Read Luke 22:31-32
31 “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift each of you like wheat. 32 But I have pleaded in prayer for you, Simon, that your faith should not fail. So when you have repented and turned to me again, strengthen your brothers.” (NLT)
We might sometimes wonder if God ever gets weary of us, giving up on us because he has found some better lot of Christians somewhere else. Or we might wonder if we have had one too many chances and have blown them all.
Texts like this will encourage us to ignore such thoughts. Jesus was aware of Peter’s weakness. Satan will indeed test him and he will fail that test both in the garden of Gethsemane and in the high priest’s courtyard.
We may briefly note here that this is perhaps an instance of Jesus’ prayer being answered in a strange way. Peter’s faith did fail, but it recovered. A bit like some of our prayers: seemingly unanswered in the short term but seeing results in the longer term.
What is most encouraging is that after Peter had let Jesus down so badly it wasn’t back to fishing for him. He had a future in Jesus’ purposes despite his failings. Jesus himself foretold this. Not only was he not off the team, he got to be captain of it. His failure was not final, he got knocked down but he got up again. Jesus doesn’t kick us when we are down: he helps us get back on our feet again.