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Jesus Is Praying For You

Romans 8

I don’t think I have ever realized the powerful words of this chapter in Romans as I have of recent days. I hope you will read the entire chapter 8 of Romans. My mind has gone to so many in the past six months such as my Uncle Paul and Aunt Dorothy who passed away, Toni’s mother who is transitioning to her true home, Michael dealing with physical problems, Carolyn’s cousin who is transitioning to Heaven, Teresa dealing with her heart attack, my mother dealing with physical issues, Dean & Mary dealing with pain, my Aunt Paulette who deals with excruciating pain 24/7, Mark’s mother, Ruth, who is dealing with stage 4 cancer, Diane who is dealing with a terminal disease and who has contemplated suicide, Kerri, whose father passed away and deals daily with a mentally ill mother, and others too numerous to pen who are dealing with pain, both mental or physical. It makes my heart ache so. Oh, how I wish I had the power to take the pain away, but I don’t. Sometimes I feel so powerless and truth is … I am. Have you ever felt that way? You pray until there are no more words, you cry until there are no more tears. It’s a terrible feeling.

I look at these bodies and am reminded that we weren’t meant to last forever, and humanly that makes me sad because it feels so final. BUT just as sure as that is a real feeling, truth is, if we believe the Bible, it is just another transition, and life is full of transitions, but sometimes that doesn’t make the pain any easier. You’ve got to know I am writing this, thinking this, and though I know it is truth, I still feel the emotional pain of it. I’m not sure people want to hear truth, but I am going to share it.

A few weeks ago when I was in Savannah, TN, my precious pastor friends, Larry and Patty Rich’s daughter-in-law’s father took his life the day after Father’s day. I thought that perhaps I should cancel my services there because of the shock to the church and family, but God had a plan for my going. While I was preaching one night the title of this article hit me and I spoke those words over and over. It became alive to me and it made me love Jesus even more. The words … JESUS IS PRAYING FOR YOU.” When I don’t know how to pray, I don’t know what to say, and all I can do is cry over you and your pain …JESUS IS PRAYING FOR YOU.” I wake early most mornings around four o’clock and my prayers seem so weak and puny sometimes, but JESUS IS PRAYING FOR YOU. Are you getting this?

Doctors can do all they know to do to preserve these human shells. I watch the ravaging effects of chemo and the side effects of drugs on so many I love, but when doctors have done all they can humanly do, JESUS IS PRAYING FOR YOU. You see, I knew that He was at the right hand of God making intercession, but it just never hit me like it did in that service. Jesus isn’t just sitting on the right hand of God on His throne doing nothing. The Word says in Romans 8:34b: [It is] Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, making intercession for us.

Do you know what that word “intercession” means? It means to pray for, to entreat. To “entreat” means to plead with especially in order to persuade.

You may be dealing with a painful situation right now, life may feel so cruel, and God may seem a million miles away. I want you to know this and to be able to see that JESUS IS PRAYING FOR YOU. When you feel like no one else is … JESUS IS PRAYING FOR YOU.

Take a look at Jesus. Really look at Him and His life. What He endured both mentally as well as physically. When we think of Him, we usually only see Him as God (supernatural), but He was flesh just like you and me. He is well acquainted with pain and suffering. So many times I can see Him after He was mocked, beaten, hanging on the cross. He was forsaken by his friends, in so much physical pain. I hear the terrible cry of the mental anguish of abandonment when His Father turned His head away from Him and Jesus, the human, asked “WHY”? All He had was FAITH in the Words that had been spoken: “You shall be mocked, beaten and die, but on the third day, YOU SHALL RISE!” You’ve got to understand that Jesus knows every emotion you are feeling. He truly understands because He went through it experientially. He doesn’t condemn us; He loves us and goes to God on our behalf! Oh how I pray you really get this.

Do struggles affect me? Yes

Does it change my view of God? No

Do I trust Him? Yes

I do have to admit that I look forward to that day when there will be no more pain or tears. I can’t even imagine how wonderful that will be. But until then, there is tremendous hope in the ability of our God to heal, whether that be through medical means or supernatural. Whether it be in this world or heaven.

No matter what you are going through, JESUS LOVED YOU WITH HIS LIFE. HIS LOVE IS ETERNAL. HE HAS FAITH IN YOU and because He overcame, we can overcome. Hold on, don’t give up, don’t quit. Maybe you need to just rest in this truth … He hasn’t forgotten where you are or what you are going through. He is with you, PRAYING FOR YOU. When you can’t pray, it’s OK … JESUS IS PRAYING FOR YOU. Oh my, this is so wonderful to know! No matter how bad things may seem, your best days are ahead of you!

I love you and I’m praying for you. I want to thank you for praying for Teresa, my mother and loved ones. Thank you for praying for those whom we send out on our prayer list. And, thank you for continuing to pray for our ministry of serving so many who are hurting.

I want you to just say out loud …“Jesus is praying for me.”

Eternally Connected,

Sharon

Romans 8:37,38

For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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