It is the night of the Last Supper. Jesus has re-interpreted the bread and cup to be his body and blood of the new covenant. He tells his disciples they must be servants if they want to be great. Then Jesus tells Peter that he has prayed for him, that his faith will not fail when Satan sifts him like wheat. His faith will be tested in order to be made strong. When tested, we learn to discern the voice of our Lord from other voices. We learn that God is faithful.
Peter responds with, “I am ready to go to prison and die with you.” Are we ready to die for Jesus as so many of our brothers and sisters around the world are doing? Do we want to be sifted by Satan? We can be comforted to know Jesus prays for us, too (Hebrews 7:25).
After the praying comes action. We are in the world in the power of the Holy Spirit bringing God’s kingdom to the whole creation, established through the blood of the Lamb which forgives sins and overcomes the evil one. We are free from sin and free to serve in Christ’s name.
Prayer: Lord, protect us as we are sifted, ready to be used for the sake of your kingdom on earth; in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by David Hefner,
Pastor of Shiloh Lutheran Church in Hickory, NC.