But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.Jesus, in Luke 22:32 (NIV)
Jesus knew Simon Peter was going to deny him (v34). Not only did Jesus pray that the denials would not cause Peter’s faith to completely fail, but He also knew that Peter would repent and turn back to God. And when he did turn back, God would forgive him, and use him to strengthen the church.
This makes me think of the United States. As a society, we have denied the true God, turned away from God, removing God from public schools and other institutions. And our society is suffering the consequences. But God is faithful – if we as a country (led by His church) would turn back to God in repentance, He will forgive us and restore us. I went into more detail about this in a previous blog a couple years ago – if interested, you can read it here.
Dear Jesus, as You prayed for Simon, please pray for us, these United States of America, especially Your church and our leaders, that our faith may not fail. Lead us to turn back to You, that Your great name, O God, may be restored to respect and prominence in this nation. For the building up of Your Kingdom, Amen.