If anyone else thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more: 5circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless.
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.”