Have you been in a trial and needed strength to get through it? Where did you look to gain the strength you need? Did you turn to a friend? Family? Co-worker? Did you turn to the One who can give you the strength you need at any time? Did you ask God for strength?
At one point or another (or multiple times) during our lives, we all need additional strength. We need a boost from somewhere to help us get through a tough situation. We turn to whomever we trust the most. We may turn to family, friends, or co-workers, depending on the situation.
Being a child of God, we can always turn to God. He will give us the strength we need, even if just enough. We can trust God to get us through whatever we are facing. It is one of many things he does very well. In fact, he longs to come to our aid, but waits until we ask.
Have you considered that Jesus has already prayed for you? Don’t think so? Look at today’s passage. He prayed for Simon Peter. Oh, I know, he was an apostle. He is more important than any of us. Sorry, but that is an incorrect assumption. You see, each one of us is just as important as any other. So, you, I, and any child of God is just as important as Peter. So, if Jesus prayed for Peter, you can bet He has prayed for each one of us.
Isn’t that comforting? Jesus is praying for us. That is exactly what is meant when we are told that Jesus stands before the Father interceding for us. He is praying. He is communing with the Father on our behalf. So, Jesus has already asked that we be given the strength we need, just as He did for Peter. We simply need to recognize that and follow up with our own request for strength. So, pray. Ask God for the strength you need.
I pray we all believe Jesus has and does pray for us. I pray we trust God to give us the strength we need. I pray each one of us will go to God in our time of need and ask for strength to get through whatever situation we are faced with. Trust God. Trust Jesus. Know Jesus intercedes for you. Know that Jesus prays for you. Ask God for the strength you need.
Luke 22:31-32 Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”