Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
November 24 Scripture Selection: Ezekiel 21-22
Food for Thought: Ez. 22:30, 31
Well, this is very good news! The Lord seeks intercessors and His plans change when He finds one. The Body of Christ is now that intercessor that the Lord would have liked to have found in the days of the prophet Ezekiel. With the Body of Christ praying for the nations, the leaders, and all inhabitants, God’s mercy is still in effect and preventing utter destruction. What an invaluable role the Church plays!
All through history, there have been successful intercessors, most notably was Moses. Exodus 30:9-14 shows just how eager the Lord is to grant the pleas of the intercessor:
“And the Lord said to Moses, ‘I have seen this people, and indeed it is a stiff-necked people! Now therefore, let Me alone, that My wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them. And I will make of you a great nation.’ Then Moses pleaded with the Lord his God, and said: ‘Lord, why does Your wrath burn hot against Your people whom You have brought out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand? Why should the Egyptians speak, and say, ‘He brought them out to harm them, to kill them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth’? Turn from Your fierce wrath, and relent from this harm to Your people. Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, Your servants, to whom You swore by Your own self, and said to them, ‘I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven; and all this land that I have spoken of I give to your descendants, and they shall inherit it forever.’’So the Lord relented from the harm which He said He would do to His people.”
Of course, Jesus is the greatest intercessor, having interceded for us while He suffered on the cross. And He continues to do so on behalf of all mankind even today, as evidenced in Hebrews 7:25: “Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.”
Jesus is our ultimate role model, and we fulfill our purpose as His Body as we pray for all those the Lord brings to our remembrance. He may even place on our hearts people we do not even know. In addition to praying for a particular lost person, He asks us to pray specifically for those who spitefully use us (Mat. 5:44), for those serving the Lord (Col. 4:3), and for those in authority and all men (I Tim. 2:1-3). And one thing we can be assured of: if we take our place as intercessors, the Lord will move in His mercy and grace on their behalf, because He seeks intercessors as He did in Ezekiel’s day and will do as we ask.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
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