Aug 2 - Prayer Life of Jesus 9

Simon Peter, look out! Satan has asked to sift you like wheat.
But I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And you, when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.  
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Luke 22:31 

Jesus is soon to be arrested, accused, and sentenced to death. Yet He is concerned for Peter’s well-being!

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Jesus says to Peter, I have prayed for you. Think about that. Peter, a fisherman by trade, had the Lord of the Universe praying for him! Wouldn’t you like to have Jesus praying for you? Well, you do.  Hebrews 7:25 tells believers to have confidence, because (Jesus) always lives to intercede for them. That’s a message to us today. Jesus is praying for us. That ought to give us some kind of hope!

What exactly was Jesus praying for on Peter’s behalf?

Jesus knew that Peter had a target on his back, and Satan was aiming for him! So he said,  “Peter, this is what I’m praying for you...”

That your faith may not fail. Jesus knew that when He was condemned and crucified Peter would be in for a real faith challenge. Jesus prayed that Peter would prove strong and faithful.

And you, when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers. Jesus was praying that Peter’s experience would give him the ability to better strengthen (minister to) others. Jesus knew Peter was going to blow it... and even told him how - This very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times. ~Matthew 26:34.

Jesus prayed that Peter wouldn’t quit or walk away from his faith because of his failure, but rather,
when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers. He prayed that Peter would turn back to Himself, and because of his failure and restoration be even more effective in his ministry to others!

I need to remember today that Jesus is praying for me. He is praying personally and specifically, because He knows what I am (and will be) facing. That should give me a great deal of peace!
It should also motivate me to live in a way that His prayers on my behalf are answered!


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