Matthew 26:41 – Stay awake and pray that you won’t be tested. You want to do what is right, but you are weak.” (CEV)
The devil always goes around seeking people who are idle and spiritually ignorant to give him access. We must guard against occasions that make our hearts vulnerable to the operation and oppression of darkness. We saw the example of David in 2 Samuel 11, when he was supposed to be at war but stayed home. It was that same day that he lured Bathsheba to commit adultery with her and eventually killed her husband (Uriah). Never stay inactive because an idle mind is the devil’s factory.
In Matthew 4:1-11, after Jesus finished his 40 days and nights of fasting and prayer, the cunning devil came to test Him at a time when he knew Christ was weak and hungry. But Jesus addressed Satan by the Word—“It is written”. This shows that while we let loose, the enemies carry out their enterprise. Therefore, we need to equip ourselves with the Word of God to defeat the agenda of hell for our existence.
In addition, as seen in our Bible reading, our mortal body is prone to sin and errors, so we must identify our weaknesses and depend on the Holy Spirit to guard us against falling. Above all, watch and pray even as you study the Word, and it shall always be well with you, in Jesus’ name!
Hymn: Christian, Seek not yet Repose – Charlotte Elliott (1836)
1. Father, please keep me awake spiritually and be productive physically.
2. Holy Spirit, open my eyes to see my flaws and help me to make amends.
1. Where I was written off, Father, please cause me to advance more significantly than human expectations.
2. Arrows of affliction and complacency, get out of my life, my family, and the Church.
3. Father, give me the grace to wait on You and reap the benefits of prayer.
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