Are you wounded and whipped or standing steadfast and strong in the supernatural power of God?
And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren. (Luke 22:31-32 KJV)
Jesus was speaking to Peter, calling him by his proper surname Simon twice; making this statement God was about to say rather important for Simon Peter to hear. Jesus did not just call out to him once but twice in a row. This was to get Simon Peter’s utmost and undivided attention.
Jesus told Peter that satan desired to have him “Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat…” Jesus knew that Satan desired to have Peter in a wounded position so that he could whip him about further, causing him to stumble and fall rather than remaining tall and serving God obediently. Satan always desires to have God’s people perpetually off balance and about to tumble upon the ground.
Jesus did not desire to leave Peter in this dire circumstance and told him “But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not…” Jesus prayed for Peter to remain steadfast and strong in serving and obeying God. Jesus knew that Peter would need this supernatural strength and prayer to be successful in standing strong among the wiles and tricks satan would set forth in an attempt to trip him up in his walk along the narrow pathway as a servant of God.
Further, Jesus asked Peter to strengthen other brothers and sisters in Christ also living on this earth and ripe for being the target of the wiles of satan, as they sojourned in this world.
Satan has not changed his tactics since ancient times still hurling arrows of assault consistently against those who choose to diligently serve God upon this earth. Satan tries to trip God’s workers up and knock them down; but righteous prayer and obedience is effective in limiting satan’s potential impact on this earth.