At prayer time one evening, a young mother discovered her admonition regarding thankfulness had not been completely understood by her children. She had been encouraging them to always have a grateful spirit and not to complain or grumble. However, when her small child prayed, it came out this way: “Oh Lord, help us not to crumble!”
That’s not a bad prayer either!
In Luke 22:31, we read of Jesus saying to Simon Peter, “Simon, Simon, behold Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat.” Satan was intent on “threshing” Peter so that he could destroy his faith. It is a needed warning. How many have been sifted just in this last year alone. Powerful people who thought they could live as they pleased – politicians, entertainers, media stars, athletes – have reaped the consequences of their behavior and have been sidelined.
Before we spend too much time pointing an indignant finger at the world, however, we have to admit the sad story of sifting that has occurred in the church. All too frequently last year my office got reports of fellow ministers of the gospel who had fallen into sin and were experiencing the heartbreak of being sifted.
The lesson? It can happen to you! It is interesting that Peter’s first response is to deny that he will fail. He insists that he will even die for the cause. Sadly, he did fail and denied Christ. Don’t think that you are invincible to Satan’s attacks.
I am encouraged by the Savior’s promise: “But I have prayed for thee that thy faith fail not.” May the Lord’s intercession on my behalf keep me true to him and my calling. In the beginning of this year, with all of its possibilities before us, let us submit ourselves under the Lord’s diligent protection and resolve that we will not let Satan sideline us. Oh Lord, help us not to crumble!