Daily Word for Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Luke 22:31-32 – And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.”
Christ shows us how to position ourselves with others He brings into our lives by the position He takes with Simon. Christ knew that Simon would fail before he actually did.
Jesus planned his restoration in advance. He warns him that Satan asked to sift him like wheat. We do well to remember that the enemy of our souls roams as a lion seeking to devour us if we are on the ‘menu.’
I Peter 5:8 says, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”
Christ’s antidote to the poison of the devil is revealed in verse 32; But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.
Jesus offers prayer as the antidote to Satan’s strategy of destruction where Simon is concerned. This offering is the result of Christ’s predisposition of restoration and forgiveness for Simon’s shortcoming.
We too can be predisposed to forgiveness and restoration related to people in our own lives. Imagine praying for your friends and loved ones that have a problem and then being in position to aid them once they have failed.
That is something most people would very much want done for them. It’s a show of love that would mimic no other than God Himself, according to Romans 5:8 [But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us].
So let’s love like God loves; be predisposed toward forgiveness and restoration like God is and pray for those in our world as Christ did. I know God will be please!
Peace and blessings!