“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.”
Luke 22:31-32 KJV
Prayer is such an essential exercise that the believer must be immersed in. It is a spiritual exercise that the believer cannot afford to take lightly.
Our opening scripture speaks of the Lord’s understanding about prayer as well as the loving heart he had for His disciple Simon Peter.
Jesus informs Peter that he had prayed for him having known satan’s intention to sift him – and the other disciples- as wheat.
Jesus speaks of a spiritual issue and informs him that a solution had been provided via prayer.
Prayer is an exercise that produces power capable of changing people, events and situations. In this case, the prayer by Jesus infused strength into Peter for the future. Jesus was certain of Peter’s deliverance and commanded that he strengthen the brethren.
Jesus also was a beneficiary of this kind of strength. Luke’s account of Jesus’ prayer at the garden of Gethsemane exposes a key detail left out in other accounts.
“And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.”
Luke 22:41-43 KJV
So, via prayer, we can receive and give a kind of strength that cheaply triumphs over the weakness of the flesh, the system of the world and the plot of the devil. We have this authority in us, and it finds expression via prayer.
Do you require strength in any area of your life? Do you know a believer who needs such strength? You know what to do. Pray! Pray! Pray!
This is how we strengthen ourselves! This is how we strengthen others!!