Unlimited: Jesus Prayed For You at Calvary
Dec 18, 2016 1614
I have prayed for you… that your faith may not fail (Luke 22:32).
Each of Christ’s seven last words on the Cross was a prayer on your behalf.
“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” This was prayer for forgiveness for a sinful, ignorant world.
“Truly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” This was a prayer that spoke of Christ’s saving love for every sinner, no matter the depths to which they may have fallen.
“Jesus said to His mother: ‘Woman, this is your son.’ Then He said to the disciple: ‘This is your mother.’” This was a prayer for a new humanity, created through His own blood.
“My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” This was a prayer on behalf of all those who have ever felt abandoned by God.
“I thirst.” This was a prayer on behalf of all those who have suffered for the sake of the Kingdom of God.
“It is finished.” This was a prayer that announced a completed atonement for all who believe.
Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Father, into Your hands I commend My spirit.”This was a prayer of total trust in God.
In each of these seven perfect prayers of Christ, you see His heart, and in Christ’s heart there is perfect assurance of salvation for everyone who believes. – Eliezer Gonzalez
Eli’s Reflection: Find a quiet time and place, and meditate on these seven last words of Jesus. With which of these seven prayers do you identify the most? Why? What does it mean to you that Jesus suffered it and prayed it on your behalf? Ask God to speak to your heart about His love for you.