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Keep Your Seed Dry November 8

Luke 22:31-32

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.

Imagine yourself as Peter sitting here, excited about eating a Passover meal with Jesus. He's just administered communion and announced that the one who is about to betray Him is seated at the table. The twelve apostles begin to self-examine and then get into this evil argument about which one will be the greatest. Satan entered Judas, and by doing so, he was able to enter the room and even take communion!

I wonder which apostle brought up the topic of 'who would be the greatest? Let's assume it was Judas. Then Jesus takes command of the room and explains how leadership works in the kingdom of heaven, and it is by being a servant.

Now He looks directly into Peter's eyes and speaks about Satan's desire to sift Peter as wheat. Interesting choice of words, wheat is sifted after the harvest and before Passover. This stage is the most critical part of the harvest. In the last weeks of the wheat harvest, if the wheat becomes wet, it will turn into leaven/yeast, which is not allowed for the Passover feast. Then Jesus reveals Satan's plan to turn Peter's faith away, and Peter, like a true man, 'machos up' saying that will never happen. But he had a plan; he knew what the enemy was about to do to Peter and prayed that Peter's faith would not fail and that when converted, he would strengthen his brethren.

Sometimes our actions fail; the works of the flesh can bring us to repentance. Peter left and mourned for his betrayal, but he still had a seed of faith. The tears of repentance can keep your harvest dry or from becoming leaven.

Through Jesus's prayer, Peter was able to recover, but the unfortunate part about this is that Jesus had prayed for Judas as well. Pray, that if should you fail, your seed of faith will recover.

He is: Entunchano

The God Who Intercedes



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