But Peter said that he was never with Jesus. He said, “I don’t know or understand what you are talking about.” Then Peter left and went to the entrance of the yard. [Several translations continue with “Just then, the rooster crowed.”]
— Mark 14:68 ERV (Read Full Text)
Peter denies the Lord the first time, just as Jesus had warned him that he would. On cue, the rooster crows as if God is trying to stir Peter’s soul to a new-found fortitude or to remind him of his failure that has just begun to unfold. As the verses that follow show, Peter does not awaken from his spiritual slumber. He continues down the path of denial and abandonment that was begun in the Garden of Gethsemane. How many times have we been caught in the lure of sin or the spiral of spiritual weakness and not heeded the Lord’s warning and not found his way of escape?
O God, forgive me for not heeding your warnings, for not summoning my courage, for not asking for your Spirit’s power, and for not taking your way of escape. Strengthen me by your Spirit, I pray, and open my eyes to see your way through my times of temptation and sin. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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Reposted by: To Live Like Jesus Clothing Ministry on November 21, 2016