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He Is Praying For You

June 13, 2014 by

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And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.” ~Luke 22:31-34 (NKJV)

As our family was reading this chapter, several thoughts came to mind. The first was, Has Satan asked to sift our family like wheat? Surely there are seasons in our lives where it seems like everything that can go wrong does, and we wonder if Godly testing might just be reason behind our circumstances.

My next thought was the overwhelming comfort I felt in Jesus’ words, “I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail.” I cannot even begin to put into words the peace that this sentence gives me; as I know that my Jesus not only prayed this for Peter, but that He prays it for you and I as well.

Though this passage is very familiar to me, what really stuck out to me this time was Jesus’s next words, “and when you have returned to Me”. How loving our Jesus is, that He was not only allowing Peter to know what he was about to endure, and why, but He was giving him the end of the story. The story ends well for Peter, as we all know, but I love that Jesus let him know that from the start.

Things are no different for us.

Jesus said in John 16:33, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (NKJV)

The world we live in offers us tribulation, but Jesus has given us all we need in Him. He is praying for us. He gives us His peace. He overcomes the world. He will never leave us or forsake us. And in the end, He wins!

So, take comfort, friends. When Satan is sifting us like wheat, when the world is offering its tribulations, and when things seem hopeless, rest in these words of Jesus…

I know of no greater comfort than this.

Thank You, Jesus, that we can find strength knowing that You are praying for us.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the hope You have given us, both in Jesus and in our future. This world doesn’t always play nice, but You have given us a peace that is so much greater. Thank You, Jesus, that we can find strength knowing that You are praying for us. Oh, that our faith would not fail! Thank You that the sifting won’t last forever, and for the promise that You have overcome the world. Help us to remember these truths in the midst of our trials. In the precious name of Jesus, we pray. Amen. 

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6 Responses to He Is Praying For You

  1. Rick

    That saying, “a family that prays together, stays together”, just took on an much deeper meaning as I read this morning’s devotion. To think that the head of our family prays for each one of us makes it as personal as when we ponder how much he suffered on the cross for each one of us. I feel so unworthy of his love at times in my humaness, but am at the same time so in awe at the reach of his love, I have to respond. Yet even in my responses to his greatness, I feel he deserves more than I can give. Knowing He is praying for my faith to not fail in those moments gives me great hope. How amazing is God’s grace in our lives? Thank you Heather for a beautiful visit this morning!

    • Heather

      That’s a very good thought, Rick. Jesus praying for us sure gives that statement a whole new light, doesn’t it? Thanks for sharing that.

  2. Arlene Baker

    I have been sifted but thank you, JESUS that you never leave me or forsake me. YOUR sacrifice defeated Satan at the cross and we are victorious. Thank you, dear Heather for your precious heart of service and faith. Hugs and blessings!

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