Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.
Being rooted, built up and established in the faith does not mean that we won’t stumble or even fall on occasion.
Satan demanded to have you… The devil hates seeing strong faith and he loves nothing more than watching you fall. 1 Peter 5:8 reminds us to be ever watchful because “your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” In Luke 22 the ‘someone’ that Satan wanted was Simon who was about to get trampled like wheat on the threshing floor. His self confidence and strong belief in himself was going to be beaten, shaken and thrown in the air.
but I have prayed for you… Oh to have the Lord on your side. This is my favourite part of the verse. Imagine, the Lord praying for You. Just pause for a moment and think about that.Simon, however, is still coasting on his self confidence and says ‘MY faith FAIL! Absolutely not! I will go to prison for you, I will die for you!
strengthen your brothers… Simon was about to get a real wake-up call. That very day he would deny his Lord 3 times. The sifting was about to begin. Sifting is the process of removing the hard outer shell to reveal the real substance of the wheat. We all need to go through this process and it’s not easy, in fact it is usually painful but you will come out the other side stronger for it. It was a painful experience for Simon but the Lord knew he would emerge stronger and because of it he would be able to help his brothers in Christ.
So, when the trials come and you stumble or fall, don’t be discouraged. Learn from it, be strengthened by it and use it to help others along the way.