Luke 22:31, 32 - Watch and Pray for satan desires to have you.
Luk.22:31, 32: Watch and Pray for satan Desires to Have You.
Luke 22:31, 32 (KJV) 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.
It is critical that Christians understand their vulnerability to
demonic influence. Those who say a demon cannot influence a believer's
life have left us with only two possible culprits for the problems we
face: ourselves or God. If we blame ourselves, we feel hopeless
because we can't do anything to stop what we're doing. If we blame God,
our confidence in Him as our benevolent Father is shattered. Either
way, we have no chance to gain the victory which the Bible promises
us. In reality we are in a winnable war against the defeated kingdom
of darkness. But the lies of Satan can gain a measure of control if
we believe them.
What right did Satan have to sift Simon (Peter) like wheat? The
context reveals that Peter and the other disciples were arguing about
who was going to be the greatest in the kingdom of God. In other
words, they were exercising pride. Sinful pride affords Satan a huge
opportunity. Peter protested that he was willing to die or go to prison for
the sake of Christ. But Jesus told him that, before the day was
over, Peter would deny Him three times, and he did.
There are many believers who profess their faith and commit
themselves to behave appropriately but can't seem to follow through. Why?
We dare not overlook the reality of Satan and the ground we give
him through pride and disobedience. God intervened in the early
church and struck down Ananias and Sapphira because they allowed Satan
to fill their hearts to lie to the Holy Spirit. The word filled in
Acts 5 is the same word found in Ephesians 5:18: "Be filled with the
Spirit." God delivered a dramatic message early: To whichever source you
yield, by that source you shall be filled or controlled.
Father, I ask forgiveness for any ways I have allowed Satan to
control me. I want to be controlled wholly by You. by Neil Anderson at
"I Have Prayed For Thee"
To every Christian comes the word that was addressed to Peter,
"Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: but I
have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not" (Luke 22:31, 32).
Thank God we are not left alone. This is our safety. Satan can never
touch with eternal disaster one whom Christ has prepared for
temptation by His previous intercession, for grace is provided in Christ
for every soul, and a way of escape has been made, so that no one
need fall under the power of the enemy.
Satan is preparing many and strong temptations with which to
assail the people of God. He is represented as walking to and fro like
a roaring lion, seeking for some unguarded soul whom he may be
successful in deceiving through his subtlety, and may finally destroy. We
are not safe without Christ for a single step. But what comfort is
treasured for us in the words, "I have prayed for thee, that thy faith
fail not"! Satan does not sift chaff; it is the wheat that he desires
to have in his hands. Then let us take courage and pray at all
Christ offers our prayers to the Father, mingled with the merit
of His sacrifice, and they come up before God as sweet incense. . .
. Whenever you are tempted to sin remember that Christ's eye is
upon you, and that Satan desires to have you that he may sift you as
wheat. Remember to send your petitions heavenward, and see Jesus making
intercession for you. Send up an earnest cry to God, "Lord, save me; I
perish," and you will not be overcome; you will not enter into sin. Take
your stand firmly on the words of Paul, and in the strength of Jesus
say, "In all these things we are more than conquerors through him
that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor
angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things
to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be
able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus
our Lord" (Rom. 8:37-39). [www.bibleuniverse.com]