You have no idea how many times I've turned to those words and clung to that little piece where Jesus tells Simon that he has prayed for him. The sifting is one thing but, the son of God praying for him, astounding!
Jesus warned us that following him would result in just this sort of treatment, but I decided to follow him by my own choice, no point in complaining, just hang in there. This too shall pass.
My take on this is: If Satan has cause to sift me to see if my faith will fail, thus giving him cause to condemn me, then I'm doing something right.
Have you ever been sifted by Satan or are you of no real consequence when it comes to God's kingdom? I don't mean inconsequential but just not enough in God's face to be noticed, I pester him a lot.
Simon was very dear to Jesus, someone special. A bit of a loose cannon I admit but very evident in the company of Jesus, hopefully I'm also evident, a bit of a loose cannon but special enough to be prayed for by the son of God.