DCLM Daily Manna 19 February 2024 

TOPIC: Always Interceding

TEXT: JOHN 17:6-19 
I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.

Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee.

For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.

I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.

10 And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.

11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.

12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.

13 And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.

14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.

16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.

19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.

“I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine”
(JOHN 17:9).

DCLM Daily Manna Monday 19 Feb 2024 MESSAGE

Once a man was shown in a dream the ceaseless intercessory role of our Lord. As three women knelt praying, the Lord approached them one after the other. He knelt with tenderness and love beside the first. Next, He moved to the second, simply placing His hand on her and giving her a signal of approval. But Jesus passed by the third believer without stopping. In the dream Jesus explained His actions: “Without constant assurance, the first woman would stumble and fall. The second woman’s faith is stronger; I can count on her. The third, however, is being trained for the highest calling of all. She knows Me so intimately that she doesn’t need signs of My approval. No circumstance discourages her because she knows that ultimately she can trust Me.”

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Christ’s prayer for the disciples shortly before His crucifixion also revealed that He is ever attentive to believers of all classes. Known as The High Priestly Prayer, the intercession was His assurance that even after His physical departure from the world, which was imminent, He would always be there for us. He was teaching us that we could connect to Him in heaven in supplication as He Himself was connecting to the Father in prayer. He prayed for sundry needs including our sanctification and oneness. His pleas to the Father spanned the generations to capture those who would be coming into the Kingdom through the preaching of His disciples.

The Lord is still praying for us as He watches us while seated on the right hand of God, where He is not oblivious of challenges confronting His children. He has also sent us the Holy Spirit to aid us in prayer.

We need such unending multiple layers of supplication to heaven this time, when Satan and his agents are mounting vicious attacks on the body of Christ through persecution and false miracles. They can be routed into defeat and powerlessness as we rest on God’s promises, stay united and focus on holiness and evangelism.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: The Lord’s intercession suffices for our battles against the devil.