“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift each of you like wheat. But I have pleaded in prayer for you, Simon, that your faith should not fail. So when you have repented and turned to me again, strengthen your brothers.” – Luke 22:31-32.
Whenever someone says, “I am in your corner,” it is their way of telling us that we can be assured of their help and support. It tells you they can be trusted to be there when times are good and when times are not so good. Nothing incredible is accomplished alone. You need others to help you, and you need to help others. We’ve all had voices in our lives that have influenced us. Those ordinary people can help us do extraordinary things. It would be hard to estimate just how many times someone has come alongside of me to be right there when I needed them. And it would be equally hard to estimate how much those people have enriched my life.
Soon before Jesus would be betrayed, forsaken and crucified, Peter was boasting that he would be in the Lord’s corner and would never abandon Him. Jesus reminded Peter that we are in a fight with a diabolical adversary. He told Peter that Satan had his sights on Him specifically. “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift each of you like wheat.” Satan has his sights specifically on you and me as well. He wants to stop or weaken our ability to do the work God wants us to do. He wants to sidetrack you from serving God. He doesn’t want Jesus in your corner.
But Jesus reminded Peter that we have someone in our corner: “But I have pleaded in prayer for you.” It should bring us hope and comfort to know that Jesus takes time to pray for us. Jesus knows our weaknesses. He knows our need before we even ask. But He remains in our corner. Jesus is in your corner when you need Him and you cannot see beyond today’s circumstances. Jesus is in your corner when you are misunderstood and mistrusted. Jesus is in your corner when you feel lonely, discouraged and lacking for answers.
True friendship is rare. I have had many friends in my life, but finding one that stands the tests of time—that’s a true friend. If you have ever gotten in a bind, had a major failure, or somehow lost your way, then you realized just how rare true friendship really is in our lives. True friends show up at your doorstep ready to help. They come when you call, even if you are in trouble. Having fiends like that is a blessing, but nothing compares to having the Lord Jesus Christ in your corner. There is no better friend. In fact, He’s a perfect friend. Jesus loves us better than we could ever love Him, love others—or even love ourselves. He guides us, showing us how to live and how to love in a way that brings glory to God and fulfillment in life. And He forgives us our sin though we don’t deserve it—sacrificing His life so that we can live. We can rest in the knowledge that we never have to face any challenge alone. God is always in our corner and in the ring with us.
- What part of your spiritual journey do you find most difficult? Why?
- Are there any areas of your journey that are off-limits to Jesus?
- What can we do this week to depend more on God in our journey?