“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” (Luke 22:31-32 NIV)
In this remarkable dialogue between Jesus and the Apostle Peter we learn an important lesson about the value of trials and tests in our walk with God.
Jesus opens Peter’s eyes to the fact that Satan wants to destroy him- sift him as wheat.
It is interesting to note that Jesus does not disallow Satan from doing this but instead offers Peter a powerful assurance- He will be praying for him.
Sometimes God delivers us from the storm but at other times He walks through it with us. Whatever he chooses- His purpose is that we will come out stronger than how we went in.
Faith tested is faith triumphant. There can be no testimony without a test, no triumph without a trial and no victory without a battle.
If you have prayed for advancement in your Christian life- don’t be surprised if God allows things to come your way that will give you the opportunity to grow and develop.
Remember whatever you have been through, are going through or will go through- in the midst of it all- Jesus is praying for you and me and He has destined that you will come out triumphant.