“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” (Luke 22:31-32 NIV)
I feel like our family is being sifted like wheat. When wheat is sifted, the chaff is separated from the grain during the threshing process. What remains is the useful and nourishing wheat. Our faith is going through this process of testing.
Jesus tells Peter that he has prayed for him so that his faith may not fail. Prayers in Jesus name are prayers as powerful and useful as Jesus praying himself.
We feel very lifted up in prayer throughout the Church of Jesus Christ. We found out on Saturday that a friend was teaching at a Pastor’s conference last weekend. He received an email regarding the news of Mercy’s condition and had a time of prayer with the Pastors at the conference for us. This is very humbling. We have received multiple texts, emails, phone calls, and personal conversations with people who have told us they were praying for us. We received a message from an individual from Kentucky that was a stranger, yet introduced herself as a sister in Christ. Tuesday evening our Pastor and his wife came over after they heard the news simply to have a time of prayer together. God is good! Thank you so very much for interceding on our behalf in the name of Jesus. When our sifting is through, I trust that we will in turn “strengthen our brothers,” like Jesus said Peter would do.