September 25 / 100 WORDS

SIMON, SIMON

Today's Reading: Luke 22

Key Verse: Luke 22:31-32

And the Lord said, "Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, (Peter) that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren."

Believe it! Jesus prayed for Peter, whom He had named Peter, and He prays for us too. Here is the statement of that fact, from the Bible book of Hebrews, "Therefore, He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, [you and me] since He ever lives to make intercession for them." What confidence we have in His intercession! The Lord Jesus was fully aware that Peter was about to curse and swear, declaring that he did not even know who Jesus is! So how does Jesus respond to Peter…in anger and judgment? Not at all. The Lord looked beyond Peter's failure to his repentance, and his faith and bold leadership was restored.

 Jesus knew that in just 50 days, Peter would be filled with the Holy Spirit and would preach a powerful message on the street to thousands. Jesus has a plan for each one of us. He sees restoration following failure. Never give up! Repent and move forward. Judas gave up after his failure. Peter or Judas…which example will we follow?


PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Dear Lord, we confess our failure. Just as You saw Peter's tears and witnessed his repentance, even so we repent and we are confident that You pray for us that our faith will not fail. We receive, by faith, Your forgiveness and restoration. Fill us with Your Spirit we pray. We praise You. We worship You. Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!


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