And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: but I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.
These are incredible words. Satan literally demanded that Simon Peter be given to him. Satan’s desire was to sift Peter. How did Jesus care for Peter in this spiritual battle? He prayed that Peter’s faith would not fail.
This tells me at least two things about Peter’s faith and faith in general.
- Peter’s faith would fail, if it was up to Peter to keep it.
- Jesus prayed to the Father that Peter’s faith would not fail.
- God is the One who kept Peter’s faith, preserving it from failure. This is why Jesus prayed to the Father for Peter’s faith.
- Since Jesus prayed for Peter’s faith not to fail and the Father preserved Peter’s faith, Peter’s faith COULD NOT fail. This is why Jesus said, “WHEN thou art converted (returned).”
This is incredibly encouraging to me as I remember Hebrews 7:25:
Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
How do I know that my faith will not fail? Christ ever lives to make intercession for me. He will save me to the uttermost.
Dear Brother or Sister, do you feel your faith may fail? Look to Jesus! He is praying for you. He will save you to the uttermost.
If you are not trusting in the Lord Jesus, trust in Him. He has died for sinners. He ever lives. He is able to save you completely if you come to God by Him.