Jesus and his disciple, Simon Peter, had an interesting exchange one day. Suddenly, in the midst of his sharing with his disciples concerning His kingdom, the Lord turned to Peter and said, ‘Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat, BUT I HAVE PRAYED FOR YOU, that your faith may not fail, and when you have turned again, strengthen your brethren.” What Jesus predicted came to pass. Peter’s weakness was exposed; but the prayer of Jesus for him prevailed, and Peter became a strong witness for Christ, doing much to “strengthen his brethren” as Jesus instructed. (Luke 22:31)
What stood out to me here was that JESUS PRAYED FOR PETER! According to the Scriptures, this was (is) not the only time He prayed/prays for His own. But, “because He continues forever, He has an unchangeable priesthood, and so is able to save to the uttermost ALL that come unto God by Him, seeing HE EVER LIVES TO MAKE INTERCESSION FOR THEM…” The Lord is spoken of by Isaiah as He Who “pleads the cause of His people!” And Paul states that “…there is one God, and ONE MEDIATOR between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (Heb. 7:24,25; Isa. 51:22; 1 Tim. 2:5)
Did you know that JESUS, seated at the right hand of the Father, PRAYS for YOU?! INTERCEDES for YOU?!
Furthermore, when we don’t know how to pray, He also helps us. “…for we know not what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself INTERCEDES FOR US…and He that searches the hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because HE INTERCEDES FOR THE SAINTS according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose…
“What therefore shall we say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?… Christ Jesus died and rose again, and is even at the right hand of God, WHO ALSO INTERCEDES FOR US!…Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall affliction, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?…NO! In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him Who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord!” (Rom. 8:26-39)
Infinite Wisdom and Infinite Love,
Praying for me to the Father above,
Asking for me what You know is best -
Surely my heart in this knowledge can rest.
Wrapped in my darkness and ignorance here,
With Your great prayer let me not interfere;
Let me not cross that petition Divine,
Losing a blessing that might have been mine.
Teach me to pray that Your will, so begun,
May in my life and my spirit be done.
Here is my confidence, here can I rest:
You alone know and so ask for the best.
Annie Johnson Flint (1866-1932)
How does Jesus pray for us? John 17 gives us an example of how Jesus prays for His own. After praying for those who were His followers in the days of His humanity, He continued,
“I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word, that they may all be one, even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be IN US, so that the world may believe that You sent Me. The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one: I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me. Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father, although the world has not known You, yet I have known You, and these have known that You sent Me. I have made Your name known to them, and will make it known, so that the love with which You have loved Me may be in them, and I IN THEM !” (John 17:20-26)
Will the prayers of Jesus on our behalf be answered? We have every possible assurance that they will. Our confidence is in Him Whose Word is infallible and Whose Power is unlimited, Whose Love is boundless and Whose Wisdom is infinite!
I pray that God, Who gives HOPE, will bless you with
complete happiness and peace because of your faith,
and may the power of the Holy Spirit fill you with HOPE.”
In Agape, Eulene