Listening to the Father's Heart - January 3
Do you remember my son Peter, when my Son told him that he would pray for him because Satan desired to sift him? Now, I answered that prayer, but I did not remove the temptation or the assault upon him. I did, however, answer the prayer by giving Peter the grace to overcome. It is important that my sons learn to persevere and overcome that which the enemy throws at them. That struggle and what they learn from it becomes the strength of the message that they will be able to impart to others. It’s like the struggle of my butterfly to free itself from the cocoon. That very struggle strengthens him to allow him to fly once he breaks free. If I were to cut the cocoon, he would die because he would not have the strength to fly. My son James said it well: "knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience”(James 1:3). Learn from these valuable trials, my son. They will teach you profitable lessons for your benefit and the benefit of others.
And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.” Luke 22:31-32