But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers. Luke 22:32
Every person has had the problem of failing at something at some point in their life. They set a goal for something, but was unable to attain it for some unknown or known reason, thus failed.
Failure is something that no one really wants to go through. It means that one was unable to accomplish something and fell short in his abilities. One often feels worthless and useless in light of failures.
As Jesus is preparing for His arrest and death, He tells Simon that He is praying that his faith does not fail. He adds that when he, Simon, returns from his faith failing, he is to strengthen his brothers.
It is common for people who go through some type of failure to want to give up and quit. They feel as if they cannot do it and no longer want to try.
Every person will fail, if for no other reason than that each person has faults to overcome. No believer is exempt from this either, but will have times in which his faith fails and he really doesn’t trust God as he should.
Instead of giving up and quitting, the true believer will get up and move forward with God after a failure. That failure can be used to strengthen and teach others what to look for and what not to do.
In every failure there are some things that led up to that failure that could have been avoided. When a believer returns to God after failing God, he can use what he has learned to strengthen and train others on how to avoid failing God.
There will be times that you will fail in your walk with God. You will let your faith go and fear to override. You will step into sin, rather than trusting God.
It will hurt you when you fail and cause you to want to quit. Rather than quitting, allow God to pick you up and move forward.
Once you are picked back up and restored to God, allow God to use your failures to His glory. Show others where you went wrong and how they can avoid making the same mistake and failing God. Build others up by being real, rather than hiding your shame of failure.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that your faith in God will never fail; that you will walk with God in all your ways; that you will allow God to use your failure to build others up; and that you will be a witness of God’s love and mercy towards you in times of your failing.