Pastor's Pen September '20
YOUR FAITH WILL NOT FAIL
31- Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that He may sift you as wheat:
32- But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou are converted, strengthen thy brethren. Luke 23:31-32 (emphasis mine).
Sometimes we wonder why some of the prayers to avert some adverse situations seemed unanswered by God.
Satan had received clearance from God to shake the very foundation of Peter’s faith and remove him from God’s plan in the new movement. The only thing Jesus could do at the instance was to request for the preservation of Peter’s faith and not to overturn the decision of the Father.
A converted Peter will do greater good for the furtherance of God’s kingdom on earth than a proud, corky, egotistical Peter who believed that he’s got all things covered and ready to lead the group.
When you face daunting problems and it seems that God is quiet, He is not. He allows the sifting to purge, compact, steady the foundation and ready for building.
Jesus is more concerned about your faith in Him than the sifting of the Satan. Just like Peter, I believe strongly that Jesus has prayed for your faith. A converted you is more relevant in the kingdom than who you think you are (1 Cor.10:12).
Allow the shaking to produce a battle tested Christian that can “strengthen the brethren”.
I pray that your faith will not fail in Jesus name.