“But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail” (Luke 22:32).
On one side, satan is working hard to break your resoluteness and faith. He brings tribulation after tribulation and problem after problem. Jesus told Peter “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat” (Luke 22:31).
Some people are frustrated at the tribulations and the struggles they face and decide not to follow the Christian faith and also quit from reading the Scripture. They backslide from God. “He gives power to the weak and to those who have no might He increases strength” (Isaiah 40:29).
Of all the struggles you face, the biggest one is your struggle to gain faith. Jesus said, “Faith is precious and everything is possible to one who believes.” Satan knows that he could be cast out through faith and so vehemently fights against your faith. But the saints rely on God and successfully overcome the problems created by him.
A struggle troubled the faith of Peter. Satan sought permission from God to sift Peter as wheat. Peter was not aware of satan’s plot. God not only prayed for Peter but He prays for us too even today. That day satan rose against Nehemiah. But God stood by the side of Nehemiah and enabled him to build the broad wall of Jerusalem.
Why does satan come to test you? The reason is that he knows that you are a chosen one by God. He knows God will bring in a big revival through you. He knows God will build His Kingdom through you. These are the reasons.
Why did satan test Peter? He knew that God will be saving the multitude through Peter. He knew that God had given the keys of the heavenly Kingdom to Peter and the church is going to grow and expand through Peter. He also knew that many are going to be healed through Peter and these were the reasons for him to subject peter into trials.
Dear children of God, if satan is bringing struggles and problems in your life, it means that God is going to use you. God will deliver you from all the problems. God who blessed Job double fold will change your days of sorrow and do wonders definitely.
To meditate: “It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us” (Romans 8:34).