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Watch and Pray

February 15, 2016

I recall growing up during Hurricane Camille. My father had called family prayer and I believe we were covered. However, being young and curious, I couldn’t help but to look out my bedroom window. If we watch careful, we will learn something. A person is never too young or too old to learn. While lying in bed, I heard a great roaring sound. I looked out my bedroom window to see a large red ball of fire traveling across the field. The next morning, we evaluated any damages to the house or barn. There were damages throughout the community but God lifted the hurricane over our house. There were trees and debris on the ground, but no damage to the house. Being curious, I would watch the elder men in the community when they were doing a job, so I could learn. I knew they would not live forever and that wisdom would be lost forever.

Before Jesus was about to be betrayed, He went to a secret place (Gethsemane) where He could be alone from the crowd and pray to the Father in secret. Jesus carried Peter and the two sons of Zebedee. There are times when we all need someone to stand with us during difficult situations. Three times, Jesus found His disciples asleep. On the third time, Jesus asked His disciples “are you still sleeping and resting”? Behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners. (Matthew 26:36-45) These three disciples were not just three followers that happen to accidently appear in Gethsemane. These three was chosen by Jesus to stand with Him in His darkest hour. Have anyone ever let you down in your hour of need when they promise to be there? In 2016, Jesus is still asking His people “Are you still sleeping and resting”? We are resting in our comfort and familiar zone. While we are sleeping, Satan is destroying families, attacking churches and convincing many that it is Holy and legal for same sex to engage into marriage.

Awake and rise up! If we have minor children; know what your children are harboring in their rooms, who they are chatting with on Facebook or Twitter. Know who they are hanging with, the shows they are watching on television and the internet. Our adversary comes as a thief in the night. Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober. (1 Thessalonians 5:6) When we say peace and safety “destruction comes upon us”.  We have to be ready at all times. When Jesus return, we won’t have time to get ready. In the parable of the Wise and Foolish virgins, we see the danger of sleeping and not watching. “While the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’  And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut. “Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’  But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you. “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming. (Matthew 25: 3, 8-13) While we are sleeping, Jesus can come back for His church and we be left behind as the five foolish virgins.

Prayer: Grant us the strength to stay awake and watch that we fall not into temptation. We can’t see our enemy approaching while we are asleep.

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  1. Very good post! Pastor Fairley!

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