Then took they him, and led him, and brought him into the high priest’s house. And Peter followed afar off. And when they had kindled a fire in the midst of the hall, and were set down together, Peter sat down among them. But a certain maid beheld him as he sat by the fire, and earnestly looked upon him, and said, This man was also with him. And he denied him, saying, Woman, I know him not. And after a little while another saw him, and said, Thou art also of them. And Peter said, Man, I am not. And about the space of one hour after another confidently affirmed, saying, Of a truth this fellow also was with him: for he is a Galilaean. And Peter said, Man, I know not what thou sayest. And immediately, while he yet spake, the cock crew. And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And Peter went out, and wept bitterly (Luke 22:54-62).
Peter Denies Jesus – Reflection and Meaning
First, in this story we can realize that before the denial of the Apostle Peter, the Lord warned him what would happen. However, he ignored the warning because he was relying on his own strength.
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 (Luke 22:31-34).
Today we can realize that this problem is very common in the People of God, the Lord Jesus is speaking and many close their ears so as not to listen. Because in general, self-sufficiency in man is like that, it makes the person feel confident in himself, in a state where everything is apparently fine.
But in our walk with Christ things should not be this way, since we cannot depend on our human forces, if the enemy we face is spiritual.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places (Ephesians 6:12).
Therefore, the Lord Jesus our greatest example teaches us how in Gethsemane, which would be his greatest test, depended on the Father and strengthened himself in prayer. On the other hand, Peter being warned did not start to pray, but to sleep.
And said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation (Luke 22:46).
Similarly, this same situation occurs in many who underestimate the powers of darkness and fall asleep in their spiritual life.
For this reason, as happened to Peter, who was shaken at that time, so it is in these people who abandon prayer. God allows them to be shaken by the enemy, to stop having a passive prayer life.
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8).
The Bible always teaches us that prayer is the most powerful weapon that the Christian has, is to depend on God and not on us.
While pride or self-sufficiency is the weapon that the enemy uses to bring down many. For this reason, when we are self-sufficient we deny the Lord, because we believe that we do not need His help.
Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall (Proverbs 16:18).