Robert Murray McCheyne, a 19th Century minister in the Church of Scotland, once said, “If I could hear Christ praying for me in the next room, I would not fear a million enemies. Yet distance makes no difference. He is praying for me.” Did you know that Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father making intercession for you right now?
Who is he that condemns? 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 8:34)
McCheyne provided great insight into tremendous power in the life of the believer. Even though he could not hear the Lord praying in the room next to him, he knew that Jesus was indeed praying from His throne room in heaven. Regardless of what you might be facing today, you are facing it in the power of His prayer. Jesus is praying for you continually.
“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” (John 17:20-21)
In His earthly ministry, our Lord prayed fervently and specifically for His disciples who would be left behind to continue the ministry of the Gospel Jesus had initiated. But notice that His prayer is not only for them. It is for you and me and all those who would believe in the truths of the Gospel. Knowing that Jesus prayed for us then and is praying for us now is a source of great power for every believer.
What is there to fear with Jesus on the throne? As McCheyne said, distance makes no difference when it comes to the power of prayer from the throne room of grace.
Because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. (Hebrews 7:24-25)
Jesus is praying for you in the middle of your trials, tests, and temptations. Jesus is praying for you in the middle of your storms, sufferings, and sorrows. His prayer is your power, regardless of what you are currently dealing with in this life. Jesus has already conquered every foe we will ever face. Even the last and most fearful enemy was defeated when Jesus became the death of death (2 Timothy 1:10).
So let us advance confidently in the direction our Lord is calling us to go. Our praying Prince has paved the way for us to walk by faith and not by sight, because we know He has walked the path before us and is walking it with us today. His prayer is our power, and that power is greater than any power we will ever encounter in both life and death.