Luke 22:31-34, “And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren. And he said unto him, Lord, I am ready to go with thee, both into prison, and to death. And he said, I tell thee, Peter, the cock shall not crow this day, before that thou shalt thrice deny that thou knowest me.”
I believe this text teaches us that we must always be aware the trap that Satan lays for us. That means he is always seeking to scatter you, and to cast you out.
“Simon, Simon.” When a name is repeated several times it is usually intended as an expression of love, but manifested by a warning voice. As if to say, while you are attempting to do the work of God, Satan is trying to destroy you. And then Jesus said, but I have prayed for thee.
Jesus predicted the danger to Peter, because He knew that he was about to deny Him, but He took the occasion to put him on his guard, while also letting him know that I will be there for you should you come to the place of repentance.
“Satan hath desired to have you.” That is, all the apostles, because ‘you’ is plural and these words were not addressed to Peter only. Satan had already deceived Judas; and nearly gotten Peter as well; but he desired to have them all.
We need to understand that the pastor is Satan’s primary target in the church, but he desires us all. On the other hand, we can clearly see that the devil cannot tempt any man except by God’s permission. He desires to do all evil; but he can only to do what God allows.
We also need to understand that Satan is the prince of all evil, and one of his goals is to try or test our faith by placing temptations and trials in our way.
You will remember that God gave Job into Satan’s hands, to see if he would be found faithful, or unbelieving. So Satan desired to have Peter in his hands, that he might also test him. So he would like to have us in his hands, so that he may sift us as wheat.