Most of us has probably wondered why should we pray for the Pope. After all, isn’t he more positioned to pray for us rather than us praying for him?
One thing that people must realize is that when we pray for the pope, we are actually aligning our faith in Christ’s prayer and desire to restrengthen the church at times of decay.
In Luke 22:31-32, Jesus shows his favor for Peter:
31“Simon, Simon, behold Satan has demanded to sift all of you like wheat, 32but I have prayed that your own faith may not fail; and once you have turned back, you must strengthen your brothers.”
Notice that in this verse, Satan wants to “sift” everyone, but Jesus particularly prays for one person which is Simon, who he later calls Peter. Jesus prays for him so that his faith may not fail and would later on strengthen his brothers. What a tremendous blessing! A faith that would not fail and would strengthen his brothers!
The same is still true in this generation. The Enemy wants to destroy all of us. But Christ, through his will and our prayers, will guard the pope and will continue to use him to strengthen us. A prayer that has still been in effect for two millenniums now.
Charged by Christ’s Holy Spirit, let us continue to pray for the pope as Jesus has prayed for Peter. Let us pray that the papacy may continue to fulfill the desires of Christ for his church.