Tuesday, January 11, 2011

MERCY OUTRUNS MALICE

My devotional for today was so inspiring that I just had to share it.
Luke 22:32  "I have prayed for You".
How encouraging is the thought of the Redeemer's never-ceasing intercession for us. When we pray, He pleads for us; and when we are not praying, He is advocating our cause,and by His supplications shielding us from unseen dangers. Notice the word of comfort addressed to Peter---"Simon. Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but"----What?  "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 way whereby the Lord our God has led us, how we shall praise Him who, before the eternal throne, undid the mischief that Satan was doing upon earth. How we shall thank Him because He never held His peace but day and night pointed tot he wounds upon His hands and carried our names upon His breastplate! Even before Satan had begun to tempt, Jesus had forstalled him and entered a plea in heaven. Mercy outruns malice.  Consider,He does not say, " Satan hath 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 and accusations is made."
O Jesus, what a comfort it is that You have pleaded our cause against our unseen enemies; You have unmasked their ambushes. Here is a matter for  joy, gratitude, hope, and confidence.

3 comments:

Mari said...

That is truly amazing and such a comfort to know He prays for us. Who better to have in our corner!

Connie said...

Thank you for this great post. We know God is with us all the way but this is such a good reminder that you shared today. It is only because of what God continues to do for us each day that we can meet Satan's tricks head on and succeed.

Glenda said...

This is one of my favorite verses! To think that our Heavenly Father prays for us is an amazing truth! "O what a Savior" as the song says!