Hebrews 7:25 — “Therefore he is able, once and forever, to save those who come to God through him. He lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf.”
“Pray for Me”. These three words are heard very often in Christian circles, as they should be. The scripture is clear that we ought to pray for one another (James 5:16, Ephesians 6:18). There is a certain comfort that strengthens believers when we know that our brothers and sisters are petitioning God on our behalf. However, there is no greater joy than knowing we serve a God who “Lives Forever”, and prays for us foremost. What a comfort to know when I am without strength, and quite frankly don’t know how God is working things out. There is an intercessor who knows exactly what I need.
Peter is one of the most colorful characters in the New Testament. Many are able to relate to his passionate outbursts, that seem to backfire on him. Just think about how many folks would not be able to quote, “Take up your cross and follow me”, if he had not attempted to reprimand the Lord for going to the cross. Tons of folks who quote that scripture leaves off the part about self-denial, but that’s another topic for another time. Also, consider had Peter not cut off Malchus’ servants’ ear, how we would never see, “Live by the Sword, Die By the Sword”, tattoos all over the place. As you can see Peter has had some pretty significant things happen in his walk with the Lord, which have impacted lots of people, but none stand out to me more than his denial of the Lord.
How traumatic that must have been for Peter to have denied the Lord, who he followed with so much fervor. But even in his weakest recorded hour, we see that Jesus had already made provision to keep Peter’s faith intact, through prayer.
Luke 22: 31-32
“31 Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift each of you like wheat. 32 But I have pleaded in prayer for you, Simon, that your faith should not fail. So when you have repented and turned to me again, strengthen your brothers.” – NLT
Thank God for the prayers of Jesus. After the period of turmoil, Peter was restored and became instrumental in the founding of the Church (God’s people). Despite, what the situation looks like, and our inability to see our way out. God is still sovereign.
Prayer: Father, thank you for being sovereign. Help me to realize that you are in Heaven praying for your Church. And that you live forever, and don’t get tired of praying. Reveal yourself in a life-changing way to someone who is reading this blog. Lord, I pray that it will cause your presence to rest upon someone in a life-altering way. In Jesus’ name, Amen.