I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren. Luke 22:32
Amy Carmichael addressed the events related in these verses:
Our Lord Jesus prayed for Peter that his faith might not fail, and within a few hours his faith did fail. The more we think of those last hours of our Lord just before Calvary, the more we see every kind of trial compressed into them. It was not only that His cup was filled to overflowing with suffering, but that every variety of suffering was there.
It is easy to escape from the intolerable sense of such suffering by saying, “He was God.” And where Peter was concerned, we may say that Jesus saw across to the victory that would be given. But we know, though we cannot understand it, that Christ was man, too, and the word in Hebrews says that He suffered being tempted. To suffer means to endure or experience pain, so there is no escape by that door.
Is there one for whom we are praying who seems to be unhelped by that prayer? Are we suffering, enduring, experiencing the bitterness of disappointment? Our dear Lord has been this way before. We shall find Him there. He who “turned, and looked upon Peter” will give to us … His own eternal tenderness of spirit, the love that cannot be fired out of loving, the patience that will not let go.
Peter did not fully understand God’s plan. Only later did he learn that God’s greatest source of strength was found in looking beyond himself and into the eyes of Jesus.
Dear Lord, help me to be faithful in prayer. Give me patience that won’t let go!