How important is prayer? Many of us would say that our whole life depends upon prayer. But would you go so far as to say that your whole life depends upon the prayers of another? Certainly, we would agree that many children have been prayed into the kingdom of God by believing parents and grandparents. But really, does our whole life depend upon the prayers of another?
Yes, it does. And yet, not just any other person, but our Great High Priest, the Lord Jesus Christ. Consider Christ's prayer, often called the High Priestly Prayer, beginning in John 17:9:
"I do not ask on behalf of the world, but of those whom You have given Me; for they are Yours; and all things that are Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine; and I have been glorified in them. I am no longer in the world; and yet they themselves are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep them in Your name, the name which You have given Me, that they may be one even as We are. While I was with them, I was keeping them in Your name which You have given Me; and I guarded them and not one of them perished..."
According to which grace is our life preserved in this world? Kept from sin, from perishing, and from the evil one? The prayers of our Lord Jesus Christ on our behalf.
But yet, the wonder of it all, Christ's prayer for us does not end there. Now, He is in the heavenly places, in the heavenly temple, praying face to face to God on our behalf. Though Scripture speaks about Christ sitting at the right hand of God referring to the full satisfaction He has made for our sins, it also says He stands interceding on our behalf, continually (cf. Acts 7:56 & Hebrews 7:25).
Oh yes, our whole life depends upon prayer. And at that, the prayers of another, the Lord Jesus Christ! May we all take comfort in that our Savior, who was sent into the world by the love of the Father, prays for us continually and forgets not His people.