Saturday, 13 November 2021
Title: Always watch and pray
Author: Pastor Johnson Chong
Translator: Margaret Ong

Mark 14: 38 “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

Dear brothers and sisters, do you know: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” ( 1 Peter 5: 8 ). There was a man of God in the Old Testament, God sent in to exclaim against Jeroboam, afterwards he was slewed on the way back by a lion (I Kings 13:24). The Lord also warned Peter: “Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat” ( Luke 22: 31 ). Subsequently, Peter denied the Lord three times. If it were not for the Lord’s intercession and special consolation, this consequence would be really unimaginable. The main reason for this is that they did not watch and pray and fell into temptation, so the Lord especially put forward the advice.

Dear brothers and sisters, none of us really know what is going to meet us ahead. Satan always waits there to find opportunities to tempt us, attack us, and even want to devour us. Although the Lord intercedes for Peter so that he will not lose faith, but because he himself did not watch and pray, he fell into the sin of denying the Lord three times. What a terrible thing it is. Peter did not watch and pray. Perhaps he was confident, thinking for sure that he was stronger than everyone else, and would not deny the Lord. In fact, Peter did not really value the Lord’s words.

The Lord Jesus taught us, “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” The Lord Jesus knew that some people live peacefully day by day and do not see the danger ahead. Therefore, they just doze off and fall asleep. There are also people who feel that they should watch and pray, but because of their physical weakness, they are too tired to fail to watch.

Oh! Dear brothers and sisters, this is not an optional matter, it is related to our entire spiritual life and future. David fell into a great sin because he did not wake up early and watched and prayed, and became a tainted person ( 2 Samuel 11: 2 ). Later Peter was willing to watch and pray, so he opened the door to the salvation of the Gentiles. ““But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.” “Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed. ” ( Acts 16: 25~26 ). Paul and Silas watched and prayed in the middle of the night, and the door of the prison was opened. Though in the flesh, they were melancholic and weary, but their hearts were strong and alert, and they could discipline their bodies and bring them into subjection(1 Cor. 9:27 ).

Prayer:

Dear Abba Heavenly Father, we thank you and praise you, thank you for giving us the authority to pray! However, many times, although we feel that we should watch and pray, we fail to alert due to our physical weakness and fatigue. May the Lord help us to pray in spirit and honesty at all times, and also ask the Lord to forgive us for all our transgressions. Because of our own weakness and our debt to you, we have not fully used and valued the authority of this prayer. Pray for the Holy Spirit to fill us, be with us, strengthen us, renew our spiritual life, and change our minds and hearts. In the triumphant name of the Lord Jesus Christ, amen!


Saturday, 13 November 2021
Devotional by Pastor Johnson Chong
标题:总要儆醒祷告
作者:张胜牧师

马可福音14:38 “总要儆醒祷告,免得入了迷惑,你们心灵固然愿意,肉体都软弱了。”

亲爱的弟兄姊妹,你可知道?仇敌魔鬼如同吼叫的狮子,遍地游行寻找可吞吃的人。如果不谨守儆醒,就有被吞吃的可能。(彼得前书5:8)。旧约里有个神人,在受神差遣警告耶罗波安定罪之後,自己在回去的路上竟被狮子咬死(列王纪上13:24)。主也已经警告彼得说:“撒旦想要得着你们,好筛你们像筛麦子一样”(路加福音22:31~32)。以後彼得曾经三次不认主,若不是主的代求和特别的安慰,结果真是不堪设想。这主要的原因是他们没有儆醒祷告,以致入了迷惑,所以主特别提出劝告。

亲爱的弟兄姊妹,我们每个人真不知道前面要遇到甚麽事,撒旦时时等在那里找机会迷惑我们,攻击我们,甚至想要吞吃我们,主虽为彼得代祷使他不致失去信心,但因他自己没有儆醒祷告就陷入三次不认主的罪中,这是多麽可怕的事。彼得他所以没有儆醒祷告,可能是他自信,以为自己有把握,比众人刚强,也不会否认主,其实彼得他并没有真正看重主的话。

主耶稣教导我们,“总要儆醒祷告,免得入了迷惑,你们心灵固然愿意,肉体都软弱了。” 主耶稣知道,也有的人每日过的日子很平安,没有看到前面危险,因此就一直在那里打盹睡着了。也有的人虽然觉得应当儆醒祷告,却因肉体软弱,太疲乏困倦,而未能儆醒。

啊!亲爱的弟兄姊妹,这不是一件可有可无的事,这是关系到整个属灵的生命和前程。大卫因没有早起儆醒祷告而陷到极大罪中,成了一个有污点的人(撒母耳记下 11:2)。彼得以後肯儆醒祷告,因而开了外邦人得救的门。“25约在半夜,保罗和西拉,祷告唱诗赞美神,众囚犯也侧耳而听。26忽然地大震动,甚至监牢的地基都摇动了。监门立刻全开,众囚犯的锁链也都松开了”(使徒行传16:25~26)。保罗、西拉半夜儆醒祷告,也开了监狱的门。他们的肉体虽然是忧伤、疲倦的,但心灵却刚强儆醒,能攻克己身,叫身服从,而不体贴肉体。

祷告:亲爱的阿爸天父,我们感谢赞美祢,感谢祢赐给我们祷告的权柄!然而,我们很多时候,虽然觉得应当儆醒祷告,但却因肉体软弱,和太疲乏困倦之故,而未能儆醒。求主帮助我们常常能够以心灵和诚实祷告,也求主赦免我们一切的过犯,因着我们自己的软弱和对祢的亏欠,我们没有充分的使用和看重这个祷告的权柄。求圣灵充满我们,与我们同在,加添我们力量,更新我们的灵命,改变我们的心思意念。
奉主耶稣基督得胜的名求,阿们!