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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

You Are Called to be a Royal Priest
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. (1 Peter 2:9 NIV)

A priest is one who intercedes before God for another person, a family, a city, or a nation.

Prayer and Intercession are communicating with God, speaking to and hearing from the God who created the universe. Prayer is the front line where we do spiritual warfare, it is where we win or loose the battle. Prayer makes the difference between success or failure, power or weakness, and life or death. The most powerful and effective prayers are when we pray in the Spirit, that is speaking God's words through your mouth, calling forth His will upon the earth as it is in heaven. Praying in the Spirit is Spirit led prayer, it is the Holy Spirit interceding through you for people and situations on earth.

I used to believe that intercession was a ministry that some Christians were called to and other Christians were not, and that it was usually reserved for saintly older women in the church. But the Lord has been showing me that as Children of God we are all called to the ministry of the priesthood, which is to be an intercessor.

Some people teach that Christians are either kings or priest because of verses like this one. (Revelation 5:9-10 NKJV) And they sang a new song, saying: "You are worthy to take the scroll, And to open its seals; For You were slain, And have redeemed us to God by Your blood Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, {10} And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth." I believe that each Christian is both a king and a priest, a "royal priest". We need to be both because a king has authority, but a priest has access.

Our authority is given us as children of the Most High God. We are children of God, and if children, then heirs; heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ. So that we have the authority to use the name of Jesus. (John 14:12-14 NKJV) "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. {13} "And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. {14} "If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.

This is the authority that we have been given to bring people into the Kingdom. (Matthew 28:18-20 NKJV) And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. {19} "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, {20} "teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen.

As a priest we have access to the throne of grace. (Hebrews 4:16 NKJV) Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 5:1-4 NKJV) For every high priest taken from among men is appointed for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins. {2} He can have compassion on those who are ignorant and going astray, since he himself is also subject to weakness. {3} Because of this he is required as for the people, so also for himself, to offer sacrifices for sins. {4} And no man takes this honor to himself, but he who is called by God, just as Aaron was. So we have access to the control center of the universe, the throne of grace, that we may obtain compassion and find grace to help in time of need. We know that Jesus is the ultimate King and High Priest. (Hebrews 7:24-25 NKJV) But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood. {25} Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.

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