March 13, 2019

I Have Prayed for You

Luke 22:24~46

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A commotion rises among the disciples, caused by the issue of “Who is the biggest among us?” at the last supper of the Passover. With a painful heart, Jesus is watching the disciples who do not know about His suffering that is to take place in anytime soon.

“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, so your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”

He replies, “Lord, I am ready to go with You to prison and to death.”

Jesus answers, “I tell you, Peter, before the rooster crows today, you will deny three times that you know Me.”

After the supper, Jesus goes out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples followed Him.

“Pray that you will not fall into temptation.”

After leaving these words, Jesus puts His hands together at a distance far from them. How earnest He is that His sweat becomes like drops of blood falling to the ground! When He goes back to His disciples, He finds them asleep. He wakes them up.

“Why are you sleeping?” He asks them. “Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.”

Jesus knew about the suffering that He would face soon. It was extreme pain that He wanted to avoid, but He refused to be released because He had to undergo that to save His children. However, He could not just be free from the worries about His disciples who were weak in faith. Jesus prayed earnestly for Peter, who boasted about his faith by saying he would follow Jesus to his death, because He knew that Peter’s faith would be shaken by the time he saw Jesus being cruelly mistreated. The reason that Peter could turn back to preach the gospel after denying Jesus even three times was that Jesus loved him and had prayed for him.

The prayer of God for His children not to fall into temptation continues today, too. God’s desperate prayer enables us to overcome all temptations and suffering with faith.

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