, we may be perfectly
certain that forgiveness followed.
Did not He say beside the grave of
Lazarus, "I knew that thou hearest me always"?
How little any of us know
what we are doing! How often we say, "If I had only known!" Hence
springs remorse and agony of conscience and thoughts which reproach us
in the silent night.
In such seasons, may we not lift our hearts to Him
who ever lives to intercede and hear Him praying for our human ignorance
as once He prayed upon the cross?
So much of our sin is not deliberate.
Evil is wrought by want of thought. We are such ignorant and foolish
beings that we can rarely follow our actions to their issues.
But He is
praying for us just as He prayed on Calvary, and He is able to save unto
the uttermost because He ever liveth to make intercession for us.
then one thinks what this implies, for prayer is never an isolated
Whenever anybody prays for you, it means that he bears you on his
When a mother prays for her boy who is a prodigal, that is a
token that she loves him still. When a sister prays for a brother who is
careless, that means that he is very dear to her.
If our Lord is
praying for us in His ascension, that tells us He has not forgotten us
but is eager to help us in our need.
Prayers that do not lead to action
are mockeries. True prayer issues in endeavor.
Unless we are willing to
help the man we pray for, our prayers are nothing else than empty
Thus do we find assurance of His help when the way is dark and
the heart is very sore, in the good news with which the Gospel rings,
that He ever liveth to make intercession for us.
~George H. Morrison~