“Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat; but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” – Luke 22:31-32
I read this Scripture and the first thing that comes to mind is Job.
Then the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power, only do not put forth your hand on him.” So Satan departed from the presence of the Lord. – Job 1:12
A lot of lessons can be taken from this passage in Luke:
First: Satan has to ask permission. He can accuse (Rev. 12:10), he can lie (Genesis 3:1), tempt (Mat. 4:1-11), and seek permission (Luke 22:31),
He has no power or authority unless provided(or allowed) him by God.
He wants to put a monkey wrench into every plan that God has. But he has to ask permission from God.
Second: His earthly power comes from those that fail temptation. The further a person falls from God’s grace, the more they turn to sin (Romans 1:18-32) and (Ephesians 6:12). Judas failed temptation and Satan entered him and he did his bidding(Luke 22:3-6, 47-48).
Third: Jesus prays for those that follow Him (Luke 22:32). He sends His Holy Spirit to comfort us (John 14:16). The Holy Spirit prays for us (Romans 8:26). He saves us (John 3:16). And he empowers us to stand against Satan:
Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. James 4:7
So, in the end, we have been given power to tell Satan that he has no power over us. This is because the Holy Spirit resides in us.
Think about this Scripture as we leave today:
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. – 1 Peter 2: 9-10