Thursday, 13 July 2017
As I continue to think about the power of prayer, the word ‘watch’ came to mind.
Jesus said, "Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak."
Many of us are very busy (physically, mentally, emotionally) with our children, families, career, work, business as well as church events. John Hagee: Prayerlessness is sin. I realized that Moses was watching and praying as Joshua fought a battle. Unlike King David, Moses was not sleeping and resting… I remember Paul’s letter to the Galatians:“… watch yourself, or you also may be tempted.” Jentezen Franklin told his congregation to watch their words, attitude, temptations, character and household (W.A.T.C.H.)
Yes Lord! We need to keep watch and pray!
I can imagine Jesus interceding for the saints…
Excerpt from Matthew 26 (paraphrased, emphasis mine):
Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and He said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.”
Jesus took Peter, James and John with Him, and He began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then He said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and KEEP WATCH WITH ME.”
Then He returned to His disciples and found them sleeping. “Could you men not keep watch with me for one hour?” He asked Peter. “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”
When Jesus came back after praying the second time, He again found His disciples sleeping. SO HE LEFT THEM and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing.
Finally, He returned to His disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour is near…”
The hour is near... We do not know when but it will be soon. In our spirit, we know the hour is near and the choice is ours: ‘watch and pray’ or ‘sleep and rest’.
Lam Yee Ling