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I love the language used in this devotion. This is one by Spurgeon, taken from Morning by Morning. May it bless and encourage you as it has me this morning.


"I have prayed for thee."
-- Luke 22:32

How encouraging is the thought of the Redeemer's never- ceasing
intercession for us. When we pray, he pleads for us; and when we are
not praying, he is advocating our cause, and by his supplications
shielding us from unseen dangers. Notice the word of comfort addressed
to Peter-"Simon, Simon, Satan hath desired to have you that he may sift
you as wheat; but"-what? "But go and pray for yourself." That would be
good advice, but it is not so written. Neither does he say, "But I will
keep you watchful, and so you shall be preserved." That were a great
blessing. No, it is, "But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail
not." We little know what we owe to our Saviour's prayers. When we
reach the hill-tops of heaven, and look back upon all the way whereby
the Lord our God hath led us, how we shall praise him who, before the
eternal throne, undid the mischief which Satan was doing upon earth.
How shall we thank him because he never held his peace, but day and
night pointed to the wounds upon his hands, and carried our names upon
his breastplate! Even before Satan had begun to tempt, Jesus had
forestalled him and entered a plea in heaven. Mercy outruns malice.
Mark, he does not say, "Satan hath desired to have you." He checks
Satan even in his very desire, and nips it in the bud. He does not say,
"But I have desired to pray for you." No, but "I have prayed for you: I
have done it already; I have gone to court and entered a counterplea
even before an accusation is made." O Jesus, what a comfort it is that
thou hast pleaded our cause against our unseen enemies; countermined
their mines, and unmasked their ambushes. Here is a matter for joy,
gratitude, hope, and confidence.

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