The Word's Christian Fellowship, Inc.

#140 We Don't Even Need To Ask                                                          February 4, 2018 

 

My late uncle was a Chief Warrant Officer on the USS Indianapolis in July of 1945. At that time, the USS Indianapolis delivered the crucial components of the first operational atomic bomb, that later ended the war with Japan, to a naval base on the Pacific island of Tinian. Having completed that mission, the ship sailed from Guam on July 28, 1945.

Shortly after midnight, on July 30, 1945, a torpedo launched from a Japanese submarine hit the Indianapolis in the starboard bow. Then another torpedo from the same submarine hit closer to midship. The Indianapolis began taking on massive amounts of water, and the ship sank in just 12 minutes. Of the 1,196 men on board, an estimated 900 made it into the water alive ¾ including my uncle. After 5 days and 4 nights, 317 survivors were pulled from the water ¾ including my uncle. The USS Indianapolis was the last major U.S. Navy ship sunk by enemy action in World War II and remains the greatest single loss of life at sea, from a single ship, in the history of the U.S. Navy.

I have no idea what any of the rest of those men were thinking as they plunged into the Pacific that night or what they thought about in the coming days. But I know exactly what my uncle was thinking the whole time. He told me on more than one occasion. He said that all he ever thought about was that his mother, my grandma, was praying to God for him.

My grandma was a wonderful believer, but she didn’t know the Truth of God’s Word about speaking in tongues so all she could do was pray with her understanding. She didn’t know she could make intercession for her son according to the will of God by speaking in tongues. When I asked my uncle what it was like when the ship went down or when he was in the water for 5 days, he would always say something like, “Well, it was tough, but I knew Mom was praying for me.” My grandma doesn’t pray anymore. She fell asleep decades ago to await the Return of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We pray a lot in our Fellowships here both with our understanding and by speaking in tongues. I send out prayer requests by text message almost daily regarding individual believers who need our prayers with our understanding and our intercession by speaking in tongues at a given time. If I didn’t send out the text message prayer request other believers might not know about the specific need. I send out a prayer request by text so other believers can pray with their understanding and make intercession by speaking in tongues too. I think from now on I’ll call them prayer/intercession requests because that is what they truly are.

          Romans 8:27: And he [God] that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind [thinking] of the Spirit [new birth spirit in
          manifestation by speaking in tongues], because he [it-the new birth spirit in manifestation by speaking in tongues] maketh
          intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

Sometimes, after prayers have been answered, I hear back from the folks we pray for, and they tell me how thankful they are knowing the believers were praying for them. I completely understand that and I feel the same way knowing believers pray for me, not just with their understanding but by making intercession for me by speaking in tongues too.

However, there’s one human who never needs a text or any other type of message requesting intercession for the believers. That’s what he does for us as his brothers and sisters in God’s Family all the time. He’s our lord and savior, Jesus Christ. He died too, almost 2000 years ago ¾ but God raised him from the dead to die no more and he is now at the right hand of God making intercession for us.

          Romans 8:34: Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the
          right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

We don’t need to ask him. That’s what he’ll continue to do for all the saints until he returns to gather us all together ¾ and that could be this moment. Having other believers pray and make intercession is wonderful, but isn’t it even more wonderful that the Lord Jesus Christ himself “maketh intercession for us”? We may fall short in our efforts or even fall asleep to await the Return of the Lord Jesus Christ ¾ but he doesn’t and he dies no more.

Life may be challenging at times but:
         
Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God,
          who also maketh intercession for us.

We don’t even need to ask ¾ and today could be the day of his Return.

                                              © Stephen A. Harrison  The Word’s Christian Fellowship, Inc.  4415 Yank Road  Wilson, NC 27893