by Ivor Powell

The Savior...Who Knew How to Pray
Ivor Powell
Luke 22:31-32

The best way to understand and appreciate a text in the Scriptures is to look at it through another biblical window. One of the most significant statements in the Epistle to the Hebrews is found in chapter 7, verse 25:

Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

This thrilling statement may be divided into three sections:

1. The Savior's Ability . . . "to save them to the uttermost";

2. The Sinner's Acquiescence . . . "them that come unto God by him";

3. The Saint's Advocate . . . "he ever liveth to make intercession for them."

The writer to the Hebrews was evidently a man who possessed great knowledge of the services and sacrifices of the temple. He was also acquainted with the unprecedented trials besetting the people of his generation. Increasing problems were testing the faith of many of his compatriots. Their outlook was bleak and their faith weakening. To encourage those people, the writer of this remarkable letter directed the attention of his readers to the risen Christ. He assured them that the new High Priest was interceding at the right hand of God and was able to sustain those who trusted Him. This wonderful fact is easily recognized when considered with the temptation that threatened to destroy the ministry of Simon Peter. That depressing episode in the life of the apostle appears to be a window through which the beauty of the text in Hebrews may be viewed.

The Coming Storm . . . "Satan hath desired to have you"

The words of Jesus are informative; they express a truth not apparent in the Authorized Version of the Bible. The word exeerasato meant much more than a casual desire. Dr. Thayer translates it: "Satan has asked excessively," and the entire passage in the Amplified New Testament reads, "Simon, Simon (Peter), listen! Satan has asked excessively that (all of) you be giv ...

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