Luke 22:31-34 31 “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”
33 But he replied, “Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death.”
34 Jesus answered, “I tell you, Peter, before the rooster crows today, you will deny three times that you know me.”
A. Inactive Peter (Reasons for failure)
Gal 6.14 may I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus...
Alas for thee, my hearer; alas for thee; the ox led to the slaughter is more wise than thou; the sheep that goes to its death is not so foolish as thou art. Alas for thee my hearer, that thy pulse should beat a march to hell. Alas that yonder clock like the muffled drum should be the music of the funeral march of thy soul. Alas alas that thou should fold thine arms in pleasure when the knife is at thy heart. Alas, alas for thee that thou should sing and make merriment when the rope is about thy neck and the drop is tottering under thee. Alas for thee that thou should go thy way and live merrily and happily and yet be lost. Thou reminds me of the silly moth that dances round about the flame singeing itself for a while and then at last plunging to its death. Such art thou. Alas, alas that ye should be spinning your own winding sheets; that ye should every day by your sins be building your own gallows; that by your transgressions ye should be digging your own graves, and working hard to pile the fagots for your own eternal burning. O that ye were wise that ye understood this that ye would consider your latter end. - Charles Spurgeon, Sermon, The Sinner’s refuge
We have many organizers but few agonizers; many players and payers but few pray-ers; many singers few clingers; lots of pastors few wrestlers; many fears few tears; much fashion little passion; many interferers few intercessors; many writers few fighters. Leonard Ravenhill, Why revival tarries
B. Proactive Jesus / The prayer of Jesus
II Co 12.7
*Intercession – before we sin - John 17:15, 17:24; Heb 7:25
*Advocacy – after we sin – I John 2:1; Rom 8:34
Isaiah 42.3 a bruised reed he will not break and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out.