Have you ever done something you said you would never do? Scriptures describe a time in Peter’s life in which he had done what he thought he would never, ever do. On the night he instituted the Lord’s Supper, Jesus predicted that all the disciples would be made to stumble because of him. Peter, in his overzealous confidence, responded, “Even if all are made to stumble, yet I will not…”. He was so sure of himself that he proclaimed emphatically that even if he had to die with Christ, he would not deny him. Yet, hours later, he did just that.
God, in His omniscience, had zeroed in on a weakness in Peter’s character. Through humbling circumstances, Jesus pruned away the pride that would prevent Peter from later becoming the leader of the early church God intended him to be.
Today, we can all identify areas we’re overconfident in by noting the lack of time we spend in prayer over them. If the Holy Spirit brings something to mind, ask the Father to prune that tendency from your life and permit him to use whatever means is necessary to prune negative things out of your life so that you may fulfil the purpose he has for you.
“Even if all are made to stumble, yet I will not be.” Mark 14:29 (NKJV)
Yahweh, you promise in your word to prune branches that don’t bear fruit. Father, I ask you to humbly search me and see if there are barren branches in my life. God, I permit you to do whatever is necessary that I may bear lasting fruit for your glory. In Christ’s name. Amen.