Told you so.
Words Peter never heard.
Jesus had warned him. “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” (Luke 22:31 NIV)
Talk about failure. Peter had blown it. Big time.
Fell asleep while Jesus was praying. Three times.
Sliced off some guy’s ear. Really?
Then, denied Jesus. Three times.
Yet, Peter receives a personal resurrection appearance (1 Cor. 15:5), one of the first that Easter Sunday. Not only is he fully restored, but he is later commissioned.
Let’s train with Peter this week:
- Remember Who is praying for you and what He is praying for. “I have prayed that your faith may not fail.” Pride. Self-sufficiency. Independence. Let them fail. Hold on to your faith—in Him.
- Pray for yourself. “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” “Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.” Did you notice Peter failed to pray three times before he denied Jesus three times?
- Don’t quit. “And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” Repentance was in order, but so was ministry.
God knows you will blow it. He may even give you a heads-up.
But even if you blow past the guardrails, He is there.
And He calls you by name.
Nail your spiritual workouts this week and change your corner of the gym.
Workout of the Week: How to Follow Failure
Memory Verse: “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’” Mark 16: 6-7 NIV
Just Do It: Get up and pray.