What Jesus Did! 'Redefining Failure' — Luke 22:31-32

Monday, December 7, 2015

"Satan (the devil) has asked to test you men like a farmer tests his wheat. O Simon, Simon (Peter), I have prayed that you will not lose your faith! Help your brothers be stronger when you come back to me."
— Luke 22:31-32 NLT
Illustration of Luke 22:31-32 NLT — "Satan (the devil) has asked to test you men like a farmer tests his wheat."

Key Thought

Most of us would define Peter's denials of the Lord as failure. In Jesus' worst moments, Peter was denying 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 deep 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 sin when we genuinely repent. Second, the Lord can use our failures to make us equipped to better serve others in his family.

Today's Prayer

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.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Matthew 18:21-22
  • James 5:19-20
  • Romans 14:1-4

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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