“…but I have prayed for you Simon, that your faith may not fail; and you, when you have turned again, be a strength to your brothers.” (Luke 22:32)
In the last post we observed that there are times when the situation calls for a believer to come under the devil’s authority for a season.
Satan was given access to severely sift Jesus Christ during His forty days in the wilderness. And though Jesus didn’t give even an inch to Satan during His temptations, neither did He take authority over the devil and prevent the process of temptation. The devil was only sent away after the sifting proved there was no compromised ground in the soul of our Lord:
Then the devil left Him; and behold, angels came and began to minister to Him. (Matthew 4:11)
Paul warns believers to be careful when we are angry and sin not. He says that we can “give place to the devil” if we sin in our anger. (Eph 4:28) A person who never or rarely sins will rarely have deep problems with spiritual sifting and oppression. There simply is no “foothold” for the devil. Certainly there are exceptions to this. Jesus was severely tempted and tried. And it proved His innocence, as He never agreed with or yielded to Satan. Sadly, like Peter, each of us have ground in our souls to be reclaimed under Christ’s Lordship.
After Peter’s denials and when the cock crowed, Peter remembered his Lord’s prediction of his own failures. This must have been horrific. The Bible says that Peter wept bitterly.
The evil he had proudly denied was now bearing fruit in his own soul. Hours later he saw his Lord crucified. So not only did he feel like a total failure, but from his perspective his Lord had failed as well. Peter had a lot of growing up to do!
Of course we know that Jesus rose from the dead and during His third post-resurrection appearance “reinstated” Peter, saying, “Peter do you love Me? Then feed my lambs…”
But my question while meditating on this section of Scripture was, “When did Peter realize that in the same breath His Lord had not only predicted his failure but had promised his victory?”
“…but I have prayed for you Simon, that your faith may not fail; and you, when you have turn again, be a strength to your brothers.” (Luke 22:32)
Note: our Lord did NOT say, “I’ll be praying for you Peter.” Rather, He said that He had already done it. And note the “when” and not “if” that follows. Jesus predicted Peter’s failure and in the same breath declared his ultimate success! Glory to God.
Before Jesus allowed Satan more access to Peter’s soul, He had already resolved the ultimate outcome through His own praying and His own willingness to go to the Cross on Peter’s behalf!
Did you know that this same Jesus will be just as faithful an Intercessor for you?
Maybe you didn’t know that Jesus is your personal Intercessor? If you’re one of His disciples He is always praying for you too! Oh, beloved, let me show you this amazing thing:
“Therefore He is able to save completely those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” (Hebrews 7:25,emph mine)
I hope this thought blesses you like it does me. Even when I am struggling with sin and pride, My Lord is praying for me in ways I don’t even know I need! And His prayers ALWAYS prevail! And to think that He ALWAYS LIVES TO MAKE INTERCESSION for us!
The Lord who keeps Israel neither sleeps nor slumbers.
By His passion at the Cross and His intercession from the Throne, all those who sincerely draw near to the Father through Him are guaranteed victory in the battles we now face.
Blessed be the name of the Lord, through Whom we have the victory.