I'm Praying for You
‘Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to have all of you, to sift you like wheat. But I have pleaded in prayer for you, Simon, that your faith should not fail.’ (Luke 22:31-32, NLT)
"I’ll pray for you." How quickly those well-intentioned words seem to slip out of our mouths, only to then find that we neglect to pray the promised prayers. Thankfully, the Lord Jesus isn’t like that! He has promised to pray for us, and that’s a promise that he is keeping right now. Both of us writers find this staggering; it bowls us over. To think that Christ is praying for us! It seems incredible – but it’s absolutely true!
So, how does Jesus pray for us? First, He’s praying for us – just as He prayed for Simon and the other disciples – that our faith may not fail; that we won’t lose our faith or give up, but that our trust in Him will remain strong, despite all challenges and opposition. Secondly, He prays to the Father that "you protect them from the evil one" (John 17:15) who "prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour" (1 Peter 5:8). Thirdly, He is constantly interceding for us, for He intimately knows our weaknesses and can therefore brings us and them before our Father. He is always praying for us, "always on the job to speak up for [us]" (Hebrews 7:25, The Message). Fourthly, He prays for us that that we may be united with other believers, "that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you … so that the world may believe that you have sent me" (John 17:21). Wow! All of that, and for you and me!
What does this mean for our lives? That Jesus understands right now what you are facing and going through. We couldn’t possibly know the circumstances of every reader; but Jesus does! Let this promise bring deep assurance today: Jesus is praying for you right now, just as He promised!
But because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. (Hebrews 7:24-25)
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