"And 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 brethren."
- Luke 22:31-32
The first time in the Bible where Satan asks permission to "sift" someone is in the first two chapters of Job.
Clearly, Satan must get permission from God for his attack on Job.
The same is here in Luke at the time of Passover.
Why must Satan ask? Because God is sovereign. Paul later writes in 1 Corinthians 10:13 that God will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we can bear.
If you are being "sifted" right now, this passage means two comforting words for you.
- God is sovereign, even over all our suffering. God knows our limits, trust Him.
- Jesus Himself is praying for us, like He prayed for Simon. Satan wants you to crack under the circumstances, but put your trust in Jesus, who the Word assures "makes intercession for us" (Romans 8:34). The Victorious One has your back!