Six words made a difference in the ultimate outcome of Peter’s failure. Six words kept him from falling victim to the devil. Six words picked him up and set him back on his feet. Six words wiped the soil of shame and guilt from his face. Six words saw beyond his problems to his vast potential. Six words prepared him for the daunting task of ministry awaiting him. Six words saved Peter’s life.
When Jesus told Peter, “But I have prayed for thee,” He was not simply making conversation. He saw into the future and prayed for the dear disciple who would accomplish such a great work for Him. But first, Peter would deny his Lord. Jesus prayed because He foresaw Peter’s sin of denial and knew the effect it would have on him. Satan would have loved to destroy Peter’s life after this failure, just as he would soon do to Judas. But there was Someone who stood in the devil’s way — Jesus. He would not allow the devil to put Peter out of commission. His prayers saw to it that Peter’s faith would not completely fail. They enabled him instead to recover from his failure and use the experience to strengthen other believers.
The six words which saved Peter’s life are operational today — and the Lord knows you and I have great need of them. We will sin and make mistakes each day, sometimes in spite of the warnings He puts in our path. Remember the Lord has prayed you through your times of weakness. He does not pray to keep you from failure; rather, He prays that your failure does not ultimately keep you from serving Him. You may be under fire today, but you don’t have to be a victim because Jesus is praying for you.
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.
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