One of the great comforts for the Christian is to know that Christ is interceding for him. We often ask others to pray for us; but Christ does this for us whether we ask or no. But what does He ask the Father on our behalf. Today’s devotional shows you two very important things. God bless you.
Because of Calvary,
John 17:15 (ESV)
I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one.
“The text…contains two prayers, — a negative prayer, and a positive prayer. First, there is the negative prayer: ‘I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world.’ ‘There are wise ends to be observed by their remaining here. It will ultimately increase their happiness in heaven; it will give glory to God; it shall be the means of the conversion of others; therefore, “I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world,” but I do pray’ — and here comes the positive prayer, — ‘that, while they are in it, “thou shouldest keep them from the evil.”’” [Charles Haddon Spurgeon, The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit XLVI, (London: Passmore and Alabaster, 1900), p. 565]