“But he began to invoke a curse on himself and to swear, “I do not know this man of whom you speak.” And immediately the rooster crowed a second time. And Peter remembered how Jesus had said to him, “Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.” And he broke down and wept.”
This is impetuous Peter. This is “I will never deny you….I’m prepared to die for you” Peter. And now, he is “I will denounce You for fear of my life” Peter.
But is he “Depart from me, I never knew you” Peter? Oh, no. Let’s find some hope today.
“And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.” Luke 22:31,32
Jesus had an eye for what Peter would become. He did not see his failure as a dead end. He does not view our failures that way either. “Love (and “God is love”) hopes all things.”
Here is what JFB says on this verse:
–“But I have prayed”–have been doing it already.
–“for thee”–as most in danger.
–“fail not”–that is, entirely; for partially it did fail.
–“converted”–brought back afresh as a penitent disciple.
–“strengthen”, &c.–that is, make use of thy bitter experience for the fortifying of thy tempted brethren.
“Fail…our word eclipse is this word. Evidently Jesus could not keep Satan from attacking Peter. He had already captured Judas. Did he not repeatedly attack Jesus? But he could and did pray for Peter‘s faith and his praying won in the end, though Peter stumbled and fell.”
Oh ladies! Have hope!
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” Romans 15:13
“But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.” Heb.7:24-27
Your Savior is praying for YOU today!