31And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:
32But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.
Satan hath desired to have you! I could stop there and that would be enough for me to stop and spend time in prayer. But Jesus continues, that he may sift you as wheat. Here is an explanation of the old way of sifting wheat:
Spread the wheat onto a floor made from stone, concrete or tamped earth and to beat it with a flail.
The next step is called winnowing, where the loosened chaff is removed from the grain. The old fashioned way of doing this was to throw the grain in the air, where the lighter chaff would be blown off by even a decent breeze. The heavier grains would fall back to the ground below where they were thrown.
This gives us a visual of what Satan wants to do to us on a daily basis. If Jesus stopped here we would be left with fear. Thank God he continues in the next verse. “But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not.” Who better to have praying for you than Christ? We read that the saved have Him as their Intercessor. He is praying that our faith fail not.
Simple thought for tonight, but a powerful message. Today when you feel no one out there cares what is going on in your life or no one understands the pressure you are under, that if your trust is in Him, He is praying for you! I know sometimes we need that reminder.