Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?” “Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked. – John 5:2-9 (NIV)
Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear. – Isaiah 65:24 (NIV)
Do you pray for yourself? Perhaps you put a higher emphasis on the effectiveness of the prayers of others above that of your own. Maybe you have become discouraged because you don’t feel like your prayers travel past the ceiling. To make matters worse, you may feel as though you have become a prisoner to this situation because everyone seems to have given up on praying for you. It may even appear as though they are starting to avoid you.
Even though praying for one another is a prescription in the Bible, believing that another person is more suitable to take your request to God is another story. Jesus is the one and only bridge that has made it possible for everyone who accepts Him as Lord and Savior to have an equal opportunity to petition the Father in prayer. Jesus’ blood has leveled the playing field.
We are to draw near to God and He will draw near to us. His attentive ears hear our prayers before we actually speak one syllable. Can you picture Him with open arms, sitting at the edge of His seat, just waiting on you to trust in His healing power? He doesn’t have a preference over the messenger of the request, just that the request is presented in faith in His ability.
Jesus, thank You for serving as the bridge that gives me instant access to the Father. It is so comforting to know that I don’t have to wait on another person to intercede on my behalf.