Watching and Praying

In yesterday’s post, Riots and the Need a Heart Transplant, we looked at the need for Spiritual Rebirth in America. Today I want to look at the heart’s of the Remnant, those God has chosen and already calls His won.

THE IMPORTANCE OF WATCHING AND PRAYING – Luke 21:34-36 | Mission ...

Luke 21:34-36 NKJV and RVR 1960

CONTEXT:

The 21st Chapter of Luke beginning in verse 5 Jesus is foretelling future events:

Luke 21:5-6 Foretells destruction of Temple

Luke 21:7-19 Asked about signs of coming destruction, Jesus relates the troubles to come and why not to fear them and have confidence to persevere 

Luke 21:20-24 Foretells the complete destruction of Jerusalem 

Luke 21:25-28 This must have upset some, here is Jesus speaking to them about His second coming, bringing final redemption. 

Luke 21:29-33 This must have confused even more, in the midst of all this prophecy Jesus calmly throws in a parable.  I want to emphasize verse 33, “till all things take place” this often overlooked phrase is key that all of what Jesus has said, the Whole of Scripture must happen before His second coming. 

 


BREAKDOWN / APPLICATION:

In context the passage is of course speaking of guarding ourselves against lawlessness (sin) while awaiting Christ’s return. Also since no one knows the date and time of His return we are to constantly be watchful and in prayer.

Considering the current events in America I would like to take some leeway here and break this down with application to what is happening today:

v.34 But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with [h]carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. 

Take heed or watch out, a lot is happening and if we do not guard our hearts we can easily be consumed with the cares of this life. Not only could Christ’s return come upon you (us) unexpectedly but so could the calamities of the world around us. A Christian needs to be prepared daily to do battle. We are all soldiers in God’s Army that is why He gave us Armor Ephesians 6:10-20

v.35 For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. 

The imagery of a snare is significant as it imposes upon the mind something swift unexpected and dangerous. The victim is wholly unprepared for the trap. So too those who do not stay “Armored Up” with their Hearts Guarded closely will be lulled into a lax state and fall victim to the snares of the world. How easy is it to let our anger boil at the violence we see on TV, share some half truth on social media or worry that God has forsaken us?

v.36 Watch therefore, and pray always that you may [i]be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

The old expression, The Best Defense is a Good Offense may not always be applicable in all situations but I think we can readily apply it here. Sitting back and waiting for the enemy to come and attack a well defended position is from a military tactics point of view normally okay. It takes a minimum 3 to 1  attacking force advantage to have any hope of success. Note I said a well defended position, and even then the defensive perimeter must be maintained and reinforced regularly.

How are we is these trouble times going guard our hearts in order to battle the cares of the world, the attacks of Satan and be prepared for Christ’s return? First we ae called to be ever watchful and to pray, and pray some more and then pray even more. Paul in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 calls us to pray without ceasing, in other words make prayer an every event thing. So much a part of our lives that we do it both consciously and subconsciously. 

 

 

 

Pray Without Ceasing

Pray without ceasing: parables | friarmusings

On Wednesday the Mayor of Jackson, MS and the Governor of MS both issued  “shelter in place” or “stay at home” orders. One of the things both men emphasized during their respective press conferences was the fact that Grocery Stores and the ability to shop for Food and Medicine would not be effected. 

Of course the first thing local residents did was panic and go on an all out hording spree buying whatever the could at all the local Kroger’s and Walmart’s. 

Listen I get it this COVID-19 is scary stuff, but if you call yourself a “Christian” there are plenty more things to be scared about Matthew 10:28, than dying and going to be with Jesus in paradise Luke 23:43, (just saying). 

In this time of crisis remember the following,

1) We are One Nation Under God

2) Folks at all levels are going to make mistakes, we are in uncharted territory here

3) PRAY, for everyone from Trump on down to do the right thing thing

4) PRAY that God will return His hand of divine providence and supernaturally intervene to slow or stop this disease 

5) PRAY for our health care workers, the unemployed, 

6) PRAY, for our family, friend and neighbors here and around the world 

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Rejoice always and delight in your faith; 17 be unceasing and persistent in prayer; 18 in every situation [no matter what the circumstances] be thankful and continually give thanks to God; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus. (AMP)
Estad siempre gozosos. 17 Orad sin cesar. 18 Dad gracias en todo, porque esta es la voluntad de Dios para con vosotros en Cristo Jesús. (RVR 1960)

 

 

Don’t Give Up

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Parables on Prayer – Luke 18:1-8 (AMP)

 Now Jesus was telling the disciples a parable to make the point that at all times they ought to pray and not give up and lose heartsaying, “In a certain city there was a judge who did not fear God and had no respect for man. There was a [desperate] widow in that city and she kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice and legal protection from my adversary.’ For a time he would not; but later he said to himself, ‘Even though I do not fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow continues to bother me, I will give her justice and legal protection; otherwise [a]by continually coming she [will be an intolerable annoyance and she] will wear me out.’” Then the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says! And will not [our just] God defend and avenge His elect [His chosen ones] who cry out to Him day and night? Will He delay [in providing justice] on their behalf? I tell you that He will defend and avenge them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find [this kind of persistent] faith on the earth?”

 

First we must note that Jesus is speaking to His disciples, that is His chosen 12 and since His death and resurrection we can apply this to all His chosen people (Eph 1:4-5).

Second everyone gets discouraged and frustrated at times it is part of our human (non-spiritual) nature. It is how we handle these situations that matter. As an example some of y’all know that I recently returned from my annual cross country motorcycle trip with Mission M25 Network serving as a Chaplain on the Southern Route and Sandbox Recon Route of Run for the Wall. Well on our (my 12 year old grandson was with me) way home, my trike decided to stop moving forward and we were stuck on the side of the highway for a couple of hours. Then the place I had it towed to informed me 5 days later the could fix it. frustrate you bet. Long story short the place its at is willing to help or I can go get it and I found a place about 3 hours from me near Tupelo, MS that can repair it. God has a plan for everything and we must prayerfully trust Him in all situations. – Mike

Matthew Poole’s English Annotations on the Holy Bible

This duty of praying always is inculcated to us several times in the Epistles, as may appear from those texts quoted in the margin, which we must not interpret as an obligation upon us to be always upon our knees praying; for thus our obedience to it would be inconsistent with our obedience to other precepts of God, relating both to religious duties and civil actions, neither was Christ himself always praying: but it either, first, lets us know, that there is no time in which we may not pray; as we may pray in all places, every where lifting up holy hands without doubting, ( as the apostle saith, 1 Timothy 2:8), so we must pray at any time. Or, secondly, it is as much as, pray frequently and ordinarily; as Solomon’s servants are said by the queen of Sheba to stand always, that is, ordinarily and frequently, before him, 1 Kings 10:8; and the Jews are said always to have resisted the Spirit of God, Acts 7:51; that is, very often, for they did it not in every individual act of their lives. Or else, in every part of time; knitting the morning and evening (the general parts of our time) together by prayer. Thus the morning and evening sacrifice is called the continual burnt offering, Exodus 29:42 Nehemiah 10:33. Or, as it is in Ephesians 6:18, en panti cairw, in every season, whenever the providence of God offers us a fair season and opportunity for prayer. Or mentally praying always, intermixing good and pious ejaculations with our most earthly and sublunary occasions. Or, having our hearts at all times ready for prayer, having the fire always on the altar, (as was required under the old law), though the sacrifice be not always offering.

And not to faint, which is the same with that, Ephesians 6:18, watching thereunto with all perseverance;and Colossians 4:2, Continue in prayer, and watch in the same. Not fainting either by reason of God’s delay to give us the things we ask of him, or through laziness, and remission of our duty, before our life doth determine. This is now what our Saviour designs to teach us in this parable which followeth.