Luke 22:31–34 (ESV)
Jesus Foretells Peter’s Denial
31 “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, 32 but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” 33 Peter said to him, “Lord,
I am ready to go with you both to prison and to death.” 34 Jesus said, “I tell you, Peter, the rooster will not crow this day, until you deny three times that you know me.”
This is an
interesting passage where Peter is telling Jesus that he has Jesus back, even to prison or death itself. Peter has made a strong statement, but Jesus knows that Peter can’t keep it. When the chips fall, Peter will crater. Jesus prays
for Peter that his faith may not fail, even when he stumbles and falls. When he has turned away, a rooster will crow three times to remind Peter of this falling away. Peter does repent and returns back, but that is yet to come.
I pray: O Lord, it is so easy to make bold statements, but it is harder to live up to such bold statements. We want to say we will never forsake you, yet every time we sin... we should be hearing the rooster crow
three times. Our words are often stronger than our action. Help me to walk the walk and to stay true, and to repent when I fall. Amen.