Luke 22:31-32 NLT: “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.”
My dear friend in Christ, Jesus in today’s text has shown us an excellent example of a good Shepard and a great master. He saw the temptation Peter was about to go through and started early enough to plead in prayer for him that his faith will not fail. Have you ever wondered why He did not plead for the temptation to be averted rather He pleaded in prayer that Peter’s faith should not fail? It is because the essence is faith in the son of God which is always victorious in the face of trials.
Many people are going through diverse test in life. Some have given up faith in God as a result. When you overcome temptation, your faith is strengthened which depicts spiritual growth. Hence, you can assist others in faith through encouragement and prayers. The Bible records that the testing of your faith brings steadfastness. Romans 5:3.
Notice that Jesus pleaded in prayer for Peter. I encourage you to make out time to plead for others in prayers instead of condemning them all the time. The enemy will never relent in putting the children of God to test. Therefore we are not to relent in prayers for others especially those in the position of authority as they are a major target of the enemy. Peter is the head of the Apostles and so the enemy knew that if he can get Peter, he will easily get others. No wonder Jesus charged Peter to strengthen his brethren when he has repented and turned to Him.
Finally, notice also that Jesus told him when he has repented and turned again to Him (Jesus). You cannot turn to the Lord without first repenting. To repent is to turn away from the part of evil you have taken. After you have done that, you can return to the Lord for mercy. As believers, you can make a mistake every now and then. Ensure that you take notice of them, repent with a view of never going back to them again and then turn to the Lord for mercy and He is ever ready to clean you again. Remain blessed.
Declare to yourself loud: my faith will not fail.
1. Oh Lord my God, do not allow me to fall away from the faith, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
2. Please add your personal intentions.