Scripture for Today: Luke 22:31 “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat; but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.”
I do not own one of these. I do plenty of baking, but I always skip the step of sifting the flour. For most of my recipes it does not seem to make much difference. Living in France, I am even less motivated to sift as the flour is already of a finer consistency than the flour in America.
Our verse for today mentions the sifting of wheat. In this process the goal is to separate the good wheat from the bad parts of the grain. There is crushing involved. In biblical times that crushing was either done manually with a tool on a stone floor, or using the feet of oxen. The winnowing fork was then used to throw the mixture of chaff and grain up into the wind to separate it. The result was wheat that was useable.
Jesus allowed Satan to do this to Peter. Satan’s goal was to destroy Peter’s faith while the goal of Jesus was to strengthen it. The result of this trial could go either way. Peter turned away from Jesus and denied Him three times. Satan probably thought he had won. But Jesus knew Peter would turn back to Him again with an unfailing faith that still strengthens believers today.
It is amazing that Jesus prayed for Peter. But in fact, Jesus continues His prayers for us. Romans 8:34 says that Jesus is even now at the right hand of the Father, interceding for me! To think of Jesus praying for me is such a humbling thought! Lord, pray that my faith never fails!