What does Jesus pray for you?
In the next four weeks I’m going to share five sections of scripture and my thoughts from these verses.
These can be found in an new book published by Moody Bible Institute called Daily Seeds from women who walk in faith: Edited by Anita Lustrea and Meldinda Schmidt and Lori Neff.
There is a link here: Daily Seeds From Women Who Walk in Faith and on our web site if you want to find out more about this devotional.
I hope you will be blessed and helped as I was by these thoughts. Blessings, Kay
And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you Simon, that your faith may not fail and when you have returned to me, strengthen your brothers. Luke 22: 31-32
|Sifting or threshing wheat is an aggressive process of beating, shaking and tossing to separate the grain from the straw and chaff.
Satan asks specifically to “thresh” Peter hoping to separate him from his Lord.
Jesus’ response to Satan’s bold request?
Jesus could have prayed for countless things as Peter faced the dark days ahead. Jesus did not pray that Peter wouldn’t fail, for He knows what a valuable teacher failure can be.
He did not pray that Satan could have no influence. In fact, Jesus does not refuse Satan’s request and during Peter’s threshing he struggles to the point of denying His Lord. Yet, even the schemes of our enemy are tools in the hand of a mighty, sovereign, God.
Satan desires to destroy and indeed the devil’s work may tear down and expose, but God is ready to rebuild to His glory.
Jesus prays for one thing; that Peter’s faith wouldn’t fail. Faith: Clinging to Jesus when nothing makes sense and the dark places inside us lay exposed. Eventually, faith enables us to return to Jesus after every failure with a deeper awareness of whom He is and who we are.
We face the same enemy.
Like Peter we must learn that we all have the capacity to deny our Lord when life gets difficult, our prayers are unanswered and our hopes are dashed. When you can’t go on, when you feel like giving up on Jesus, He is praying for you that your faith will not fail. When his prayer is answered and you return to Him, strengthen others.
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Heb 4:13
Have you been hurt in relationships?
Perhaps your parents, a spouse, your friend or child, have wounded you.
Do you need to talk to someone who really understands?
Jesus knows exactly how you feel.
Have you experienced betrayal?
Judas was unfaithful to Jesus. He understands what it feels like when a trusted person is disloyal.
Have you been embarrassed, humiliated, ashamed or exposed?
Jesus hung naked on a cross. He knows the experience of shame.
Have you been afraid, overwhelmed, desperate for a way out, so distressed you felt as if you could not go on?
Jesus describes all these feelings in the Garden of Gethsemane. Perhaps you feel alone and abandoned. All of Jesus’ disciples deserted him at his hour of need. Maybe you even feel like God as left you. Jesus cried on the cross, “My God, my god why have you forsaken me?” Some of you have been physically or emotionally abused. Jesus suffered beatings and insults; He can sympathize with you. All of us face rejection or feel misunderstood at times. Jesus was rejected by many. He was opposed and falsely accused by the Pharisees. Life was not fair for Jesus. When you hurt, come with confidence to Jesus and talk to him. He knows exactly how you feel. He looks at you with eyes of compassion, and a heart that knows suffering. He longs to bathe your wounds in His mercy and grace.
Love and blessings,
Milan and Kay
Next week: More sections of scripture and my thoughts from these verses.