This is entry 3/6 in a series on the victorious life.
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)
Christ makes intercession for you! He sees your present struggles and one way He supports you is to pray the power of God into your life and into your battles. The battle, where Israel defeats Amalek in Exodus 17:8–13 is a good illustration of this truth, as Moses intercedes for Joshua. Here, Moses foreshadows Christ who does the very same for you.
Christ does not send you into a fight without His promise of prayer. When Amalek attacked Israel, Moses asked Joshua to choose men and to fight the Amalekites. This was not an easy task. They were not used to fighting. The only swords they had seen so far were those in the hands of the Egyptians. It was their very first fight after coming out of slavery. Moses knew that and assured Joshua of his constant prayer. Whatever the battle is that Christ asks you to fight or that He allows to come into your life, He will support you by His prayer. You are never alone in your struggles! Christ is on your team!
Christ does not grow weary while making intercession for you. Moses was only a weak man. His promise to pray was serious, but his physical power was limited. After a while he was just not able to keep holding the staff up to bring God’s power down. But still, he found a way to keep his promise. He sat on a stone and Aaron and Hur held up his hands. Moses is portrayed here as stable and reliable. How much more will Christ be a firm and faithful intercessor! His arms never grow weary. His will never run out of words as He prays. His intercession for you is stable and never stops before the fight is over.
Let Christ’s intercession be your encouragement! Moses stood on top of a hill. Perhaps he was able to see Joshua fighting. But that does not mean that Joshua, in the heat of the battle, could also watch Moses praying. But Joshua trusted that Moses was praying and that encouraged him to fight until the victory was in his hands. You cannot see Christ making intercession for you. But the Bible tells you that He is! Accepting this by faith will be your constant encouragement during all your battles.
Christ’s intercession provides the victory. Whenever Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed, and whenever he lowered his hand, Amalek prevailed (v11). Though it was necessary for Joshua to fight, God’s intervention from above was the reason that Joshua overwhelmed Amalek (v13). You will have to fight, too! And the battle may go back and forth and at certain times you may wonder how it will end. By God’s grace it will turn out well! Because Christ’s intercession provides the victory!
There is no greater encouragement for a believer in his struggles on earth than a Christ on His throne in heaven.