Christ The Intercessor
“And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.”
The renewed mind of a believer is soothed by these words of Christ, his Intercessor. Without these comforting words the believer would live in constant fear, knowing that Satan seeks to separate him from Christ (as the chaff is separated from the wheat through sifting).
Faith, that precious gift of God’s grace, causes the believer to trust that Christ will never leave nor forsake him even “… against the wiles of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11).
Christ has prayed that true faith given will not fail, then or now.
Such faith does not hear the word of God, for a season rejoice, then wilt away under the sun of affliction.
Such faith roots and grounds the soul in Christ.
Such faith gives the believer a glimpse of the glory and excellency of Christ.
Faith given turns the stumbling believer (like Peter) back to his Saviour.
Rejoice today, child of God, Satan may desire to sift you as wheat, but the Son of Glory has prayed that your faith will not fail.
By Marvin Stalnaker