“Simon, stay on your toes. Satan has tried his best to separate all of you from me, like chaff from wheat. Simon, I’ve prayed for you in particular that you not give in or give out. When you have come through the time of testing, turn to your companions and give them a fresh start.”
(Luke 22:31-32 MSG)
I had a very remarkable dream a few days ago. In my dream, I was going through some difficult moments which were testing my commitment to Christ. But they didn’t because thankfully, in one of the rooms I entered, there were people diligently praying for me. I didn’t recognize who they were, but I remembered their words, “We’ve been praying really hard for you.”
Before going to the cross, Jesus, too, prayed for His disciples, especially Peter who had claimed more allegiance to Christ than all of the others and on whose confession of Christ the church was going to be built (Luke 22:33; Matthew 16:16-18). Jesus’ prayer for Peter proved effective because even though Peter denied knowing Jesus, he was eventually restored and reappointed, and in turn, was able to strengthen the others.
Prayer is an awesome privillege and a powerful weapon. The Scriptures exhort us to pray for one another. Although oftentimes we may not see an answer to our prayers in the physical realm, we know that something is definitely happening in the spiritual. So keep praying for others. Their life depends on it.
“All failure is a failure to pray.” -Unknown