[Jesus continued,] "Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift each of you like wheat. 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."
— Luke 22:31-32 NLT
Most of us would define Peter's denials of the Lord as failures. In some of Jesus' worst moments, Peter denied he had any connection with the Lord  even though a short time before his denials, he had been adamant that he would never turn away from the Lord.  We must learn two very important lessons. First, our failures don't have to be the defining characteristic of our walk with Jesus. Peter was weak and stumbled, but because of his sincere repentance, the Lord's help, and the power of the Holy Spirit, he was used mightily by the Lord. We must never relegate anyone, not even ourselves, to the junk heap for letting the Lord down at one time or another. He is gracious and compassionate and will forgive our sins when we genuinely repent. Second, the Lord can use our failures to equip us to serve others in his family better.
Father, please forgive me for the times I've given up on one of your other children or on myself because of failures in faith. Help me to be more gracious to others and to myself and more committed to helping all of us see our opportunities to serve through the brokenness of our stumblings. In Jesus' name. Amen.