Here we go: John 13:31-38, Mark 14:27-31, Matthew 26:31-35, Luke 22:31-38, John 14, and John 15:1-17. Big day! What’s your highlight? Anything you can share or relate to? Visit with a friend today, share what you found and listen to what they found in their own devotional time – let “iron sharpen iron” this morning! Let’s visit:
“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, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.” Luke 22:31-32 NKJV
I think it’s interesting that in Luke 22:31-38, Satan asked for all of disciples but Peter was the one who got the experience. Why? Jesus said “when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brothers”. There’s the “why”. It might hurt, it might be hard, but Jesus prayed for him that when (not if, I love that) he returned, he would bring strength with him. This experience would be critical to Peter’s ministry.
Perhaps these experiences are critical for our ministries as well. Jesus, our Intercessor, is praying for you too – that you might use your experience of difficult circumstances to strengthen the people within your sphere of influence. When you receive deliverance from something, you simultaneously receive an anointing to lead someone else through the same – we all face hard times, but in the hands of the Lord, nothing is ever wasted.