Christ's intercessory prayers

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(I took this photo of the Orchid flower at a Flower exhibition in Singapore.This flower’s actual name is Vanda Miss Joaquim.It was said to be first discovered in the garden of Miss Agnes Joaquim in Singapore in 1893. On 15 April 1981, this flower was chosen as the national flower of Singapore.)
Dear Friends,

Thanks for stopping by!

Thanks for stopping by my combined Word-Filled Wednesday and Thankful Thursday post. (This post was originally posted on Monday.)

♥ Thank God for seeing us through another week. Trust you have had a very restful and blessed weekend and Lord's day.

♥ Thank God for blessing my time of worship, fellowship and serving our Lord together with my brethren in church.

♥ Thank God for granting a few of my church friends and I the joy and opportunity of visiting some elderly members and parents in hospital and at home. It is a joy to see them trusting in the Lord despite their infirmities. There were also opportunities to share the Gospel with those who have yet to know our Lord Jesus Christ.

♥ Recently, I read CH Spurgeon's Morning and Evening, and greatly encouraged by the reminder that our Lord Jesus Christ is praying for us and interceding for us even as we seek to walk with Him in ways that well pleasing to Him.

In this life, we experience various ups and downs. We are sinners saved by grace living in an imperfect world. It is encouraging to remember that our Lord is with us always to give us grace and strength to walk with Him and serve Him. And He is our intercessor before our Heavenly Father's throne of grace daily. Nothing can happen to us without God's knowledge and consent. God in His mercies, is working all things for His glory and our good (Romans 8:28).

Let us persevere in prayers and walking with our Lord and serve Him, knowing that He loves us and is ever interceding for us that we may live for His glory.

Hope the following devotional thoughts from Spurgeon will encourage you too that our Lord Jesus Christ is interceding for you as you trust in Him.

“I have prayed for thee.”
Luke 22:32

HOW encouraging is the thought of the Redeemer’s never- ceasing intercession for us. When we pray, He pleads for us; and when we are not praying, He is advocating our cause, and by His supplications shielding us from unseen dangers.

Notice the word of comfort addressed to Peter—“Simon, Simon, Satan hath desired to have you that he may sift you as wheat; but”—what? “But go and pray for yourself.” That would be good advice, but it is not so written. Neither does he say, “But I will keep you watchful, and so you shall be preserved.” That were a great blessing. No, it is, “But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not.”

We little know what we owe to our Saviour’s prayers. When we reach the hill-tops of heaven, and look back upon all the way whereby the Lord our God hath led us, how we shall praise Him who, before the eternal throne, undid the mischief which Satan was doing upon earth.

How shall we thank Him because He never held His peace, but day and night pointed to the wounds upon His hands, and carried our names upon His breastplate! Even before Satan had begun to tempt, Jesus had forestalled him and entered a plea in heaven. Mercy outruns malice.

Mark, He does not say, “Satan hath sifted you, and therefore I will pray,” but “Satan hath desired to have you.” He checks Satan even in his very desire, and nips it in the bud.

He does not say, “But I have desired to pray for you.” No, but “I have prayed for you: I have done it already; I have gone to court and entered a counterplea even before an accusation is made.”

O Jesus, what a comfort it is, that Thou hast pleaded our cause against our unseen enemies; countermined their mines, and unmasked their ambushes.

Here is a matter for joy, gratitude, hope, and confidence.

(Taken from CH Spurgeon's Morning and Evening, 11 January, Evening)
♥ Thank God for providing my family, church brethren and blogging friends who continue to care and encourage me in many ways.

♥ I am thankful to God once again for all of you, my dear blogging friends and visitors. I have been so greatly blessed by all of you and I thank God upon every remembrance of you. It is wonderful to read of how God is guiding and blessing you in your walk with our Lord and it encourages me in my walk with God too. Thanks again for your prayers and encouragements.

Thanks for stopping by. Take care and have a great week ahead!

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25 Kind thoughts:

Denise said...

Thanks for sharing such great encouragement. I love you.

Darlene said...

It's always comforting to come by a visit. Hope you are feeling well and enjoying the beautiful flowers I see here :)

It's winter here, the ground is brown, no flowers, no grass, the trees have no leaves and it's cold!

The part I like about winter is seeng the birds and squirrels up close. They are very hungry so with a little food (actually its a lot of food, lol) we can watch them up close.

Have a blessed week and know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Marissa Miller said...

That was very encouraging. Thanks, Nancie and may God continue to help you as you "walk through the valley of the shadow of death." Fear no evil for He is with you!

Michelle said...

This is a wonderful post. The picture and verse is wonderful as well.

Serendipity said...

Hi Nancie! Happy New Year! Sorry I've not been coming around to visit lately. Hope all is well with you.

Thank you for sharing the picture of the lovely orchid (I love it!) and the for such an encouraging post! This really helps me more than you know! I feel very comforted now ;-)

God bless you!

hip chick said...

What a beautiful flower. My mom grows orchids. I love the verse you chose as well. That one is not familiar to me even though I have read Luke a number of times. I like it.

Joan said...

Beautiful in every way. Thanks for sharing.
Blessings

Beth in NC said...

That is an absolutely beautiful flower and the list is precious too.

Have a wonderful day!
Beth

Susan said...

Hi Nancie,

This was so beautiful!!

God is so faithful.

I love your grateful heart.

Have a blessed day my sweet friend♥

Laurie Ann said...

What a beautiful orchid and Scripture to go with it. I so enjoyed this post, Nancie. Happy WFW!

Deanna said...

What a beautiful photo and WFW! As always, visiting you each week is like visiting a good friend.

Kristi said...

Your beautiful heart shines through every word. Blessings to you today!

Amydeanne said...

may our faith not fail! What encouragement nancy! thanks!

Grammy said...

A wonderful heartfelt post. I and thankful for you also. Happy tt.

Tammy said...

Oh what an encouraging post - I am so thankful we have an intercessor and He knows our desires, wants and needs. He is always there no matter what! Happy TT!

Debra said...

Nancie,

Thank you for sharing your heart with us today. Your love of the Lord is a shining beacon for us all!

Blessings to you, my friend.

Diane ~ said...

Hi Nancy! Thank you so very much for the wonderful posting! You are such an encouragemnt in our walk with Christ!! ♥

LAURIE said...

Thanks for the encouragement today. I love to read Spurgeon's writings. Happy TT! -Blessings, Laurie

Lori said...

Amen, thank you for sharing a powerful devotional.

Have a great day!

Bonnie said...

Thank you SO much for this encouragement today!!! I was so blessed by reading through your post. Thank you, Jesus for all of who You are!!

Bonnie said...

Thank you so much for your encouraging words today!! What a blessing you are to me. Thank you for your heart and thank you, Jesus, for putting this on Nancie's heart. Blessings to you!

Michele Williams said...

You always have such an encouraging post my dear friend. How are you doing? I really mean it too... how are YOU doing?

becky voyles said...

Hi Nancie! I have been away for what seems like forever. I have missed you. I feel like the prodigal who has come home. It wasn't that I wasn't thankful. Life just got too busy, but I am taking baby steps to get back into the swing of things again.

Michele Williams said...

Hello again dear friend... please stop by my blog and pick up some awards... Blessings...

Darlene said...

Hi Nancie!

Just stopped by for a visit. It's been quite a day here in the states.

Have a blessed day, my friend, and know that our prayers and good wishes are with you.

xo

Darlene

 

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