As our family was reading this chapter last night, 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 this is what lies behind our circumstances.
The 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’ next words, “and when you have returned to Me”. How loving our Jesus is, that He is not only allowing Peter to know what he is about to endure, and why, but He is 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.” 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, my dear sisters. When Satan is sifting us like wheat, when the world is offering it’s tribulations, and when things seem hopeless, rest in these words of Jesus…
“I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail.”
I know of no greater comfort than this!