Encourage One Another

Thursday, April 18, 2019 – Maundy Thursday

“Jesus said to them, ‘Simon, Simon, listen! Satan has demanded to sift all of you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your own faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.’” [Luke 22: 31-32]

Jesus is at table with his disciples. Jesus has broken bread and shared the cup saying, “Do this in remembrance of me.” Yet, the disciples can’t seem to focus. They squabble over who is the greatest among them, even as they wonder who will betray Jesus. Then Jesus speaks of praying for them given what they will face in the hours to come. Jesus prayed, “That your own faith may not fail.” The disciples didn’t understand what was about to happen, but what a wonderfully poignant prayer for the disciples on this particular Thursday.  What a wonderful prayer for us as we walk through life, as we do not ever know what life may bring our way.  Let us encourage one another and pray for one another and for this church: That our faith may not fail.

Holy One, thank you for praying for the disciples and for me.  Although my faith wavers at times, I know that the Spirit intercedes on my behalf. Ground my faith in the sure foundation of your steadfast love and faithfulness as I walk these next hours to the foot of the cross and to the garden tomb. Amen.

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