“Seeing then that we have a great high priest that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God; let us hold fast our profession. 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. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need (Heb 4:14-16).
The word ‘profession’ in the above scriptures means saying the same thing. Therefore, we can say ‘let us hold fast to saying the same thing as God’. Jesus is touched by the way we feel and this is compassion. The word compassion means to alleviate the suffering of another person because of love. If a child is sick or crying from pain, the mother of the child will also be crying on the inside: if you ask her ‘could you take the pain of your baby on yourself to relieve that child if you could?’ she will most likely say ‘yes’. Likewise intercessory prayer means that in prayer you are carrying the pain of the person in its spiritual form. This means you have that kind of connection with the person and you are praying to remove the burden from the person’s life. Now if that person is not relieved of that pain, you remain in the state of perpetual pain until that person is released.
This shows God feels the pain and it remains in His heart until you get out of that situation. The problem is that we do not know that is how God loves – that is the compassion He says He has toward us. So if you come into a meeting and you say for example that you need to get healed of pain and you leave the meeting with the pain still there, the Holy Spirit also walks out with you feeling that grief on the inside. That is why the scripture says He is touched by the feelings of our infirmity so He is trying to tell you with all certainty ‘you are coming out of it’. Even if you are in a situation where you do not know what the promise of God is concerning it you can pray Philippians 1:19-20 which says, “ For I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, according to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death. This is a universal confession you can make when you do not yet know what God intends to do in a situation.
So you continue to hold your confession and then you come boldly to the throne of grace. In other words, boldness means you are outspoken. Do not come with a voice of weakness that draws demons; rather come out and be outspoken, be bold that you might obtain mercy. Once you obtain mercy your eyes will be opened to see and then you will find grace to help you in a time of need.
The scripture says, “Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the LORD our God, until that he have mercy upon us.(Psalm 123:2). Therefore, while you keep busy in that job God will open your eyes to see what is in His heart for you concerning the Job or work that you are doing. It will be something that is not obvious and way different from the way things are done where you are. And when you take that thought and run with it, great things will begin to happen. When things explode people will ask ‘how?’ But you will say ‘it’s not because I willed it but God showed me mercy’. So the mercy of God and the eyes work together. The Psalmist said ‘our eyes are on thee until you show mercy’ which means ‘until we see’. That is why you find all those blind people in Jesus’ day naturally saying ‘son of David have mercy’; in other words ‘son of David let me see’. Once the light comes and you can see, that is when you get the help of God, which is grace.
Pastor ‘Poju Oyemade