Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat.
A war wages that we do not see. To ignore it would be quite naive, since we are all affected by it. I have been a casualty of this war, left to wonder what happened in the the aftermath. What is this unseen battle? It’s spiritual warfare, and we get a glimpse of it through the life of Simon Peter.
Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers. Luke 22:31-32
In Luke 22:7-30 Simon Peter has just partaken in Jesus’ last Passover meal with the other 11 disciples. After they have eaten, Jesus warns Simon Peter that Satan has asked permission to test the disciples’ faith in an effort to separate them from Him. It’s interesting that even though Satan asked to sift all the disciples, Jesus specifically warned Simon Peter, and prayed for him. However, Simon Peter does not seem to take this warning too seriously and went on to passionately declare that he was ready to go with Jesus to prison and to death. This time Jesus gave him an even more specific warning: “Before the rooster crows today, you will deny three times that you know me.” (Luke 22:34)
Hours later, Jesus was arrested by soldiers and led inside the home of the high priest, where He underwent questioning. Peter followed from a distance, but had to wait in a courtyard with a crowd of people. He was physically separated from Jesus, which gave Satan the chance to test him. Three times Simon Peter was asked if he knew or was with Jesus, and all three times he denied knowing Him. When Peter remembered the warning Jesus gave him, he broke down and cried as he immediately realized he had committed the biggest failure of his life. (Luke 22:54-62)
Have you experienced a failure that changed the course of your life? What were the warning signs that you did not heed? Read Ephesians 6:10-17 for a better understanding of spiritual warfare. Pray that you will not be led into temptation.