We see the true love of Christ when he told Peter even before he denied him three times that he was about to go through a trial as satan wanted to sift him as wheat, but Jesus lovingly said he had prayed for him that his faith would not falter. What is our hope in this story is Peter is told after he recovers (is converted) from it all to then go forth and strengthen his brethren. (Luke 22:31,32). 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.
We all need each other and if people only knew it is not by our own strength we live and move, it is the power of God by his Spirit! (Acts 17:28). For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.
It was an angel sent to Jesus to strengthen him at his most sorrowful time, a time just before his trial and crucifixion. (Luke 22:39-46). And he came out, and went, as he was wont, to the mount of Olives; and his disciples also followed him.And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation.And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed,Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow,And said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.
Many of us can say that it is at the darkest times of our life when God seems to shine in our life and make his presence known, for in our weakness we are made strong! (2 Corinthians 12:9,10). And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.