I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth. For, There is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus. He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone. This is the message God gave to the world at just the right time.
-1 Timothy 2:1-6
As we celebrated communion this week, we also explored the idea of the priesthood of believers from 1 Timothy 2:1-6 and Hebrews 7. In the celebration of communion, we remember that the first believers saw Jesus’ ministry continuing into His heavenly role as our advocate, our mediator, our intercessor. That means that Jesus brings what He experienced of the wounds, the worry, the sin, and the brokenness of humanity right into the heart of the Trinity– where the eternal union of love between the persons of Father, Son and Spirit now draw humanity into that life of love.
Not only is Jesus always interceding for humanity, the church is now tasked to take part in a priestly ministry to the world– asking God to heal, bless and forgive everyone! When we pray for others, we are joined with the very heart of the Trinity, the ministry of Jesus in reconciling and renewing all things.