Our Merciful High Priest

By David Wilkerson
[May 19, 1931 – April 27, 2011]

Beloved, it does not matter what you are going through. Jesus has walked in
your shoes and that is what makes Him a merciful High Priest. You do not have
to tell Him all your pain. He knows all about it because He has felt it
Himself. “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the
feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet
without sin” (Hebrews 4:15).

Consider a precious, worried man who has fallen into great temptation. He has
sinned grievously against God and he feels his heart growing cold. He thinks,
“I can’t make it! I’m too inconsistent and Satan is throwing all of hell at me.
I’ve been overtaken by my temptation many times, yet I love Jesus. Oh, Lord, I
want to be free and clean!”

This man is worn out, discouraged, and the devil stands beside him, accusing:
“He fell into sin, God. He can’t withstand temptation. His garment is spotted,

But the Advocate steps in between this man and his accuser: “Father, I know
what this man is going through. The devil also drove Me into a wilderness and
tempted Me severely. I was tempted to blaspheme, to fall down and worship
Satan. I know what temptation is all about and I know this man’s heart. There
is a spark of faith still in him, an ember of love in his heart for Me.

“Father, look upon him as righteous through My blood. Deliver him from the
power of darkness and the wicked one. I want him to be accepted, forgiven,
restored, and given power from on high to resist the devil. I pray for his

The next day, this man picks up his Bible and reads a powerful truth he has
never seen before. He falls to his knees, and God comes to him with deliverance
— because the High Priest has prayed.

Your Advocate knows your address. He has counted every hair on your head. He
knows your every thought, feels your every pain, hears your every cry. So,
beloved, take heart — because Jesus is praying for you!

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