The Enemy

Amy Clemens

Read: Luke 22:31-34

Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. (vv. 31-32)

I feel a little prickling at the back of my neck when I read Jesus’ words to Peter on this final night before the crucifixion. It is the tingling of human fear mixed with holy terror for the things that go on in the unseen kingdom of God!

Peter, this hero and leader of disciples, this healer who later performs a miracle by raising a woman from the dead, this one whom the Savior powerfully renamed and who heard the our Lord’s words, “upon this rock will I build my church”—if this Peter is so vulnerable to the attack of Satan, what of me? And what of you? Do you think yourself so insignificant to the kingdom of God that you will escape the hatred of the enemy? And when you have been sifted and are lying like a heap of chaff on the floor, what then? Will you try to put yourself back together like a self-made man or woman, and march on, shamed by your vulnerability? By God’s grace, no! Herein lies our only hope against the enemy of our souls: “I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail.”

Have faith, bold, brash, vulnerable, and broken people; he who named and prayed for Peter is praying for you! —Amy Clemens

Prayer: Jesus, our Prayer Warrior, Advocate, and High Priest, thank you that you live ever to intercede for us. Help me when I find myself sifted and lying on the floor.