Luke 22:32 “But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail.”
During the last supper. Peter’s bravado regarding his willingness to follow, and even die for Jesus, sounded great. But Jesus knew Peter’s actions over the next few days wouldn’t support his verbal commitment.
Jesus knew exactly what was coming for Peter: a humiliating triple denial despite his courageous words. So what did Jesus do for Peter? He prayed for him.
What Jesus didn’t pray for Peter is powerful.
- Jesus didn’t pray that Peter would not face difficulty. (I do that a lot.)
- He didn’t pray that Peter would be delivered out of his situation. (Pray that a lot, too.)
Jesus knew full well that, in the long run, Peter’s coming denial would tear down Peter’s pride and that he’d emerge as a more humble leader for his brothers.
So what did Jesus pray? One simple thing: that, through the sifting and shame of the days to come, Peter’s faith would not fail.
Maybe that’s what I need to pray more as well.