Saturday, April 30, 2016

Jesus Prays for Us

April 30

Daily Bible Reading: Luke 22:31 – 53

Verse of the Day: Luke 22:31 – 32 – “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan asked to have you, that he might sift you as wheat: but I made supplication for thee, that thy faith fail not; and do thou, when once thou hast turned again, establish thy brethren.”

In this passage in the Greek we see some interesting thoughts concerning the word “you.” In the first usage, it is in the second person plural referring to all of the disciples. Satan had asked permission to trouble all of the disciples (remember him asking to trouble Job in the Old Testament). But in the latter usage is in the second person singular meaning that they refer to Peter specially.

What do we see? First, Satan needs to ask permission to tempt us. Second, notice that he wants to trouble all believers. Third, we see that Jesus restored Peter before he had actually denied Him. So, when we face temptations (and failures) know that they are temporary to prepare us for triumphant service to Christ.

Prayer: Jesus, thank You for praying for me before I fall, and the restoration You can give.

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