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 ).
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