6.28.2011

The Dog Days of Summer
"Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak." Matthew 26:41
The long, hot days of summer are here!  Even first thing in the morning the air is damp and warm, and all that is left of the cool, crisp winter mornings is a fleeting memory.  It can take great effort some days just to get out to the car and on with the day.  There can be a tendency toward laziness and lethargy.  When Jesus spoke these words, He was talking to His disciples, the men who had walked with Him for three years.  They had seen Him minister tirelessly to the masses of people following Him and wanting to receive a touch of the Master's Hand.  At this time, Jesus was about to be betrayed and He had asked the disciples to pray along with Him.   They started to pray, but were overcome with "the sleepies" and could not stay awake.  He came and woke them a couple of times, and again they went back to sleep.
Prayer is by far one of the most difficult disciplines of the Christian faith.  When we come into a time of prayer, our minds are flooded with the problems of yesterday and the uncertainty of tomorrow.  Times of fervent prayer are bombarded by the most bizarre thoughts a person will ever have, not to mention those times when we cannot keep our eyes open.  We must never forget that we have an adversary, and his plan is not only to distract us, give us the "sleepies," and fill our minds with anxiety and worry, but it is to destroy our prayer life!  We are encouraged by the Apostle Paul, through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to "Pray without ceasing."  When God's people pray, the gates of heaven are opened wide, and our prayers resound in the heavenly courts.  The promise of the Bible is that when we pray, peace comes.  This is truth "A little prayer, a little power, A lot of prayer, a lot of power."  I want to encourage you to keep an open dialog with the Almighty.  Pray. If you get tired, get up and walk around, jump in the pool, have a cold cup of water, but pray!
Lord Jesus, remind us each day of the power of prayer.  Keep us watchful and prayerful, and strengthen us for your sake.  Amen
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The Dog Days of Summer
"Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak." Matthew 26:41
The long, hot days of summer are here!  Even first thing in the morning the air is damp and warm, and all that is left of the cool, crisp winter mornings is a fleeting memory.  It can take great effort some days just to get out to the car and on with the day.  There can be a tendency toward laziness and lethargy.  When Jesus spoke these words, He was talking to His disciples, the men who had walked with Him for three years.  They had seen Him minister tirelessly to the masses of people following Him and wanting to receive a touch of the Master's Hand.  At this time, Jesus was about to be betrayed and He had asked the disciples to pray along with Him.   They started to pray, but were overcome with "the sleepies" and could not stay awake.  He came and woke them a couple of times, and again they went back to sleep.
Prayer is by far one of the most difficult disciplines of the Christian faith.  When we come into a time of prayer, our minds are flooded with the problems of yesterday and the uncertainty of tomorrow.  Times of fervent prayer are bombarded by the most bizarre thoughts a person will ever have, not to mention those times when we cannot keep our eyes open.  We must never forget that we have an adversary, and his plan is not only to distract us, give us the "sleepies," and fill our minds with anxiety and worry, but it is to destroy our prayer life!  We are encouraged by the Apostle Paul, through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to "Pray without ceasing."  When God's people pray, the gates of heaven are opened wide, and our prayers resound in the heavenly courts.  The promise of the Bible is that when we pray, peace comes.  This is truth "A little prayer, a little power, A lot of prayer, a lot of power."  I want to encourage you to keep an open dialog with the Almighty.  Pray. If you get tired, get up and walk around, jump in the pool, have a cold cup of water, but pray!
Lord Jesus, remind us each day of the power of prayer.  Keep us watchful and prayerful, and strengthen us for your sake.  Amen
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