Watch and Pray

Jesus, describing the destruction of the temple, His second coming and ‘the end’, talks about things that are both terrifying and wonderful.  But the conclusion, to the disciples that were asking Him about these things and to ‘all’, is “watch”.  Be alert and sober and pay attention.  Then, when He is in the place called Gethsemane and Peter, James and John fall asleep, He tells them:

“Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

Patient Father,

You know and we know that our spirit is willing but our flesh is weak.  Everything within us yearns to see You, to know You and to have You revealed.  But we so easily fall into temptation.  If the prescription is “watch and pray” then ‘watch and pray’ is what we will do.  But we need You, even to do this.  As we watch, we pray that You would strengthen us to spend just one more hour… one more day… praying and watching.  Open our eyes, as we watch, so that we can see what You want us to see.  And so that we can ask, in prayer, what You want us to ask.

Amen

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~ by Jonathan Biron on November 3, 2008.

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