(By Ricky Scaparo) Many new Christians believe they don’t have many praying for them but today I want to encourage you by letting you know that you know that that the truth is you have at least two that are continually praying for you when you come to accept Jesus as your Lord and savior. One is in heaven and one is on the Earth. The two are Jesus himself and the Holy Spirit who was sent by the Lord to be our “Comforter” on the Earth.
Let’s begin with Jesus. We know according to the book of Hebrews that Christ is currently residing at the right hand of the Father and has become a High Priest and a mediator between man and God. 1 Timothy 2:5 – For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus. The word here “Mediator” can actually mean “one that works to effect reconciliation”.
2 Corinthians 5:18-20 – Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. The word “Reconcile” means to restore or return harmony with.
The book of Hebrews tells us the following: Hebrews 4:14-16 – Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us, therefore, come boldly to the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
As we can see humanity was separated from God by sin and a High Priest had to pass through the veil of Heaven to reconcile or restore our relationship back to the Father. Thus Christ became that High Priest and atoned for all of humanity by his own blood at the cross of Calvary. However, he not only atoned for our sins but he also prays for us. check ou this next passage: Luke 22:31-33- 31 – And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.”
In this passage, we discover that the enemy had a plan to attack Peter and “sift him as wheat”. Let’s break this down a bit to get a deeper understanding of this. First of all notice, Satan had to ask permission from Jesus before he could touch Peter! This shadows the account of Job when Satan went before the throne room of God and accused Job and asked permission to attack Job and his household. This tells me that ANY attack of the enemy must first be granted permission by the Lord. Secondly, The lord tells Peter the enemy wants to “sift him as wheat”.
The process of sifting wheat begins with a sifting of the wheat to loosen the chaff from the edible grain, which is called threshing. The traditional method is to spread the wheat onto a floor made from stone, or concrete or tamped earth and beat it with a flail. Then comes the winnowing, where the loosened chaff is removed from the grain. This process was achieved by throwing the grain in the air, The lighter chaff is blown away by the wind. The heavier grain falls back to the ground below. The entire plan of the Enemy was to shake Peter’s faith in hopes that he’d fall away from Jesus like chaff. He would be blown by EVERY wind of trial or tribulation. Thirdly, This is why Jesus then went on to say “But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail”. You see it was al about Peter’s faith in Jesus! Every attack you and I will encounter will be for our Faith.
So we have an intercessor praying in heaven seated at the right hand of the Father named Jesus but we also have an intercessor on earth as Holy Spirit. Let’s give you some scriptures on Holy Spirit’s purpose:
Acts 1:8 – But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
John 14:15 – “If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.
John 14:25-26 – “These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.
John 16: 12 – “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.
Romans 8: 26-27 – Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
So what we can gather from these verses above, though there are many others I haven’t posted here, is that the purpose of the Holy Spirit is to:
– Empower the Believer to Witness the Gospel with Boldness
– To come as a “Helper” or one who aids in the life of the Believer.
– To Bring and reveal truth to the Believer
– To teach you the attributes, character, and nature of the Lord
– To bring to your remembrance the Word of God
– To reveal things to come through Rhema words, Dreams, Visions, and prayer
– To Helps us in our weaknesses / infirmities
– To intercede for us to the Father according to the Will of God. – 1 Cor 14:2
So let’s do a quick recap here. We now understand that we have an intercessor in Heaven and one Earth that is in agreement with the Will of God for our lives. The powerful thing about this revelation is to now that these two will never contradict one another. the Holy spirit will never tell you or reveal to you anything contrary to the Word of God. Remember, Holy Spirit reveals that which he hears from the Father and brings to our remembrance that which we have learned and hidden in our heart of the Word of God. Peter’s faith was on the line but we know that his faith was put in the solid rock and anchor of his soul, Christ the Lord. As a result of this he endured the sifting and became a New Testament pillar iin the Early Church.