Jesus is Praying for me... and you!
“’Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.’” But he [Simon] replied, “Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death.” Jesus answered, “I tell you, Peter, before the rooster crows today, you will deny three times that you know Me.” Luke 22: 31-34
I asked Jesus to come live in my heart almost 60 years ago. I’ve traveled many years walking with Him. I’ve made many mistakes and chosen the wrong path more often than I like to remember. Life experience has left me wounded, often I fight myself in my prayer closet. Yet, I am a college and self - educated theologian and counselor. I KNOW that God is God and recognize that I will never understand the character of God or His sovereignty. I am not God, not even close nor do I want to be God. But, being bluntly honest, I am struggling with the lack of purpose in my life right now; not confident at all that I have value in the kingdom.
I’m have no desire to explain particulars, those of you who know me personally are aware of them. You, my faithful prayer warriors, are holding my arms up toward that Father; just as Aaron and Hur did for Moses in the desert. But, as always, God spoke to me through His Word today and I’d like to affirm His words for you! Possibly, you have been to the many forks in the road and intersections that I am traversing with Rick right now. Maybe His words will help you, too!
Think about the promise Jesus made to Simon (Peter) in these verses. Jesus tells him that Satan has asked to “sift as wheat” (or test) all the apostles. We know the end of the story, we know Judas dies a sinful man, but I am SO VERY pumped up about what Jesus promises Simon (Peter), “I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail.” THIS IS SO COOL; Jesus is praying for Simon’s (Peter) faith and I am sure He is praying for mine... and yours!!!
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