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Today’s Truth

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.

Luke 22:31-32, NIV

Friend to Friend

If I made a list of all the things that I want to thank Jesus for, this wonderful display of grace would be at the top. I mean seriously, here Jesus is, about to be abandoned, arrested, persecuted and executed, and what does He do? He prays for Simon Peter’s faith and assures Him that even though the waters are about to get stirred up, he’ll pass through them. The waves will not overwhelm him or obliterate his faith, even if he might feel like he’s going under.

You want to know what just wrecks me? Knowing that Jesus, who now sits at the right hand of God and is interceding for us, has prayed specifically for me, that my faith may not fail. Consider the fact He’s doing the very same thing for you, right here and now in this moment. Amazing, right?

Jesus is on your side. He is with and for you, leading you to move forward through every trial and tribulation. I know there are times where it might not feel like it, but it’s the truth. Even when we feel worn out, tired, hopeless, afraid, abandoned and forgotten, Christ is standing right beside us. We are not alone in this journey and Jesus isn’t going to let our faith fail. As John Piper so eloquently put it in a recent sermon, “God guards his children by preserving and sustaining their faith Himself.”

Our faith may falter and change from season to season, but we can rest in knowing that God is the One guarding and strengthening us. Because He who began a good work in us will carry it to completion until the day of Christ Jesus (Philippians 1:6). Hallelujah, Amen. Thank you, Jesus. We don’t have to go it alone.

And so, when the doctor whispers the diagnosis you never wanted to hear. When a close friend or family member says they’ve stopped loving you. When a peaceful vacation turns into a nightmare full of disappointments. When your employer gives the promotion that they promised you to someone else. When you feel like you’ll never be the man or woman you used to be. Remember, you are not alone, and your faith is not going to fail, because Jesus is praying for you. Oh, and I am too.

Let’s Pray

Dear Lord, this life can be so hard, full of so many disappointments and heartbreaks. Help me find my faith in You and You alone. Increase my faith and help my unbelief, Father. Thank You for never giving up on me.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

Think of a time when your faith should have crumbled, but somehow you came out of the battle stronger than ever before. What did God show and teach you through this time?

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Lauren Gaskill is the author of Into the Deep: Diving into a Life of Courageous Faith, a national speaker and the president of She Found Joy. Diagnosed with a connective tissue disorder (Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome), Lauren is passionate about encouraging others to fight for faith and keep hope alive — no matter what. You can order a copy of Lauren’s book on her website.

9 Responses to “Jesus Is on Your Side”

  1. Tonya says:

    I needed this reminder today. Jesus praying for my faith to not fail is such a comforting thought as I deal with elderly parents and their failing health. I just ordered your book Deep – can’t wait to “dive” into it.

  2. Dana says:

    What a wonderful encouragement! Thank you for writing this.

  3. Delores says:

    Hi, I am so glad I found Girlfriends in God.

    Deores

  4. Senny says:

    Good morning!

    Thank you for this devotion. I have been feeling down lately. I know the Lord loves me, but sometimes the worries of life bring me down. I so needed to read this “But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail” message. Thank you for the encouraging word of God.

  5. Desouree says:

    Dear Girlfriens in God:
    When I read this mornings word (4/9/2019), which I hadn’t had a chance to read till later afternoon (smile) I was so taken I didn’t forget my god carries me/or us through whatever is going on in our lives but this writing reminded me that never and always hold onto our faith and never forget the our way should be his way. This morning around 3am I received word that my brother was in a motorcycle accident and now in neurology intensive care. I was so upset it took awhile before I could actually rest but through prayer and praying god allowed me to rest. The word this morning made me feel so uplifted because yes this is one of these times when I was feeling so small and helpless but remembering that god never fails.
    Thank You
    This was right on time and made it possible for me to give comfort to others in our famiy.
    Thank you for daily inspiration it’s always on time it’s crazy isn’t it that the word is always fitting for the situation at hand. 🙏🏼😊

  6. Calvonia says:

    My husband and I are traveling back to Kentucky from Cleveland, OH. Our youngest daughter and her husband miscarried their first baby. But God! He has shown evidence of his grace and presence. He is strengthening their faith and hope each minute. People have reached out to us from all across the land with their testimonies and words of encouragement. I praise Him.

  7. Beth says:

    Jesus is SOOOOOO good, man! Where would I be if I didn’t believe that I’d see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living? I have been SIFTED over the past 7 months in ways that I never imagined. It’s been pretty horrible, but I can see the light at the end tunnel finally and I am so grateful to God for the experience and giving me the power and strength and grace to endure. I’ve had bad jobs before, but nothing can compare to doing your research, expecting something good and then your new dream job turns out to be a war zone. Jesus is praying for me. He’s my Friend, my Rock. He GETS what I’m going through. Thanks for this reminder!

  8. Barbara says:

    I have had quite a few instances where Jesus helped me. I am thankful for every day he helps me through and that I have Him to talk to.
    Amen

  9. Amen, Barbara! Praying for God to fill you with joy as you continue to express your thanks to Him.

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