“Simon, Simon, look out. Satan has asked to sift you like wheat. But I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And you, when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”
(Luke 22:31-32, CSB)

Jesus faced more than one who would betray Him as He served supper to His disciples that week. We quickly think of Judas, but what about Peter? He would deny he even knew the Lord.

And, scripture tells us that not only did these two turn against Him, but the others fled out of fear. Had three years of pouring His life into these disciples been for nothing?

As we pour our lives into others, we must relate to them just as Christ related to His disciples—with grace and love and mercy. At times people will disappoint, stray, or even turn their back on you and all you’ve taught them about God and His Word. 

When this happens, don’t despair. It’s your cue to lift them even more diligently to the Father. Remember this may not be the end. It wasn’t for Peter or for ten of the other disciples. Don’t lose heart in investing in the lives of others. Keep pouring yourself out and praying, and trust God for the results.

Dear Father, thank you for the grace, love, and mercy pastors and missionaries around the world show those whom they disciple. Father, we know that those who are growing in You will be buffeted by temptation and sometimes they will give in to that temptation, particularly in moments of uncertainty and fear. When this happens, please strengthen and grant Your wisdom to the pastors and missionaries who are leading them. Give these spiritual leaders the words and attitudes they need to gently, humbly, and lovingly guide those who stray back to you. And, we pray for those who have strayed and turned their backs on You. May the hope and promise of life with our Savior return their weary hearts home. Amen.

*Adapted from Prayer Patterns written by Carol Ghattas for Missions Mosaic.


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