Summary: HOW SATAN IS STILL TRYING TO SIFT GOD PEOPLE, BUT JESUS IS STILL SAYING , NO SATAN, I AM STILL PRAYING AND WATCHING OVER MY PEOPLE.
I AM GLAD JESUS PRAYED
I am so glad that Jesus took the time and got down on His bended knees and prayed to GOD on our behalf. And it is when we pray for somebody else, we let God know that it¡¦s not all about ourselves, and that what Jesus did, He let us know, it was not just about Himself, but the love that He had for us all. We didn¡¦t deserve it, but Jesus gave His life, so that we may have eternal life.
Now the Lord knew Peter weakness better than Peter knew himself, He knew that Peter was hot headed and that many times he spoke before he thought, and that he could be easily influenced, and crack under pressure.
But the Lord also knew that Peter was loyal and devoted, he was courageous, and that his heart and intentions were for the best; but he simply just lacked the inner strength that a lot us don¡¦t have to stick to our guns. However, in spite of his faults, he was still a good person, and he had the potential for being a great leader.
And Jesus recognized all of this . . . . But Jesus was not the only one who saw Peter¡¦s potential for leadership and a great leader---Satan recognized it also.
So let us not make the mistake of thinking that the Lord is the only one with an eye on us, because Satan has his eyes on us also. That why during the Last Supper, Jesus turned to Peter and said, ¡§Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you.¡¨ Jesus knew that Satan recognized Peter¡¦s potential. So Jesus told Peter, ¡§I¡¦ve prayed that your faith fail not.¡¨ ¡§I have prayed for you that above and beyond all else your faith may not fail.
However, Peter was not aware that Satan had recognized him and had plans for him. And the same with us, Satan recognizes us and has plans for us that we are not aware of; and Peter did not know that at that time in a few hours the Shepherd would be taken and that the sheep would scatter.
He did not know that he would have to stand by himself and either affirm or deny Christ. He did not know that at that very moment, Satan was closer than ever to tearing apart the disciples¡KHe just didn¡¦t know it¡Kbut Jesus did¡K And Satan today is continuously asking for, or demanding to torment God¡¦s Children.
Notice Satan said ¡§to sift him---and to sift is to rub together, between the hands, and when you rub something between your hands, depending on what it is, it will crumble. Satan wanted to demonstrate that Peter is chaff, something that does not belong. He wanted to prove that Peter was not worthy to be God¡¦s child; he wanted to prove that Peter does not have what it takes to be a leader. He wanted to put Peter through difficult times to see if he would crumble and denied his savior and his faith.
Therefore, Jesus warning to Peter, during that time is the same for us today. Satan is still trying to sift us, to destroy all that we are, to break our spirits, our hearts, our families and our faith in God.
You see the world is a battleground where the forces under Satan¡¦s power and those under God¡¦s authority are at war. Satan and his forces are motivated by bitter hatred for Christ and his forces.