“I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word;” (Jn. 17:20 NKJ)
The scripture above should put a smile on your face. Jesus prayed for you! Well, you might ask, “How did you know that?” The second part of the verse gives us the answer. It says, ” . . . but also for those who will believe in Me through their word.” Did you believe in Jesus through the word that someone preached to you? Then you are included in the “those who will believe” noted above.
Jesus prayed for you, just as He prayed for Peter who was about to face a major crisis wherein he would deny his Master. Jesus told him, “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 NKJ.)
Jesus prayed for Peter that his faith would not fail. And indeed Peter’s faith did not fail. He was able to overcome the guilt, shame, and condemnation and return to Jesus.
The Lord’s prayer for Peter is still in full force for you today, that your faith will not fail as you step out today. In fact, Jesus is still interceding for you right now! The scripture says, “Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.” (Rom. 8:34 NKJ)
Jesus is so concerned about you and is still interceding and praying for you from heaven. Be strong and courageous, and face the day without fear or anxiety.
Can you see how intercession for someone can make a difference? See Peter’s story again above.
APPLY THE WORD
Let the joy of Christ’s love fill your heart today as you remember He is still praying for you.
Thank the Lord for praying for you even after ascending up to heaven.
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