The walk of faith is a walk of humility. Faith is a gift. We cannot earn it nor accomplish it on our own. Peter’s faith went through satan’s sieve. After the Lord told Peter that he was going to be sifted, He bolstered His disciple with these words from Luke 22:32. It says, “But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.”
There is so much hope for us in His words to Peter. Jesus proclaimed that He had prayed for him that his faith would not fall to the ground.
At that point Peter fleshly boasted. Verse 33 says, “But he said to Him, Lord, I am ready to go with You, both to prison and to death.” I wonder what Peter felt like when he heard those words in verse 34, “…the rooster shall not crow this day before you will deny three times that you know Me.” His arrogant flesh-words vanished like vapor.
Fast forward to John 21. Three times Jesus asked Peter if he loved Him. Verse 17 says, “…Peter was grieved…he said to Him, Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You. Jesus said to him, Feed My sheep.”
Peter’s last words were recorded to strengthen those who were being hounded by false teachers. 2 Peter 3:17-18 says, “You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked; but grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.”