66 As Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant-girls of the high priest came, 67 and seeing Peter warming himself, she looked at him and said, “You also were with Jesus the Nazarene.” 68 But he denied it, saying, “I neither know nor understand what you are talking about.” And he went out onto the porch. 69 The servant-girl saw him, and began once more to say to the bystanders, “This is one of them!” 70 But again he denied it. And after a little while the bystanders were again saying to Peter, “Surely you are one of them, for you are a Galilean too.” 71 But he began to curse and swear, “I do not know this man you are talking about!” 72 Immediately a rooster crowed a second time. And Peter remembered how Jesus had made the remark to him, “Before a rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times.” And he began to weep. ~ Mark 14:66-72 (NASB)
Lord, it’s hard for me to understand how Peter, part of Jesus’ inner circle, could deny his Lord. However, I know the ending of the story. At the time Peter denied Christ, he didn’t understand the Resurrection and Jesus’ salvation. I don’t intend to deny You, but every time I put something else ahead of serving You, every time I ignore You for things of the world, every time I am silent when I should proclaim You, I deny You. Forgive me and help me to always confess You to the world. In Jesus’ name. Amen.