31 “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”
“Satan has asked” points back to the story of Job. (Job 1:6-12) Wheat was sifted to separate true wheat from the other things that would mix with it; Amos 9:9. “When you have turned back . . .” I imagine a future Peter, broken and ashamed because of his betrayal finding hope in the prophetic word of Jesus. Hope in knowing that although Jesus knew he would fail he made provision for Peter to find his way back. Jesus shows faith in us even before we can see it or imagine it (Ps. Dale).
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell us about Jesus and people?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- What is one way you can apply this truth to your life today?
- Who can you encourage with this story/message?
Be still and allow the presence of Jesus to bring rest to you right now.