Luke 22:31-32 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: 32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.
Satan desired to sift and shake Simon to cause him to fail. Jesus prayed for him that he would pass the test. And even when the test is still future Jesus lets him know that he will be converted and that he should use the lessons that he learns.
I find great reason to be comforted in this story. The story is about Simon Peter, Satan, and Jesus but maybe there are some promises that we find in other parts of the Scriptures illustrated here.
First, Satan desired which means that he had to ask permission. He can want it but apparently he doesn’t choose what to do with me. That is the story and truth we see illustrated in the life of Job. So nothing will happen to me that doesn’t come God approved.
Second, even though the testing comes Jesus tells Peter that he will personally pray for him. That is a beautiful thought. I also know that He ever lives to intercede for us. He is our advocate. He is praying that Peter’s faith would not fail.
Thirdly, Jesus lets Peter will be converted. He is promised success before the test even starts. We are promised that we are more than conquerers and all His promises are yea and amen.
Lastly, this testing will give Peter a lesson that can be used in the lives of others. Peter will strengthen others from what he learns. The testing is a time of teaching.
So there are great lessons here, Satan can’t just do with me what he wants. He has to have permission and even then Jesus will pray for me. I will win in this too. Then I will teach others what God has taught me!