And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.” ~Luke 22:31-34 (NKJV)
As our family was reading this chapter, several thoughts came to mind. The first was, Has Satan asked to sift our family like wheat? Surely there are seasons in our lives where it seems like everything that can go wrong does, and we wonder if Godly testing might just be reason behind our circumstances.
My next thought was the overwhelming comfort I felt in Jesus’ words, “I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail.” I cannot even begin to put into words the peace that this sentence gives me; as I know that my Jesus not only prayed this for Peter, but that He prays it for you and I as well.
Though this passage is very familiar to me, what really stuck out to me this time was Jesus’s next words, “and when you have returned to Me”. How loving our Jesus is, that He was not only allowing Peter to know what he was about to endure, and why, but He was giving him the end of the story. The story ends well for Peter, as we all know, but I love that Jesus let him know that from the start.
Things are no different for us.
Jesus said in John 16:33, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (NKJV)
The world we live in offers us tribulation, but Jesus has given us all we need in Him. He is praying for us. He gives us His peace. He overcomes the world. He will never leave us or forsake us. And in the end, He wins!
So, take comfort, friends. When Satan is sifting us like wheat, when the world is offering its tribulations, and when things seem hopeless, rest in these words of Jesus…
I know of no greater comfort than this.
Thank You, Jesus, that we can find strength knowing that You are praying for us.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the hope You have given us, both in Jesus and in our future. This world doesn’t always play nice, but You have given us a peace that is so much greater. Thank You, Jesus, that we can find strength knowing that You are praying for us. Oh, that our faith would not fail! Thank You that the sifting won’t last forever, and for the promise that You have overcome the world. Help us to remember these truths in the midst of our trials. In the precious name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.Print This Post
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