“But I have pleaded in prayer for you, Simon, that your faith should not fail. So when you have repented and turned to me again, strengthen your brothers.” (Luke 22:32 NLT)
Relate: When we make big mistakes, there is a small voice in the back of our heads telling us, “you can’t comeback from this one.” I wonder if this thought crossed Peter’s mind when he heard the rooster crow. He had been so certain that he would do anything for Christ, even go to prison or face death, yet he failed to admit to even knowing Jesus that same night. This is why he wept bitterly as he realized his failure. He had truly believed in his own strength to stand up for his beliefs, and he had failed.
Peter was not left in his failure. In fact, because Peter had an intercessor, the same man that had been so weak would later be able to strengthen others. Peter was not down for the count. All he needed for his comeback was turn to the man in his corner, the man who had been interceding for him, and repent. Jesus had pleaded in prayer for Peter. He indicates in Luke 22:32 and again in verse 34 that he knew Peter would not have the strength to stand firm, and that he would fall before the morning. Jesus knew how low Peter would fall, but he also knew what Peter could become afterwards.
React: Peter, who had been too weak to admit his relationship with the son of God, became the mouthpiece of the early church after the day of Pentecost. He was the first leader in the Christian world to boldly cross the barrier between the Jews and the gentiles. When Peter repented, he put his trust in God’s strength rather than his own, and he became a rock of the early christian church.
We might see our shortcomings and our failures and believe that we can never comeback from them. However, Jesus is our intercessor. He has prepared a path for our comebacks. The very same things that bring us low can be turned to help us to strengthen others who face battles similar to our own. God has big plans for your life, even in the times you fail. Because you have an intercessor, your story isn’t over; he is able to turn your failures into a great comeback story.
God, I thank you that you do not leave us when we are down. I am so grateful that you are fighting for me, and I pray that you will use my weakest moments to bring you glory as you write my comeback story. Amen.