This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek. (Hebrews 6:19:20 NKJV)

Thought for the Day: The Christian’s hope is heavenly; therefore it is said to enter into “that within the veil.” Within the veil was the holiest of all, typical of the third heaven; that is, the immediate presence of God. That within the veil was the ark of the covenant, typical of Christ. Now Christ is entered into the immediate presence of God, on our behalf. He is entered as Forerunner and as High Priest. Our hope centered in Him acts as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast. Our hope has anchored itself already in the glorified Lord Jesus. We are already anchored to the Person and the place, to whom and to which we are going. (Notes from F.B. Hole)

Prayer: Christ Jesus, you are the great high priest. You have gone before us and opened up a way for us to follow, and because you are our high priest, we are able to enter into the presence of the Father. Thank you for coming to earth and experiencing temptation and suffering far more than we experience so that you could intercede on our behalf. For all of those who are experiencing illness, grief, and harm, please hear our prayers of intercession. Thank you for everything that you have blessed us within this place, dear Lord. The changing colors of fall remind us of how magnificent a Creator you are, and we praise you. We thank you for those serving you in leadership and ask for your blessings upon their work. Most of all, we are grateful that we have been reconciled to you, O God, through the death of Jesus Christ, your Son. We rejoice that he went to the cross for us, rose again, and is now before your throne in heaven above, pleading our cause and leading us to righteousness. In the most precious name of Jesus, we pray, Amen.

*Prayer retrieved from OrchardBaptist.net.

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