“But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail” (Luke 22:32). To me, this is one of the most encouraging verses in all of Scripture. Peter was enduring a severe trial and Jesus was assuring him that no matter what he might face, his faith would not fail.

Even though Peter had denied Christ, God did not forsake him — not for a moment. This once-fearless disciple, now broken and anguishing over his failure, was never for a moment on his own. And, beloved, neither are we!

No matter what your trial may be — what pain you’re suffering or what sorrow you are enduring — Jesus is interceding for you. At this very moment, in the midst of your storms, He is pleading your cause and He has never let you go.

In Luke 22:31 Jesus warns Peter that Satan desires to sift him as wheat but at the end of verse 32, He gave him this strong exhortation: “And when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.”

Beloved, here is assurance and encouragement for us all. The Lord of creation holds us in His very hand and He tells us, as he did Peter, “Get up! Go now! Do not focus on your failure; rather, get to work for My kingdom. Feed my sheep. Warn my precious ones about the enemy’s devices at work against them. And tell them I hold them in My hands, through every trial.”