Divine Petition – Part 3
神的祈求 – 第三篇
(Partially based on Charles Spurgeon’s “Morning and Evening” devotional)
Continued from Part 2
Jesus Prays for Us
In the Gospel of Luke chapter 22, when Jesus was having His last Passover supper with His twelve disciples, He told His disciple Simon Peter:
“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.” (Lk 22:31-32)
Jesus told Peter that He had prayed for him, so that his faith might be preserved. It was Jesus’ prayer for Peter, so this prayer was powerful and effective. Although Peter subsequently denied our Lord three times, but he was eventually restored by Jesus. As Peter represented Jesus’ disciples in his days back then, today he represents all of Jesus’ disciples. So Jesus’ prayer for Peter may also be taken as His prayer for us.
Jesus Our Constant Advocate
If so, how encouraging it is for us to know that our Redeemer Jesus Christ never ceases interceding for us. He intercedes for us when we pray and in between our prayers. He pleads our case and advocates our cause to God. As His supplications protected Peter from his danger of failing faith, they also shield us from the dangers oblivious to us. If we should know how often Satan wants to sift us, then we know how great Jesus’ intercession has been for us. It is God’s mercy to us that we do not know or see the great and small dangers of which we have been spared, otherwise we will be too fearful to live our life.
Let’s look at how comforting His words to Peter were. He said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But. . .” But what? “But go and pray for yourself”? That would be good advice, because we need to pray in the face of trouble. But it is not what Jesus said. And He did not say, “But I will keep you watchful, so you will be preserved,” even though that would be a great blessing from God. Instead Jesus said, “But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail”. Lord Jesus has prayed for us in our daily challenges as He had prayed for Peter when Satan wanted to shake him up and put a snare on his path to stumble him. Jesus does not just leave us alone to fend for ourselves; He goes directly to the Father to plead our cases.
让我们看一看他对彼得的一番话是多带安慰的，他说，「西门！西门！撒但想要得着你们，好筛你们像筛麦子一样；但. . .」但什麽？「但去为你自己祈祷」？这也会是一个好忠告，因为我们面临苦难时须要祈祷，但这并非耶稣说的。而他亦没有说，「但我会使你警醒，让你可以得以保全」，虽然那会是从神来的一大祝福。耶稣而是说，「但我已经为你祈求，叫你不至於失了信心。」主耶稣已经为我们在我们每日的难题上祈求，就如当撒但要摇动彼得和放绊脚石在他的路上要使他跌倒之时耶稣为他祈求一样。耶稣不会不顾我们让我们保护自己，而是他直接到天父那里为我们的事请求。
To be continued next week.
May we be thankful for Jesus’ continual prayer for us. May we be confident in our perseverance with our faith in Christ.
Tom and Tehwan Tso
“The outcome of your faith is the salvation of your souls.” 1Peter 1:9
“信心的果效， 就是灵魂的救恩” 彼得前书1：9