Kingdom of Priests – Part 3
Scripture Reading: Exodus 19:1-6
Key Verse: 1 Peter 2:5
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.
For the last couple of days we have been studying the role of the priests in the Old Testament and how this relates to us. Today we look at the final responsibility that was assigned to the priests: Prayer. In Leviticus we read how the people were blessed by the prayers of the priests. Aaron, Moses’ brother, was given the first role of high priest. When Aaron raised his hands toward the people and blessed them, the glory of the Lord appeared (Leviticus 9:22-24).
The Apostle Paul urges believers to make “requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving…for everyone” (1 Timothy 2:1). When we trusted the work of Christ and received forgiveness of our sins, we joined the family of God and became part of the kingdom of priests. Though we don’t physically become priests as in the Old Testament, we do practice their roles. Prayer is one of the important practices that we can participate in; we become “priests” to our world. You and I can bless the people we pray for and change their day because of our intercessory prayers.
God invites us into this special communication with Him. We can offer prayers for those who are sick, troubled, or far from God. We can make a difference in their lives because of our prayers to God for them. It was Jesus who told us to “pray and not give up” (Luke 18:1).
Father, I will keep my promise to do the work of a priest. I will pray for those around me, seeking your work in their lives. In Jesus’ name, amen.