The words of the prayer have echoed through my heart for decades now, lifted to Heaven by my Mother. Her prayer was based upon some of the same Scriptures that my dear friend, Anna Smit has offered through her study of the life of Simon Peter. When Anna asked me several weeks ago if I would join her in an interview for her podcast series, to share about this verse and prayers, I knew the answer given from the Lord would be yes.
But I didn’t know how the Lord would remind me again that HIS intercessions for us go so deeply, through the decades, even through eternity. I cried as I found my Mother’s poem, written in 1978 while I was dating the man who is my husband now. He was in a deep struggle, and God had called her to pray:
I Have Prayed For Thee Even before you go thru the waters deep; Even before the valleys you see, Long before the harvest is ready to reap; Satan cannot have you, the sifting is delayed. My Lord has already prayed! I have prayed for thee-- He goes before us - He walks along - Hand in hand - nothing can go wrong, as we keep close beside The Master, each day, and close abide. --"My thoughts, 2:30 PM May 11, 1978, Mom Doris"
“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.”Luke 22:31-32 NIV
Our Lord has prayed for us. What an incredible thought! But even more incredible is this:
He asks us to join WITH Him, in those prayers for others.
He asks us to wait WITH Him as we persevere in those prayers.
He asks us to wait WITH Him as He brings those prayers to fullness.