As I pondered on this verse, I realized it has tremendous value in my life.
“Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.”Luke 22:31–32
In a step wise manner,
- Jesus tells Simon that he will be facing persecution.
- Jesus tells what He will do for him – namely to pray that his faith may not fail
- Jesus tells Simon what to do after emerging from the ordeal – namely to strengthen his brothers.
These short verses have tremendous impact on my life. Firstly it tells me that I will be facing challenges in all aspects of my life. Jesus does not promise that I will succeed in them, but he promises that my faith will not fail. I take it that when Jesus prays, He will be praying for His own will, and when He prays that my faith will not fail, it will not and cannot!
Jesus is clear what I am to do after each trial I undergo. I am to use that experience and strengthen my brothers.
Father, I pray that you will just let these truths sink in. Do not let my heart be discouraged by trials but show me what to do with these trials, to glorify your Name.