I made my morning coffee and was already outside enjoying the cool morning air, a little thick with humidity (September in Arkansas). Dawn hadn’t made it yet. I called the children by name and prayed for God’s protection and guidance – all the typical and regular parental things prayed. It’s my morning routine – some time in the Word with scripture, meditation, prayer, conversation with Dawn and always a good cup of coffee.
This morning as I prayed over my children, I had a moment where I felt a little sorry for myself. I thought, I wish I had someone who was awake before I am praying for my day and what I’ll encounter the way I do for my children. And the next thought was my sweet parents and other loved ones who have “passed through the veil” and the particular memory of my mother’s prayers for me when she was alive. When she was alive? That’s when it hit me. She IS alive and she’s still praying for me, along with a “great cloud of witnesses” (Hebrews 12:1) of which you (the reader) probably have someone there right now praying for you. And then, the hammer of the Word dropped – as thankful as I am for my Momma’s prayers and those of other loved ones, there is One whose prayers are the most meaningful. And I remembered this verse . . .
“Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him,
since he always lives to make intercession for them.” (Hebrews 7:25 ESV)
And I repented of my momentary “self-pity” as I thanked God for Jesus and the prayers HE IS PRAYING for me and then remembered this quote. . . .
“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.” ~ Robert Murray McCheyne
And then my eyes welled up with tears of joy and I shouted as the Holy Spirit brought
this last one to mind. . .
“Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is
at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.” (Romans 8:34 ESV)
Wow! I’m corrected in my short-sighted thinking that produced a moment of self-pity and now I’m injected with fresh faith remembering how great Jesus is and the fact that He was praying for me and the day I would encounter while I was yet asleep. And He is praying for you. Don’t fear a million enemies! He’s with you!