I once heard a well-known national news anchor describe his first job in a radio station.
One of his daily responsibilities was to broadcast a preacher’s message. The message came on a “record.” (Records, the dinosaur ancestors of CDs, were flat, vinyl discs the size of small pizzas with grooves of microscopic etchings of musical or vocal sounds detected by “needles” on the arms of “record players”, then transmitted through speakers, which in turn whipped teenagers into a frenzy, causing seizure-like gyrations with names like “The Shing-a-ling,” “The Frug,” “The Philly,” and “The Boogaloo”).
Anyway, it was the young deejay’s habit to introduce the preacher’s message, start the record, then leave the station for a cup of coffee at a nearby diner. One day as he was sipping his Maxwell House, the phone rang. When the waitress handed it to him, he heard his boss screaming, “Get back to the station NOW!”
Sprinting to his car, he tuned the radio to his station. To his horror the needle had gotten “stuck” on the record and kept replaying the same phrase over and over again — “Go to hell, go to hell, go to hell…”
Sometimes we can feel like the Lord is “out of the station.” Maybe he stepped out for a minute or dozed off. Maybe he’s forgotten us completely.
The truth is Jesus never takes a break. He never slumbers nor sleeps but watches over us day and night. His ears are ever open to our cry. He never leaves us nor forsakes us.
“He holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever. Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them (Heb 7.24-25).
Jesus has conquered death and is alive forevermore to intercede for his children. Day and night, he lifts you before the Father, praying almighty, perfect and effective prayers, that he might save you to the uttermost. He never takes a break, never grows weary, never faints and will never cease to pray for you.
I’d be thrilled to know that a friend was praying for me even once a day. But to know that Christ himself, the Lord of hosts, is interceding for me every minute of the day gives me incredible confidence, hope and joy.
Praise him today for his steadfast love and faithfulness!
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