June 23, 2010

Ministry in Word

Divine Petition – Part 5
神的祈求 – 第五篇

(Partially based on Charles Spurgeon’s “Morning and Evening” devotional)

Luke 22:31-32

“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.”


Continued from Part 4

Jesus is Proactive

Even before Satan had started to tempt us Jesus hindered him, providing us a way out. Beside his intervention of Satan’s temptation, he also entered a plea in heaven for us,interceding for our sins. His mercy outruns the malice of the evil one.


He did not say, “Satan has sifted you and I will pray.” To have Jesus prayed for us after the fact would have been good. He is the perfectly righteous man and so His prayer is most powerful and effective. But He said, “Satan has asked for you.” That means that Jesus countered Satan’s wicked desires and he cut them off early on. Therefore Apostle James said, “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7) When we resist Satan he will flee from us because Jesus had nipped in the bud Satan’s evil desires concerning us and his wicked deeds against us.


Jesus did not say, “I have desired to pray for you,” or “I have planned to pray for you,” or “I have intended to pray for you.” It is good for us that Jesus has a strong desire to pray for us, or a good intention to pray for us. But if it is not carried out or if it is carried out late, it is useless. But Jesus did not say so. He said, “I have prayed for you. I have
already done it. I have gone to the heavenly court and entered a counterplea before an accusation is made.” Yes, Jesus has prayed for us. Unlike some of us who sometimes have good intention but little action, Jesus is proactive concerning our situations. He prays for us and intercedes for us all the time at the right time.


Jesus prays for us so that our faith should not fail. He prays so that we will come through Satan’s sifting victoriously, so that we will be able to see the faithfulness of God in sustaining us, and as a result it will strengthen our stand for God.



What a comfort to know that Jesus has pleaded our cause against our unseen enemy the devil, that He has nullified the accusations against us by the accuser, that He has identified his attack and neutralized it. That should give us great joy, gratitude, hope, and confidence in our daily walk with Jesus, our Lord and Savior.


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