Re: Verse reading–Luke 22:31-34, 54-62 (day five)
31“Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat; 32 but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.”
Do you think Peter was even aware of the invisible battle for the souls and faith of men? Jesus certainly was. Paul writes to the believers in Ephesus concerning the same truth, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood”.
How about us? Are we aware? Prepared? Willing to resist, flee?
Look at Peter’s perspective years later… 1 Peter 5:8-10 Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world. After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.