Tuesday, February 4, 2014

+DEV+ We Are A Holy Priesthood

Date: February 4, 2014 9:21 PM
Topic: +DEV+  We Are A Holy Priesthood

We Are A Holy Priesthood

"You also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ." (1 Peter 2:5)

Scripture Focus: 1 Peter 2:4-9

In the last few years I've realized that perhaps the most important thing I can do for others is pray for them. That is not the limit of my responsibility, but it is the focus of it. And God has seen to it that I am uniquely equipped for such a ministry, for I belong to a "holy priesthood."

Old Testament priests represented the people before God, offering sacrifices and prayers on their behalf. The priests were anointed and set apart for that ministry (Exodus 30:30). We as Christians have received the anointing of the Holy Spirit (1 John 2:20) and are thus a "holy priesthood." We, too, are to offer "spiritual sacrifices," of which prayer is a very real part. James tells us to pray for each other, for the "prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective" (5:16).

David prayed, "May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice" (Psalm 141:2). Let's offer up prayers for many around us, prayers made acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

Insight: "Lord, I pray for many I know who are lonely, sad, desperate, in trouble, in pain, feeling hopeless. may Your kingdom come in their lives."

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