“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift 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.”
You can’t disappoint Jesus.
Just ask Peter.
On the surface, it looks like Jesus’ prayer failed. After all, last time I checked, this is the same Peter who would go on to deny Jesus three times. It seems that Jesus would have every reason to be disappointed. But that’s only if we assume that Jesus means He’s praying that Peter’s faith would not fail at all.
Peter’s faith did fail.
But it did not fail completely.
Jesus knew Peter was going to deny Him. Jesus wasn’t praying against that. He was praying that it wouldn’t be the final word for Peter. And of course, His prayer was answered. Peter faltered in his faith. But he returned and became the leader of the early church.
Peter couldn’t disappoint Jesus. And neither can you. Do you know what to disappoint means? It means give somebody an outcome other than what they expected. That’s less than their hope.
How can you give God an outcome that He didn’t expect?
God knows you’re going to fail. That thing you did yesterday: Jesus already knew you were going to do it before you did it. The same with the thing you did today, and the thing you’ll do tomorrow.
That might sound scary at first, but it should actually encourage you. God knows about it already, has known about it from eternity, but He hasn’t given up on you. So why have you given up on yourself?
And even more than that, it should encourage you because even if your faith does fail for a moment, you will ultimately succeed. The same God who knows you’re going to fail is the same God who already has a plan in place to restore you when you do.