Watch and Pray

“Then He came and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, ‘Simon, are you sleeping? Could you not watch one hour? Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.’ ” Mark 14:37-38

A time of great spiritual need is about to engulf you. What are you going to do?

Perhaps it’s not something bad, at times good things come to us bearing great needs.

At the time of the writing of this post my family and I have just completed a move to a new pastoral appointment. We believe that God has led us here. We like everyone we’ve met so far. But we know that this move, like every move, will bring to us needs and opportunities that will push us to the limits of our resources. How will we meet the needs present in these opportunities?

And then there’s the reality that perpetually exists for everyone living on this sin infested planet. The reality that we’re just a half step away from tragedy every moment we live.

Just a few months ago, my family received a phone call that my brother had died in his sleep. While it’s true that he had a heart condition no one thought that it was anything that was life threatening. He had plans. His friends and family had plans that included him. Yet still he went to sleep that Friday night and never opened his eyes again.

Tragedy is just a half step away. What are you going to do?

There’s only one thing that can prepare us to meet the tragedies, trials, and opportunities that can sweep into life so unexpectedly. Pray.

Prayer connects you with God; and nothing thwarts is sovereignty. Prayer connects connects you with God; and everything is accounted for in his plan. Prayer connects you with God; and there’s no amount of need that’s too great for the resources he has available to meet it. Prayer connects you with God; and in this world when it seems that everything seems to be being used to drive a wedge between us and every relationship we have it’s good to have one relationship that is so easily maintained.

He just a prayer away. And that’s no distance at all.

So like the disciples, just minutes before Christ would be taken away so suddenly, we need to pray.

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