I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.
When I was in the Arab world last year, I met an underground blogger (pen name: Al Edwards) who said this:
“Jesus informs his disciple, Simon Peter, that Satan has demanded permission to sift him as wheat. In Job chapter 1, we see Satan complaining that God has built a hedge of protection around Job so that Satan can do nothing to harm Job. Satan has to ask permission from God to harm Peter and Job, and it was necessary for God to remove his hand of protection from them both so that Satan could afflict them.
“I think we can safely assume there are many such times that Satan demands to do likewise to us.”