I'm buoyed by the knowledge that somebody's praying for me. It lifts my soul and gives me endurance to know that people are asking the God of the universe to be good to me and my family. There are few better things you can do than pray for one another.
But there's someone I'm more thankful to have praying for me than you, and that's no slight to you.
Often I'm strengthened and encouraged when a friend sends a text to let me know that they're praying for me, but I often take for granted that Jesus daily prays for me.
"...Christ Jesus, who died, more than that, who was raised to life, is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us." Romans 9:34b
"Therefore He is able to save completely those who come to God through Him, because He always lives to intercede for them." Hebrews 7:25
Jesus, the Son of God, is at the right hand of the Father praying for all believers personally and collectively. This is fantastic news!
This good news doesn't mean that I should be nonchalant about the saints that pray for me; no, I should be thankful for the prayers of others but the prayers of Christ should thrill my soul the most.
My pastor has recently and often said to me and others that we Christians act as if more people praying for us gives us a better chance of giving us what we want. This, he says, is a paganesque belief not rooted in reality. It's not as if God says, "There's 50 people praying! Well, I better change things and give them what they want. I could say no to 49, but not 50!" No, God sits in Heaven and does what He pleases and every thing He pleases to do is the best.
But our prayers do matter in some mysterious way. As my pastor, Jim, said on Sunday, "our prayers our a means that God works but not a cause." Our prayers don't cause things to happen as if He needs us to inform Him or convince Him to do His perfect, sovereign will but rather God wills our prayers to be a means through which He works. In prayer we get to participate in the work of God.
So, pray for one another and know that God is working in your prayer to do His perfect will. Appreciate the prayers of others because they are appealing to the One who can answer any request. But above all reflect and rejoice in the fact that Jesus Himself prays for you and I.
"... The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective." James 5:16b
Who is more righteous than the Righteous One? Rejoice! This Righteous One with the most effect prayers is praying for you today.