Evening, January 11, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“I have prayed for you.” — Luke 22:32
How encouraging is the thought of the Redeemer’s unceasing intercession for us. When we pray, he pleads for us; and when we are not praying, he is advocating our cause, and by his appeals shielding us from unseen dangers. Notice the word of comfort addressed to Peter: ” Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat; but”–what did say then? “But go and pray for yourself.” That would be good advice, but it is not so written. Neither does he say, “But I will keep you watchful, and so you shall be preserved.” That would be a great blessing. No, it is, “But I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail.”
We little know what we owe to our Savior’s prayers. When we reach the hilltops of heaven, and look back upon all the paths by which the Lord our God has led us, how we shall praise him who, before the eternal throne, undid the mischief which Satan was doing upon earth. How shall we thank him because he never held his peace, but day and night pointed to the wounds upon his hands, and carried our names upon his breastplate! Even before Satan had begun to tempt, Jesus had forestalled him and entered a plea in heaven. Mercy outruns malice. Note that he does not say, “Satan has desired to have you.” He checks Satan even in his very desire, and nips it in the bud. He does not say, “But I have desired to pray for you.” No, but “I have prayed for you: I have done it already; I have gone to court and entered a counterplea even before an accusation is made.” O Jesus, what a comfort it is that you have pleaded our cause against our unseen enemies; countermined their mines, and unmasked their ambushes. Here is a matter for joy, gratitude, hope, and confidence.