Suggested Reading: Luke 22
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Key Verse: Luke 22:32
But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.
Believe it! Jesus prayed for Peter, and He prays for us too. “Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He ever lives to make intercession for them (Heb. 7:25).” What confidence we have in His intercession! The Lord Jesus was fully aware that Peter was about to deny Him, to curse and swear that he does not even know Him. So how does Jesus respond to Peter – in anger and bitterness? Not at all. The Lord looked beyond Peter’s failure to his repentance, his faith restored, and his bold leadership. He knew that in just 50 days, Peter would be filled with the Holy Spirit and would preach a powerful message on the street to thousands. Jesus has a plan for each one of us. He sees restoration following failure. Never give up! Repent and move forward. Judas gave up after his failure. Peter and Judas – which example will we follow?
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Dear Lord, I confess my failure. Just as You saw Peter’s tears and witnessed his repentance, even so I repent and I am confident that You pray for me that my faith will not fail. I receive, by faith, Your forgiveness and restoration. I’m ready to start again in my service for You. Fill me with Your Spirit I pray. I praise You. I worship You. Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! I am continuing to exalt Your Holy Name…….
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
I identify with Peter. He tried to help by attacking the servant of the High Priest. He tried by following Jesus into a place where he could see Jesus standing before the High Priest. He failed to stand up for Jesus when Jesus needed him most. He went out into the darkness and wept bitterly over his failure. But! How I thank God for His mercy and grace. Peter saw Jesus crucified, buried, and alive from the dead. How else could anyone explain Peter’s transformation. He became as bold as a lion, filled with the Holy Spirit, and filled with the Word of God. I know 100% for sure that Jesus is alive. I’ve been filled with the Spirit as the followers of Jesus were 50 days after Peter’s denial. Now, all I have to do is open my mouth and share Jesus wisely and boldly with others. He who prays for me will help me.
Yours for a clear, thoughtful, sometimes gentle, sometimes strong, witness for Jesus,
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