Read Luke 22: 31-34.
This passage gives further insight into what was going on in the spirit realm.
Satan had demanded permission to “sift” Peter like wheat. Sifting wheat was done by violently shaking the wheat through a strainer. The wheat would stay in the strainer, while the chaff would blow away.
Satan had demanded permission to shake Peter up to see if there was any substance to his faith. To Jesus, the issue was not whether or not Peter would deny Him.
That was already prophesied. The issue was what Peter would do afterward. The LORD allows our faith to be tested. He knows that we sometimes will not pass the test.
When we are tested, the true substance of our faith becomes evident. This is not to condemn us, but so that we can see where we need to change. If you are in a “night season” where your faith is being tested, allow the words of the LORD to Peter bring comfort and encouragement to you.
“I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail you. After you have turned, strengthen your brothers.”
Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial
“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.”
But he said to Him, “LORD, I am ready to go with You, both to prison and to death.”
Then He said, “I tell you, Peter, the rooster shall not crow this day before you will deny three times that you know Me,” Luke 22: 31-34.
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Read Luke 22:54-62.
Luke gives such a beautiful account of the LORD’s response to Peter immediately following the denial. Even while being falsely accused by the religious leaders, Jesus was fully aware of what was going on with Peter.
He knew the exact moment when Peter denied Him for the third time and turned and looked at him. He did not turn His face away from him, but turned toward him. I can imagine that Peter found himself looking into the compassionate eyes of Jesus, who had already prayed for this very moment.
What a wonderful picture of the heart of God for us.
Allow the LORD to look into your eyes, even during your times of failure and remember that He lives to make intercession for you.
Peter Denies Jesus, and Weeps Bitterly
“Having arrested Him, they led Him and brought Him into the high priest’s house. But Peter followed at a distance. Now when they had kindled a fire in the midst of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat among them. And a certain servant girl, seeing him as he sat by the fire, looked intently at him and said, “This man was also with Him.”
But he denied Him, saying, “Woman, I do not know Him.”
And after a little while another saw him and said, “You also are of them.”
But Peter said, “Man, I am not!”
Then after about an hour had passed, another confidently affirmed, saying, “Surely this fellow also was with Him, for he is a Galilean.”
But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are saying!”
Immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed. And the LORD turned and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word of the LORD, how He had said to him, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” So Peter went out and wept bitterly.” Luke 22:54-62.
Chuck D. Pierce
Glory of Zion International Ministries
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Charles D. “Chuck” Pierce serves as President of Global Spheres, Inc. (GSI). This is an apostolic, prophetic ministry used to gather and mobilize the worshipping Triumphant Reserve worldwide. GSI facilitates other ministries and participates in regional and national gatherings to develop new Kingdom paradigms. Peter and Doris Wagner complete the leadership team of this new wineskin. Chuck is President of Glory of Zion International Ministries, a ministry that aligns Jew and Gentile and is known for his accurate prophetic gifting which helps nations, cities, churches and individuals understand the times and seasons in which we live.