Unfailing Faith through prayer
And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for you, that your faith fail not: and when you are converted, strengthen your brothers.
But you, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, (Jude 1:20)
This is not the time for you to give up. It’s not the time for you to complain or tire. It’s the time for you to decide that you will be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
JESUS prays for Peter. The target of the prayer of Jesus is NOT that he would immediately escape what was coming. The prayer was that as he would go through the impending trial – his faith would not fail.
This shows us four things:
There is a demonic desire concerning your life. It’s important for you to know that as much as God has good plans and desires about your future – so does your enemy the devil have evil plans for your future.
Endurance through difficult situations and trials that the devil brings into our lives can be achieved through faith. Faith is the ability to outlast the trial, to persist through the resistance. It’s to be found standing on the Word of God when the storm has passed and the dust has settled. The substance of endurance is faith.
You need a strong faith in order to endure. Weak faith will fail. So the determinant of the outcome is not the strength of the trial – it’s the quality of the faith.
Faith can be strengthened by prayer. Jesus could have encouraged Peter. He could have counselled him. He could have taught him. All these things are good and also contribute to the building of faith. However – in this case, Jesus did none of them. Jesus PRAYED for Peter to the end that his faith would not fail.
Others can pray for you – but you can also pray for yourself, praying in your understanding and in the Spirit so that your FAITH rises like a strong tower – able to withstand whatever would come, whatever would rise.