Jesus once told the Jews that did not believe in Him: “You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.”
It is an interesting picture Jesus painted to the ones who did not want Him. Someone who is standing on an elevated place can see a lot more than someone who is standing just on the ground. When you climb a tower the view is magnificent. You see where every car is driving, you see the train in the far distance, winding its way through the hills, and you see boats on a far away lake.
But, when you are down on the ground you can’t even see what’s happening in a small alley only yards away from your own street.
Jesus sees everything from above. We don’t.
Jesus knows exactly what is happening, what is about to happen and what has just happened. He sees it all and that should give us some comfort in these confusing times.
As the Captain of the Heavenly Host, He knows the score of the battle; where there is a need for reinforcements, and in what areas it is relatively peaceful. And what’s more, He prays with a passion for all of His children.
That includes you and me.
Paul writes, “Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.” *
And Jesus Himself had something to say about it as well: “My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.”
What a comfort if we realize that Jesus is not just looking down upon this earth, but that He actually and consistently prays for us. He knows, He loves, He cares; nothing His truth can dim… But we can’t see it. For us, the spiritual realm is still veiled and we will have to wait until we meet Him face to face in Heaven before we will fully understand. But praying He does. In another passage, Jesus said to Peter: “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.”
Note that Jesus did not say something like: “Peter, watch out. Satan is on the move and He seeks to bother you.” Neither did he say, “Satan is coming to get you, Peter, but don’t worry… I will make sure nothing will happen to you.”
Of course, Jesus can protect us like that, and He often does, but in this case, He made a special statement. He said, “Peter… I have prayed for you.”
What a beautiful picture. Imagine Jesus praying. It is night and the stars are twinkling. Not a sound is heard except the gentle words, earnestly spoken by the Savior. His face is filled with concern, and tears are streaming down his eyes. You prick up your ears to hear what He is saying, but it’s hard to hear. One word you can hear clearly, though.
It’s your name.
Jesus is whispering your name in His prayers to the Father. You are the very subject of His prayers.
Thus, He fights for you. He brings your needs by the Father. And that is a small wonder.
How much we owe to the prayers of Jesus is impossible to tell in this present world, but for now, it is enough to know that He does pray for us.
In Heaven, we will see and understand. Then it will be clear what Jesus has done for us at all those moments when we took our lives for granted and did not even have a clue that Jesus and His angels were busy on our behalf.
Is it any wonder that there we will fall down before His feet in total worship, and we too will cast our crowns on the floor before His feet?
Dear Lord, what a wonder and what a blessing that You fight for us in prayer and that you watch over us by day and by night. You guide us safely through those mine covered fields that Satan is trying to lure us into; treacherous fields they are, and they are fields that we are not even aware of, most of the time.
But time and time again, we escape because You watch over us. All glory to You.
* John 8:23 * Romans 8:34 * John 17:15,16 * Luke 22:38