31 “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift each of you like wheat. 32 But I have pleaded in prayer for you, Simon, that your faith should not fail. So when you have repented and turned to me again, strengthen your brothers.” 33 Peter said, “Lord, I am ready to go to prison with you, and even to die with you.” 34 But Jesus said, “Peter, let me tell you something. Before the rooster crows tomorrow morning, you will deny three times that you even know me.”
I have the best intentions of following Jesus, but sometimes I overvalue my strength and resolve to withstand difficulty. Jesus isn’t condemning Peter for being overconfident, he’s preparing him for the internal battle that is coming. The way we grow closer to Jesus is to allow him to speak the truth in love about us. Notice that Jesus reassures Peter that his internal conflict would not result in death. Therefor we don’t have to fear what we will lost by listening to Jesus. We have so much more to gain by receiving his words.
Jesus, Thank you for illuminating opportunities for growth in my life, for pointing out things that are leading me away from you, away from your way of life. Lord, help me to trust that all that you show me is for my good, to become more like you.