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Epistle to the Hebrews

Epistle to the Hebrews

Pray for us, for our conscience is clear and we want to live honorably in everything we do. And especially pray that I will be able to come back to you soon.” Hebrews 13:18-9

  • Pray for us

Our author has not been asking the readers anything for himself except prayers. Why would a leader with such spiritual maturity request the prayers of weak believers? Sometimes spiritual leaders think they are too strong and refuse to ask others to pray for them. Is it the pride to express that they are in need? Leaders need prayers no matter how close to God they are.

Our Lord is not too busy to listen to the prayers of His saints. Our prayers for others also demonstrate our interests for their well being, ministries, health and families. Not everyone has the possibility to help financially or has the ability to support a particular godly cause. However, we are all qualified to express our concerns to God about it.

I have a godly friend who prays for me and it’s such an honor for me to have him pray for me. He is a simple man whose prayer support are of much value to me. I also had a close friend from abroad whom I never met and who regularly prayed for me. When I was going through tough times, she interceded for me. She had such faith and God miraculously answered her prayers for me. Even when she passed away, her prayers for me were still being answered. Saying “Pray for me” has in store blessings and we should not hesitate to make such requests to our brothers and sisters. Similarly ,we should also have at heart to pray for those asking “Pray for me”. Let us not be selfish but sincerely and seriously pray for those seeking our prayer supports.

  • Clear conscience

First of all having a clear conscience does not mean that if we do not feel guilty in our mind that it means we are doing the right thing. We imperatively need to constantly examine ourselves through the scripture because the heart is deceitful. We have seen the author’s heart, genuine faith and maturity and we can easily deduce that he is such a godly man. Our author is a feeble sinful man like us and has the desire to  live honorably in everything he does. Some church goers do not even have a clear conscience in what they do. It might be regarding their own family, at work, at church or even towards God. Let us be honest, not everyone in church live honorably. Some are involved in fraudulent transactions or participate in immoral activities.

Having a clear conscience is not based only on how we live and what we do but also on our testimony. We need to testify when required.

For example, when Paul was testifying in the high council, he said in Acts 23:1 :

Gazing intently at the high council,Paul began: “Brothers, I have always lived before God with a clear conscience!

If someone asks for the reason of our beliefs, we should voice it out. Peter said:

And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ.” 1 Peter 3:15

Paul said to Timothy:

Cling to your faith in Christ, and keep your conscience clear. For some people have deliberately violated their consciences; as a result, their faith has been shipwrecked.” 1 Tim 1:19

It is an inner satisfaction to know that we are doing God’s will. Is it not tragic that some people deliberately go against what they know is right?

Finally, our author expressed his desire to see again the Hebrews. It would have probably been better if he could deliver his exhortations without being limited through a letter. However, God in His infinite wisdom found it good to separate by distance the author and his recipients so that after 2000 years we could benefit such valuable written teachings.

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Posted October 12, 2013 by Cedric in Theology

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