I believe there is a legitimate way to “Plead the Blood of Jesus” based on a good understanding of what the Scriptures teach and it is not to either force God’s hand to grant us our wishes or as a magical charm to ward off troubles. (See my previous post – or rant – about “Pleading the Blood…What?”)
We look to the Blood as an inspiration to worship. When we consider and meditate on the horror of Jesus’ suffering on our behalf, and when we meditate on the depth of love that caused Him to endure the Cross, our only appropriate response is worship. The Blood drives us to our knees. The Blood humbles our pride and demands. The Blood wraps our prayers in adoration. When we plead the Blood in worship we recognize that our sin plunged the spear into His side and our rebellion nailed the spikes into His hands. The blood that poured from those wounds completely and eternally took away all the guilt, shame and condemnation of that sin. The Blood did what no human effort could accomplish. The Blood was shed voluntarily even while we still rejected His overture of love. That is why we worship and that is how we plead the Blood. And every time we take Communion, every time we take the bread and the wine as an expression of worship, we plead the blood that cleanses our sin.
We plead the Blood to deflect and defeat the accusations of the devil. When he throws our sin in our face and reminds us of what terrible Christians we are, we can say to him, “Yep, but the Blood of Jesus makes me whole, righteous, clean and guilt free. Go away!” When devil tries to convince us that we are worthless we can say to him, “That’s not true, the Blood of Jesus makes me infinitely valuable. Go away!” When the devil whispers to us that no one could possibly love us we can say to him, “That’s not true, the Blood of Jesus proves He loves me. Go away!” Any and every accusation, lie, condemnation, denunciation or allegation that the devil could level against us is dealt with by the Blood. Remember that Jesus disarmed the devil at the Cross (Colossians 2:13-15). The devil may bark at us but he has no bite and we can plead the Blood to remind him of that. We are able to defeat his schemes by standing firm on the work of Christ, not our own merit. We disable his weapons when we declare the power of the Blood. (Rev 12:11)
Finally, we plead the Blood every time we approach God as a good and loving Father. It is only because of the Blood that we can be confident and secure in knowing He accepts us, receives us and is happy to spend time with us. We are His pride and joy. We are the apple of His eye. We run into His arms not to demand some “legal” right but enjoy our Daddy.
Oh, my friends, this hardly does justice to all the wonders to be found in the Blood. We can take each teaching found in Scripture concerning the Blood and spend a lifetime sounding its depths. Let us not accepted the emaciated teaching that looks upon the Blood as a means to demand of God our wishes or that views it as a force field that protects our stuff. Instead let us look to the Blood, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3:15-19)