The more we understand the Gospel the more we understand that the good news of God keeps getting better and better. The bible clearly teaches that God has saved us even though we are unworthy, and that He has called us into a calling that is set aside for His purpose; a calling of which He will provide our every need. Those two glorious gifts are worthy of our uttermost dedication and service to God, but that is not the end of the good news. As we continue to search the scriptures we find that through Christ, God has adopted us as His very own children and that we have become joint heirs in Christ Jesus. The bible says in Romans 8:14-17 “For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.” Paul called himself many times in scripture a “bond-servant of Christ.”A bond-servant is a willing servant. God has not called us to serve Him as His unwilling slaves. He has called us to serve Him as His child.
As the good news continues to get better and better we understand more of who God is and who we are because of Him. Jesus is not just royalty He is the King of Kings. Because we are adopted sons and daughters of God and joint heirs in Christ Jesus God has allowed us to join in the blessings of being a part of His royal family. In Christ we are royalty. Peter says of those who are a part of the family of God in I Peter 2:9, 10, “But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; for you once were NOT A PEOPLE, but now you are THE PEOPLE OF GOD; you had NOT RECEIVED MERCY, but now you have RECEIVED MERCY.” He calls us a “Royal Priesthood.”
In this text of scripture all believers are called priests. This doctrine is called the priesthood of the believer. Some would argue that being a priest is for a select few. However, the Word of God clearly teaches that whoever has accepted Jesus Christ’s work of salvation has then been adopted into the family of God and now is a priest of God.
A priest has many roles and responsibilities. However, they can all be summed up into one main purpose. A priest is to represent mankind to God. One of the greatest ways that believers can represent mankind to God is to pray for them. God expects His people who are called by His name to pray. Jesus is our High Priest. We see Him many times in the gospels praying for His disciples. Paul told Timothy in II Timothy 1:3, that he thanks God for him, as he mentions him in his prayers.
As the priest of God serving mankind on behalf of God we should have a great burden for the lost and hurting. Many times I pray asking God to give me the compassion of Jesus. The compassion that calls out with a broken heart as Jesus did in Matthew 23:37 as He said, “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling.” Despite the wickedness of their ways Jesus still loved them and desperately desired to see them repent and turn to His saving grace. With this same heart of compassion we are called to cry out to the Father with a broken heart on behalf of the lost condition of this world. I dare say that the bulk of our prayer should be directed to praying for the redemption of the wretched. I also dare to say, if we started praying in this manner we will see revival.