標 題： 被試探卻安全穩妥
經 節： 主又說：「西門！西門！撒但想要得著你們，好篩你們像篩麥子一樣；但我已經為你祈求，叫你不至於失了信心。你回頭以後，要堅固你的弟兄。」（路加福音廿二章31～32節）
the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may
sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail;
and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brothers.” (Luke
Jesus dearly loved Peter. Jesus spoke to
him specifically and said, “Simon! Simon! Satan has made a request to sift all
of you (plural) as wheat. But I have prayed for you (singular), that your faith
will not fail. And when you (singular) have returned to Me, strengthen your brothers.”
Even as Jesus faced His imminent arrest and crucifixion, He took time to
strengthen Peter for what was to come! He assured him that God had set limits
on Satan’s influence. He expressed His confidence that even though Peter’s
faith would falter, he would overcome, to the point of strengthening others.
Since Jesus Himself was interceding for Peter, Peter might fail for a moment,
but his life would ultimately be victorious.
Jesus is fully aware of every temptation
and test you will encounter, and He stands ready to deliver you_(1 Cor. 10:13).
He intercedes for you just as He did for Peter (Rom. 8:34; Heb. 7:25).
Temptation might catch you by surprise, but Jesus is already interceding with
the Father on your behalf. Remember that temptation is not a sin. When you are
tempted, turn immediately to Jesus. He will take you to the Father, and you
will overcome the temptation, for Jesus has overcome everything you can face in
the world (1 John 4:4). When you are tested and are secure in the intercession
of Jesus, you, too, will be able to strengthen others. If you are grappling
with temptation, Jesus is interceding for you with the Father even now. Be
steadfast and encouraged!