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About-Him.Com Devotional 04-02-2016
Jesus Prayed For Us That We Would Not Fail
Luke 22:31 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:
32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.
33 And he said unto him, Lord, I am ready to go with thee, both into prison, and to death.
The text above was spoken to Peter by our Lord at the last supper. Jesus who knew what was in the hearts of men, knew that Peter was about to betray Him. Yet he loved him and prayed for him that his faith would not fail. Jesus prayed for Peter because Satan had desired to sift him as wheat.
Even though Peter had left all to faithfully follow Jesus, he still lacked the sustaining power that would keep him from denying Jesus. Peter boasted within himself that he would follow the Lord into prison and even unto death. He could not keep his boast because he did not have the sustaining power of the Holy Ghost which was poured out on the day of Pentecost. After the infilling of the Spirit, Peter never looked back and he died as a martyr.
Just as Satan desired to kill Peter spiritually, he also desired to sift us as wheat. However, just as Jesus prayed for Peter He also prayed for us (Jn. 17:21) .
1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
Jesus continues to pray and intercede for us from the throne of heaven.
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.
Hebrews 7:25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
When everything is going well, it?s easy to think that we have faith. but if it is never put to the test, we may find that we come up lacking.
1 Peter 4:12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ?s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
Satan desires to send sickness and calamity upon us and when he does we are tempted to despair. We have an advocate with the Father (1 Jn. 2:1) who pleads our cause and who indwells us by His Spirit.
1 Peter 1:5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
When Satan brings trials and afflictions in an effort to defeat us, we resist him with steadfast faith.
1 Peter 5:9a Whom resist stedfast in the faith,
We need to be careful to make prayer and intercession for others because every single believer is under the attack of Satan.
Ephesians 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
1 Peter 5:9b....knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
When a believer is down, he tends to look down, until he feels the uplifting prayers of God?s saints that cause him to look up.
Psalms 51:12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me [with thy] free spirit.
Hebrews 12:13 And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.
1 Peter 1:13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
Jesus was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace [was] upon him; and with his stripes we are healed (Is. 53:5). He has promised to never leave or forsake us and to go with us even unto the end of the world (He. 13:5; Mt.28:20).
Song: My God, My King and My Redeemer
When we have done all we can, we must still wait for God to accomplish His purposes. As we wait, we can fix our eyes on Jesus as a companion who empathizes with our suffering and a Saviour who is working behind the scenes. Difficult circumstances seem to increase our ability to experience intimacy with Christ. - Ruth Ann Ridley
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