Distance Makes No Difference

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Distance Makes No Difference

“If I could hear Christ praying for me in the next room,

I would not fear a million enemies.

Yet, distance makes no difference.

He is praying for me.”

I’ve tweeted, blogged, and posted this quote on Facebook numerous times; I pass it, daily, on my living room wall. I know what it means for me, but during family worship, I asked our kids what the preceding quote meant to them. I was floored by the following responses:

3-year old twins: *incoherent sentences verbalized in the direction of the wall (something about Jesus praying)*

Middle Son: It means that God is praying for us. (side note: I continue to be blown away that Jesus intercedes for us, whether through prayer or being the atonement sacrifice for our sins.)

Eldest Son: It means that even though we don’t see Jesus right there, He’s praying for us, and it also can mean that even if we’re spiritually distant from Him, He’s still praying for us.

That’s when I was blown away all over again! The Word says He is able to save to the uttermost — that’s at all times, in all cases, to all depths, from any distance — those who draw near to God through Him, since He ever-lives to intercede for us (Hebrews 7:25). Thankfully, the bible also tells us we can’t even come to Him unless the Father draws us (John 6:44), and it’s God who works in us both to will and to do His good pleasure (Philippians 2:13). So, even the drawing near unto God part is handled by Christ Jesus, the one who died, was raised, is seated at the right hand of God interceding for us (Romans 8:34). Whether we are drawing near to God or becoming distant from Him, the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings we cannot utter. He searches our hearts and intercedes for us (Romans 8:26-27). Whether near or far, in seeming physical proximity or spiritual intimacy, distance makes no difference, God is for us, and if He is for us, none can be against us. Distance makes no difference, He is praying.

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12 responses to “Distance Makes No Difference

  1. Yes it is True AdjustedSails all those who seek after God and are taught by Him will come to Jesus because as you shared, God will draw them to Him by The Holy Spirit who searches our heart, God knows those who are His and has since Eternity, He knows all things.

    If we know the Father we will know The Son because they are One in the Godhead or Trinity as They are called today and so we will believe who He is. God knew before we were conceived that we would have heart repentance and accept the free gift of Salvation in Christ Jesus and that we will do so in our lifetime or before Jesus returns. Knowing this He chooses us to be conformed into His image and regardless of where we are Born we will be saved because we seek after Him with all our heart and He knew we would.

    I found some Scripture AdjustedSails that explains it better than me but of course there are many, many more as we know , yes a Treasure Chest of them and with The Holy Spirit’s empowering us having God’s wisdom in Christ Jesus as He leads us, we will understand them, we ask and receive (1Corinthins2:9-16).

    Romans 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.

    2 Timothy 2:19-21 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are His. And, let every one that nameth the Name of Christ depart from iniquity.

    Jeremiah 29:12-13 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

    Proverbs 8:17 I Love them that Love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.

    Christian Love from us both – Anne.

    • Anne, thank you so much for your added words of encouragement and scriptural reference. i really, really appreciate the time you take to respond in thoughtful study of the Word! also, thank you for this: “God knew before we were conceived that we would have heart repentance and accept the free gift of Salvation in Christ Jesus”. thank u for that b/c i often, often wonder WHY God’s love hardens some hearts and softens others, why He would choose to pursue me, and others seem to fall by the wayside..but you’re echoing what someone else shared with me recently, so thank you! i’ll just bask in His sovereignty, what He’s done and is doing. God bless you both!

      • God never literally hardens hearts AdjustedSails, hearts are hardened because of their sin as the Scriptures tell us, not by God although we are created to reap what we sow and this is why it is said it is from Him but if people choose to keep disobeying God there hearts will be hardened as Pharaoh’s was by his continual disobedience.

        How very wrong and unjust if God sent someone to Hell because He hardened their heart against their will, the problem a lot of people have is understanding what the true meaning of the Scriptures are including the old Hebrew, only as we ask and receive God’s wisdom and by The empowering of the Holy Spirit can we understand God’s Truth in Scripture. 1Corinthians2:9-16

        God allows people to have free will which is what the Scripture that you are referring to when read in context is saying, so if people reject Jesus there is no other way to God, their hearts are hardened and so they are separated from Him, they then continually disobey Him so they die spiritually, yes God created them so we can say it is by His hand but like us they reap what they sow, same as Pharaoh but it is they who literally harden their own heart by their disobedience.

        Blessings Anne.

        • thanks for reading and commenting. i don’t have time to go back now and see what prompted this response, but i appreciate you sharing your response to this post. for now, i’ll say that all throughout exodus, the Word of God declares that the Lord hardened pharaoh’s heart; further, there are other instances in the old and new testament where He indicates the same (e.g., Joshua 11:20, John 12:40, Romans 9:18)

          i believe God’s love is akin to the sunshine and our hearts can be affected by His love either as wax would – melting under the heat of His love, or as clay would – hardening under the heat of His love. either way, i believe we ALL experience His love and the same God and same love affects us differently based on our hearts’ conditions just like the same sun and same heat affects clay and wax differently. let me know what u think, and thanks again 🙂

  2. Beautiful post. Lovely to remember that even when I’m unaware, filled with the routine of daily tasks, my Lord and Savior is interceding for me. So thankful that he invited me into his family as an adopted daughter an heir.

    • AMEN!! I needed that EGW post today…so, so timely before i can allow my emotions to run away and just later regret having wasted the day sulking over what God has already spoken on…smh…glory to His name!

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