“Lord Jesus Christ Pray For Me That My Faith May Not Fail!”
“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift 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.” Simon replied, “Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death.”*
Jesus who knows the heart of man answered him, “I tell you, Peter, before the rooster crows today, you will deny three times that you know me”(Lk.22:31-34).
Simon Peter’s response has something to do with self-image. Self-image is “the idea, conception, or mental image one has of oneself.” Self-image is important because how we think about ourselves affects how we feel about ourselves and how we interact with others and the world around us.
You may either have a negative, positive, or an overrated self-image.
With a negative self-image, we focus on our faults and weaknesses, distorting failure and imperfections, etc.
A positive self-image is an honest, objective way of seeing oneself; knowing one’s strengths and weaknesses.
On the other hand an overrated self-image does not necessarily lead to positive outcomes, and for many people it in fact creates major problems such as arrogance, self-righteousness, selfishness, or a false sense of superiority.
It seems to me Peter had an overrated self-image. He had that sense of superiority, arrogance and pomposity!
In our journey of faith an overrated self-image can be mistaken for zealousness. Peter boasted how he was ready to accompany Jesus to prison and to death! But it is easier said than done!
The good news is that self-image may not be static. It is possible to build a positive self-image out of a negative self-image; just as much as it is possible to descend from the high horse of an overrated self-image to a positive self-image.
The best of it is that in this journey of faith when Jesus sees that Satan wants to use our overrated self-image to sift us, Jesus prays for us so that our faith may not fail. And when we have turned back, it is to strengthen others.
My friend, even in the moment of near death, Jesus is praying for you that Satan should not have his way with you.
Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ pray for me so that Satan should not sift me as corn and that my faith may not fail. Amen!
Have a blessed day! Peace be with you!