Faithfulness Fridays: Prayer and the High Priest

We’re not alone.

Do you know that? We don’t call out to an empty sky. Our prayers don’t bounce off the ceiling. We have One Who hears when we call upon Him.

And He doesn’t just hear, He understands.

It’s hard for us fully empathize with other people in different situations. As Americans, we know others live in extreme poverty in other nations. But it often doesn’t register. We don’t really understand, don’t really empathize. Until we actually go, actually see. We haven’t seen the thousands of apartments sardined together in stifling streets; nor the eerily silent rows of orphans, babies who have stopped crying because no one answers. We don’t know because we haven’t been there.

And this difficulty in empathy is just in person-to-person relationships. How much greater the difference must be, between Creator and His creation! And yet He does know. He does understand.

For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. (Heb 4:15)

Do we realize how amazing this is? The God of the universe, the Almighty, understands my emotions. The All-knowing feels your confusion over the future. The All-powerful can empathize with you when you feel small. The One Who dwells in the perfect fellowship of the Trinity, in Whom is fullness of joy, understands when you sit sadly alone.

Because in Jesus coming down and becoming human, He fully experienced everything being human entails. He went and rejoiced at weddings (John 2), and wept at the death of His friend (John 11:35). He played with children, and fought against the religiosity of the day. His own family didn’t believe Him. (John 7:5) He was tired, He was hungry, He was sleepy. He was mocked by those who formerly praised Him, betrayed by one close to Him, and abandoned by His friends.

And though He never sinned, He knows better than any the weight of guilt, of shame, and of separation from God. For on that cross, He bore the sins of many, and God laid on Him the iniquity of us all.(Isa 53:12, 7) The wrath of God, poured out on the Son. And then Jesus experienced the greatest fear of man: death.

Why? Well, just as we are partakers of flesh and blood, He also Himself likewise took part of the same; that through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; and deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. (Heb 2:14-15)

In every dark corner, He is there. In the middle of chaos and confusion, He understands. When the howling wind whips away our cry, He still hears.

He is a faithful high priest. The High priest is the one who intercedes, who goes between, who pleads on behalf of the people to God. And Jesus does this perfectly, as He never sinned, yet understands fully all our struggles.

So we don’t have go through this alone. We don’t have to be our own defenders. He already has, He already is. And He will never abandon us.

He is faithful in hearing the prayers of His people.

He is faithful in always being with us.

And He is faithful in making reconciliation for us.

Wherefore in all things it behoved Him to be made like unto His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. (Hebrews 2:17)




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