“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.” Matthew 26:41 (NIV)
Watchful And On Guard
Are you watching out? Are you on guard? Are you being careful? Are you praying as you walk through life with me? Since you are asking me these questions, I’m guessing that I’m not watching and being carefully on guard and praying nearly enough. What should I watch out for and be on guard against? How must I be careful? What prayers should I pray as I walk through life with you? Do you really want to know? You’re not asking me these questions just because I have brought them up to you? No, I really want to know. If I am missing the mark, I want to know. That’s good.
Do you want to be able to stand against temptation and resist evil? Yes, certainly. Temptation and evil, that is what you want me to watch out for and be on guard against. That’s what you want me to be careful about and pray against. That’s right. How can I stand against temptation and resist evil? That’s a good question. How can you guard yourself against evil? I can separate myself from evil. I can remove sources of temptation and evil from my life. I can make sure that I don’t allow myself to enter into tempting circumstances. I can slam the door shut on every way that temptation and evil might attempt to enter my life. I could put temptation and evil on a starvation diet by not letting it feed on anything in my life. That would be a very good start. What else? I could take your word into my heart and mind and life. I could allow your word to change my heart, transform my mind and guard my life. How would you do that? I could let your word dwell in me richly. I could meditate on your word day and night. I could claim your word. I could take hold of your word. I could let you word take hold of me. I could pray your word as you make me able to stand against temptation and resist evil. Is this what you will do? Yes Lord, I will separate myself from evil and take hold of your word. Then you will truly be on guard. The you will be careful. Then you will be watching. Then you will be prayerful. Then you will be able to stand against evil and resist temptation. That is what I want. That is what you will have as you remain watchful and on guard with me.
Lord, I know my flesh is weak and that I am susceptible to temptation. I will watch and pray so I will not fall into temptation. I will rely on you to guard me. I will trust you to strengthen me. I know you will make me able to stand against temptation and resist evil. Amen
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