10
Oct
14

Truths About Suffering – Jesus Has Already Prayed for Us!

Jesus therefore perceiving that they were intending to come and take Him by force, to make Him king, withdrew again to the mountain by Himself alone. John 6:15

 Intercessory prayer…is standing before God asking Him to intervene and act on the behalf of another.

A common practice in church services, small groups and Sunday School classes is to ask for prayer requests.  This is intended for those in attendance to let others know about the struggles others are encountering, as well as rejoice in the victories over struggles, or the good news of salvation.  This Is called intercessory prayer, which is standing before God asking Him to intervene and act on the behalf of another.

In the Scripture above, Jesus had just performed the feeding of the 5,000.  His miracle so impressed the people, that it seems that the people became a mob, trying to get to Jesus for good intentions.  However, we see Jesus Christ withdrawing to be alone.  Matthew 14:22-23 further expounds that Jesus sent the disciples out to sea, and that He went up to a mountain alone in order to pray.  It seems interesting, when you continue reading in John 6, that Jesus sent the disciples on a boat in the sea right into the middle of a storm.  Perhaps Jesus went “into a mountain apart to pray” for His disciples, whom He knew would be encountering a tough time ahead.

Assuming this to be true, it is not the only time that Jesus prayed for believers.  John 17 records a beautiful prayer of intercession for those who follow Him, and for those who had not followed Him.  Read some of the comments that He made on this occasion:  “I do not ask Thee to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one.
Sanctify them in the truth; Thy word is truth. And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth.“

Isn’t it a blessing to know that when Jesus sent His disciples in the middle of a storm, He prayed for them?  Do we think that He does any less for us today?

This devotion is the first of a four part series.  Please look for the other three parts very soon in the future.

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