In Luke chapter 22 we see the people gathering to celebrate the Passover Feast, the great celebration of the Jewish tradition. At this time we also see Jesus inaugurate the new memorial feast, “Do this in memory of Me.” Jesus is putting everything in order- the last teachings, the last instructions, the last prayers- before He returns to the Father’s presence.
Once again this is a very demanding time for Jesus. The pressure is on Him; the cross looms closer and closer. At this special moment the pressure even brings disputes between the disciples. In the mist of the demands and pressures, Jesus speaks to Simon (the old name for Peter).
And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.”
Luke 22:31-32 (NKJV)
Jesus’ practice then was to pray for people, to pray for individuals, calling them by name. For Him no general prayer would do. “I have prayed for you.” His practice in prayer has not changed; Jesus is still is praying, He still prays for people, and He is praying for people individually by name. His work today, seated at the Father’s right hand in glory, is to pray for each of us who trust in Him, one-by-one. He is not too busy to pray, and He cares too much to lump you in with everyone else. He prays for you and for me.
This is wonderful news: Jesus is praying for me.
As always Jesus is our guide to prayer. He shows us how we should pray. We should follow His prayer example and pray for people. We should allow His love in our hearts guide and direct our prayers. He loves us and is praying for us, by name, specific prayers for a wonderful outcome for all we do. So we also should pray for people.
Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing.
1 Peter 3:8-9 (NKJV)
Even in these busy days and stressful times, pray,
because Jesus is praying.