Praying For Those Who Are Suffering

How do you deal with suffering? I don’t do too well. I’m like my father, who used to say, “I don’t mind suffering in silence, as long as everyone knows I am suffering.”

But what about the flip side? How do you handle being with other people who are suffering? Are you able to be present with someone who is suffering when you have no answers and no cure?

Miss Daisy was a lovely lady who worked at the drug store where I grew up.

Miss Daisy always greeted me with a smile. She helped me find what I needed. She made the most delicious milkshakes at the soda fountain side of the store.

And she was always a good shoulder to lean on through the mini-dramas of high school life. She would send me out the door with a reassuring word and invitation to tell her how everything worked out.

I worked at the local hospital as a nurses aid during the summers of my nursing school years. It was there I learned the sad truth that many who enter the helping professions have one weak spot.

They want to eliminate suffering. When they find themselves powerless to do so, they look for ways to look the other way and silence suffering.

They may do this in any number of ways from drugging their patients in the name of comforting them or in simply assigning someone else to observe the suffering.

So it was that I received my assignment to “go sit with the lady who was dying.” I was told to “come get the nurse when she’s gone.” The lady was Miss Daisy.

I entered the room filled with dread. She looked up at me and smiled the old familiar smile. She was weak, but she spoke my name lovingly.

“Carolyn, have you come to be with me today?”

I nodded and sat down and held her hand. Her hand was already getting cold. I said little, because I did not know what to say. And yet it seemed she was comforted by just my presence.

As I watched her irregular breathing come and go like tides being blown off their regular course, I felt helpless. Everything I was being trained to do was directed at how we could save people. And yet, I could not save her.

The tides of breath eventually went out and did not return.

There were so many other times of powerlessness through my years as a nurse. So much suffering without cures. So much suffering resulting from doctors trying anything that might be a cure.

I became part of the conflicted “wanna be saviors” who could not save. I became part of the culture that looks away, not only because of our powerlessness to save, but also because we fear the time will come when we cannot be saved.

What can we do with this burden?

Look around and see the beauty in the world. Recognize it is God alone Who can take an ugly seed and transform it into a beautiful flower.

Recognize He is God. We are not. He alone knows The Plan He has for each of us. He alone is The Creator. He alone has The Power to transform suffering into beauty.

Recognize our Power lies in accepting His Open Invitation to join Him and connect with Him through prayer.

Jesus asked His Disciples to stay close by and keep watch, as He began His Suffering in The Garden of Gethsemane.

“Stay here and keep watch with Me.”
Matthew 26:38

When He found His Disciples sleeping, He told them again to “watch,” adding “and pray.” (Matthew 26:41)

We are called to see the suffering around us and to recognize it as a call to prayer.

Our prayers, as always, should be one of thankfulness and praise to God. We can thank Him that He is God, with All Power to intervene with Compassion, Mercy and Love.

We can thank Him that He has invited us to allow His Compassion, Mercy and Grace to flow through us.

We can ask Him to show us specifically what He wants us to do. Sometimes He will direct us to intervene in a physical way. I was brought to Miss Daisy’s bedside to be with her and hold her hand.

Sometimes He will direct us to watch and pray. He will tell us from what vantage point we are to watch and pray. Sometimes it may be at someone’s bedside. Sometimes it may be from a distance.

We must recognize that our assignment is in place until the suffering is over. We cannot quit because we tire or become afraid.

Like the faithful midwife, who stays the course through a difficult labor, we stay in prayer in faithfulness to God’s Call.

We do what we do because of His Call, not for any payment. And yet we are rewarded in abundance. In our time of suffering, He is merciful and will bring to us those who deliver His Mercy to us.

“Blessed are The Merciful, for they shall be shown Mercy.”
Matthew 5:7

Who is God calling you to pray for today?

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The Persistent Pray-er Who Waited For The Song

My mother was an optimist and a persistent pray-er. She prayed about what God’s Will was in relation to her desires.

Once she felt she was lined up with God’s Will, she waited expectantly. She noted that timing was completely up to God. She said we should never attempt to rush Him.

When she prayed aloud from time to time, she did not ask God again for something He had already assured her was on the way. She thanked God for His Provision, even though we saw no physical evidence of it yet.

When the “harvest” came, she rejoiced aloud that what she had been praying about had arrived.

Sometimes “the harvest” was so long in coming, I gave up. But not my mother.

My father was a prime example of the Power of Persistent Prayer. My father was a man of humility. One would never have associated him with pride.

However satan trips up humble people by causing them to feel inferior in some area of their life. It is kind of like a reverse of pride. Instead of “I’m so proud,” we move to “I’m so ashamed.”

When my father was a young man, he enjoyed singing. It likely came natural to him, as stories abounded of how his father loved to sing.

However, at some point, someone made fun of my father’s singing. He vowed he would never sing again. It was a vow he would keep for many years.

As many things as my father surrendered to The Lord in prayer, his hurt had been so severe, he kept that open wound to himself.

I never knew of his pain until after he was delivered many years later.

In the years before his deliverance, he did sing once a year. He sang Happy Birthday to me every year. It made me feel special, but I was always hungry to hear more. There was no more except … my father’s wonderful whistling.

The songs that were inside Him bubbled their way to the surface and flowed out in whistling. My favorite memories include him standing at the bathroom sink while he shaved and whistled. When he whistled “Mockingbird Hill” and the birds outside the open window joined in, it was heaven.

As my father aged, he had to have teeth pulled and eventually ended up with a full set of dentures. He had a beautiful smile, but alas, the new dentures robbed him of the ability to whistle. The music seemed to have died. It was so sad.

My mother said little, but quietly continued to pray. She later recounted to me the events of one special Sunday in church.

They attended a small church. Everyone sat in their usual seats Sunday after Sunday. There were rarely any visitors, and if there were, it was usually someone’s out of town family, so we knew where they were seated.

My mother joyfully sang every word of every hymn as usual. But on this particular Sunday, when they got to the chorus of “How Great Thou Art,” my mother said she heard as fine a tenor voice as ever she had heard.

She looked around trying to identify who this new mysterious singer might be. All the usual people were in their spots. There was no one new.

My mother said she wondered briefly if it was an angel. She turned to my father to see if he might also be wondering about the new singer.

However, much to her amazement, the new singer was my father!

Oblivious to my mother’s looks of amazement and then pure Joy, he sang a rapturous “How Great Thou Art!”

He never offered any explanation of what (or Who) freed the music that Sunday or what (or Who) healed a young man’s hurt. But my mother knew.

She told me from that moment on, he sang often. She added simply, “Carolyn, don’t ever give up in praying for something you know The Lord wants. He will bring it to pass in His Good Time.”

When my mother died, my father bravely tried to survive, living alone in the house where they had shared life for so many years.

One day I asked him what he did in a typical day. He shared some of his activities. He then added, “and usually I go and get the hymn book and sing for awhile. Your Mama always wanted me to sing, so I hope she can hear me now.”

I asked Daddy what his favorite hymn was. Without hesitation, he said, “How Great Thou Art.”

We sang it at his funeral … in the same church where he was healed of an old hurt. I like to think our little chorus joined with the mighty heavenly chorus, as we all praised God together.

Whatever you are praying about, know this — if it is in God’s Will, it will happen in His Timing.

“The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”
James 5:16

“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
Mark 11:24

“Sing to The Lord a new song; sing to The Lord, all the earth!”
Psalm 96:1

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Pray For People Who Hurt Me??? 😲

Have you ever been annoyed repeatedly, mistreated, harassed, intimidated, bullied or abused? This is only part of a long list the dictionary defines as “persecuted.”

If you have ever been the victim of any of these unpleasant actions, you might not want to even think about the one who brought such hurt to you.

Even worse, if you are experiencing the hurt right now, what can you do?

Jesus said to “pray for those who persecute you.”
Matthew 5:44

We might be more comfortable praying for those who persecute others than praying for those who persecute us. Why is that?

If we pray for those who are persecuting others, it feels more like we are the good guys, coming in with power to rescue.

If we pray for those who have persecuted us or are persecuting us, we may feel the sting of the powerlessness we hate. We feel victimized.

We may feel that someone who is hurting us is not worthy of our prayers.

We may have to confront our reluctance to forgive … or forget.

Jesus made it personal. He spoke of those who persecute “you.”

What can we do with this tough call to Prayer?

If we want to know how to pray for those who hurt us, we can look to Jesus’ Example of Grace extended to those who were hurting Him.

When we look at the events surrounding the crucifixion of Jesus, we can see Prayer in action.

Jesus prayed,
“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”
Luke 23:34

Some assume Jesus’ Words were for the soldiers carrying out their tortuous assignment.

However, Jesus did not limit His Prayer of Grace to one person or even one group of people. I believe when Jesus looked out from the cross, He saw many more people than just the soldiers, who were near Him.

He saw Judas, who betrayed Him, the disciples who fell asleep and did not keep watch with Him, Peter who denied Him, Pilate and Herod, who were instrumental in condemning Him, and the crowd of people who were watching, observing suffering and doing nothing.

And Jesus saw all of us across time. He saw us, each caught in our own sins, hurting ourselves and others … and not knowing yet the better Way.

Jesus said to The Father, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”

Our response to the call to pray for those who hurt us begins with these simple lessons.

1. There is no human without sin.

Our sins may be different, but we have all sinned and come short of The Glory of God.

“… all have sinned and fall short of The Glory of God.”
Romans 3:23

2. God’s Grace is offered to all.

“For The Grace of God has appeared that offers Salvation to all people.”
Titus 2:11

3. To be able to receive The Grace God offers us, we must forgive. We are able to receive as much forgiveness as we are willing to give others.

“In the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
Matthew 7:2

“For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you.

“But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”
Matthew 6:14-15

God’s Grace and Mercy is delivered to us on the wings of our prayers of Grace extended to those who have hurt us or hurting us now.

Jesus did not wait until He got to Heaven to pray for those hurting Him. He prayed in the midst of the pain.

God is calling you right now to pray for those who have hurt you. Take a step of faith and see the people you believe God created them to be. Pray that they come to know Who He is and Who they are in Him.

“God saw all that He had made and it was very good.”
Genesis 1:31

“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s Grace, in its various forms.”
1 Peter 4:10

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How To Be A True Prayer Partner

How do we pray for other people? Some years ago, I had a rather jarring prayer experience.

I was asked to be a part of a small group of people praying for a young lady, who had shared some things that were challenging her at the time.

I thought I was a pretty good pray-er, so I stepped up and along with the others began calling upon God, detailing what we wanted for our friend. Each of us approached her problem from a different angle and asked God for different things.

We finally stopped and waited for our friend’s gushing gratitude that she had been so thoroughly “covered” in prayer.

Much to our dismay, she looked up and said in great disgust, “God, I am so tired of everyone redesigning my life!” I felt an almost palpable “push back,” as she got up and exited the room.

I was initially hurt. After all, we had been there for her. We had stood with her. We had “covered” her. Hey, we were all good pray-ers. We knew how to get the job done.

A couple of the other ladies immediately decided we needed to pray more, noting this was a “spiritual warfare” situation and we needed to rebuke the “interfering spirits” so our friend could see clearly what we saw for her.

I wasn’t so sure. I excused myself and left, still licking my wounded prayer pride. It took many more days for me to begin to realize God had taught me a valuable lesson.

I realized it was possible to be a “prideful prayer partner.” We heard our friend’s story and each decided what we thought would fix things for her.

Then we conference called God and ordered. Some of you may have been a part of such groups.

We, in fact, did not know what God’s Plan was. We did not know what the real desire of our friend’s heart was. We just knew about the problems she expressed.

As I began to understand how badly we had failed our friend, I asked God’s Forgiveness. I then admitted I really didn’t know how we should have prayed for her or others to come.

I asked God what we should do. Over time, He taught me. I would like to share what I learned.

When called upon to pray, first focus on God … not yourself … not the “pray-ee.”

Clear every other thought but God from your mind.

Be still. Know that He is God. No one else is God. He alone will know The Plans He has for everyone.

Take a few moments to breathe in His Life Giving Spirit. Recognize you are in The Presence of The One Who knows all, past, present and future.

Recognize God’s Ways and Thoughts are higher than your ways or your thoughts. He can create far more than you can even imagine.

Recognize God is willing to share Great and Mysterious Things with you that you don’t know. Don’t try to guess what those things are. Just eagerly anticipate all He is willing to tell you.

Come into His Presence. We come into His Presence with thankfulness. Thank God for Who He is. Thank God for all He has already done. Thanking God will naturally lead to Praising God. Thank Him! Praise Him!

Free yourself of anything that would hinder you from being a worthy conduit of His Mercy and Grace.

Ask God to search your heart. Affirm He knows you. Allow Him to point out anything that would get in the way of your being His Minister.

Forgive everyone. Ask God’s Forgiveness. Receive His Mercy and Grace within every part of yourself. Allow Him to make you pure and whole.

When God tells you it is time to open the door to His Throne Room, so that others may also receive His Mercy and Grace, turn to those who desire prayer.

Listen intently to what they say. But also hear what they do not say. Do not just limit yourself to hearing the cries of their mouth. Hear the cries of their heart.

Encourage them gently to follow the same Pathway you did.

Encourage them to:

Be still.

Know He is God.

Know that He alone has The Plan for their lives and the lives of everyone else in all Creation.

Know that His Ways and His Thoughts are higher than your thoughts or their thoughts.

Know that He is willing to tell them what to do. He is willing to tell them Great and Mysterious Things they do not know.

Encourage them to prepare to receive Him inside themselves. Encourage them to allow God to reveal to them anything that would seek to get in the way of their hearing Him speak.

Give them quiet and privacy to talk with God.

Encourage them to forgive others.

Encourage them to seek God’s Forgiveness.

Affirm that God will forgive.

After giving them time to commune with God, ask God what He would like to tell the “pray-ee.” Wait expectantly.

You may want to encourage them to simply write, record or speak what comes to their mind.

Listen carefully for confirmation in your Spirit. The Spirit of Truth will confirm Truth through His Word, not yours. As He brings confirming Scripture to mind, share it.

End where you began. Thank God for Who He is. Thank God for His Presence. Thank God for His Answers to Prayer now and in the future!

“Call to Me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”
Jeremiah 33:3

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Waffling Prayer 😳

Do you “waffle” when you pray? I confess to being a “waffler.”

Sometimes I believe I pray with great confidence. I try to follow every lesson God so lovingly taught me about connecting with Him … and yet … when things don’t turn out as I wish, I start to doubt.

I kinda open one eye, take a quick peek, and if everything is the same, “I think, “Yeah, that’s what I thought. This praying thing doesn’t work.”

However, the very reason “this praying thing” might not work has more to do with us than God.

If there is electricity available and we connect our lamp’s electrical plug with the electrical outlet, we can get the full benefits of the electricity. We can turn on our lamp and get light.

But what happens if we unplug, replug and unplug again? We won’t get much light. If you connect with God, then doubt, try prayer again and then doubt again, then don’t expect to get much light.

James explained how eager God is to help us.

“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, Who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”
James 1:5

Many of us begin our prayers, putting what we believe is our wisdom out front. We’ve already thought about our situation and we believe we know what God needs to do to fix everything.

But things would go much differently if we just talked with God about our situation and then we said, “Lord, please show me what You want me to know about this. I want to agree with You.”

We can be confident God is present and He knows The Plans He has for us. We can be sure they are Good Plans to give us a Future and a Hope. (Jeremiah 29:11)

We can be sure He will give to us generously from His Vast Knowledge.

We can be sure He will not fault us for having questions. No question is off limits. God knows how much we don’t know.

He will give us His Wisdom so we can agree with Him.

But James is very blunt about what happens when we “waffle.”

“But, when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.

“That person should not expect to receive anything from The Lord.”
James 1:6-7

When we ask God and He tells us something, we cannot go, “Well, that’s not The Answer I wanted. Try again, God.”

We will receive nothing, because we have chosen to remove ourselves from The Flow of God’s Power.

Jesus wanted to heal everyone. He wanted to usher everyone into The Kingdom, where they could witness what they would call miracles. But when He encountered those who refused to believe, He did not force Himself on them.

Mark records He “could not” do many miracles where there was unbelief.

“He could not do any miracles there, except lay His Hands on a few sick people and heal them. He was amazed at their lack of faith.”
Mark 6:5-6

What do we need to do to connect with God?

Believe He is God.

Believe He has the Ultimate Plan for our lives and that He is continuing His Work of Creation in us and through us.

Ask Him to reveal His Will to you. Agree with Him. Don’t doubt!

“Without faith, it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.”
Hebrews 11:6

“If you remain in Me and My Words remain in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be done for you.”
John 15:7

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God Wants To Tell You Great and Mysterious Things!

Many times we talk to God, but we never really expect Him to answer us directly.

We look at our circumstances. We try to figure out what God is saying, based on what happens around us.

But God is much more personal than that. He will talk directly to us.

“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear A Voice behind you, saying, ‘This is The Way! Walk in it!'”
Isaiah 30:21

Not only will God give us Directions, He is also willing to tell us things we can’t find anywhere else. They are “unsearchable.” They are “mysterious.”

“Call to Me and I will answer you. I will tell you Great and Mysterious Things you do not know.”
Jeremiah 33:3

That excites me because there is so much I want to know! And the really good news is God is willing to tell us things we don’t even know to ask Him.

God wants to us to know more than just answers to our questions. God wants us to know Him. Prayer gives us the opportunity to come into God’s Presence and get to know Him.

The more we learn about Who He is, the less we need to know about things. He is Everything!

“You will seek Me and find Me, when you seek Me with all your heart.”
Jeremiah 29:23

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God’s Waiting Room — Have You Ever Been There?

Have you ever done your best praying and it still did not seem to get you anywhere?

1. When you pray, do you tell God what you need, how He can fill your order and when you need it?
2. Do you expect God to deliver immediately what you asked for?
3. Do you ever wonder if God is really listening?
4. Do you ever find yourself thinking of ways to get God’s Attention?
5. Do you think praying in church may be more effective than praying at home or on the go?
6. Do you believe God will speak to you through His Words, as recorded in The Bible?
7. Is The Bible just a History Book?

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“Call to Me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”
Jeremiah 33:3

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If You Only Knew …

God knows you! What is it like to be known by God? Read a portion of Psalm 139. David’s Words are true for you too.

You have searched me, Lord,
and You know me.

You know when I sit and when I rise;
You perceive my thoughts from afar.

You discern my going out and my lying down;
You are familiar with all my ways.

Before a word is on my tongue
You, Lord, know it completely.

You hem me in behind and before,
and You lay Your Hand upon me.

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.

Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Where can I flee from Your Presence?

If I go up to the heavens, You are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, You are there.

If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,

even there Your Hand will guide me,
Your Right Hand will hold me fast.

If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”

even the darkness will not be dark to You,
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to You.

For You created my inmost being;
You knit me together in my mother’s womb.

I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Your Works are wonderful,
I know that full well.

My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.

Your Eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in Your Book
before one of them came to be.

How precious to me are Your Thoughts, oh God!
How vast is the sum of Them!

Were I to count Them,
They would outnumber the grains of sand—
when I awake, I am still with You.
Psalm 139:1-10

During a time of prayer, while I was reflecting on God’s Presence, He gave me a song. It is His Song to you too!
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I’ve Got A Secret! Don’t Tell Anyone!

If you had a big secret, who would you tell? Who can you trust with your deepest feelings?

Did you know you already have Someone who shares in all of your secrets? God was with you from the beginning when you were made “in the secret place.”

“My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in the secret place …”
Psalm 139:15

God knew you from the beginning. He has been with you for every moment of your life. He knows everything about you, even your thoughts.

“Before a word is on my tongue, You, Lord, know it completely.”
Psalm 139:4

Everything you believe you have done completely in private is known to God. While you may hide some things from public view, nothing is hidden from God.

What is it like to be known so completely by God? For many of us, it is startling to have The Full Light of God shine in our lives.

His Light illuminates dark corners where we may have hidden bad memories, secret sins, or fears that are too much to contemplate. We may react as did Adam or Peter.

Adam said, “I heard You in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; so I hid.”
Genesis 3:10

Simon Peter fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man.”
Luke 5:8

Why are we afraid? Because darkness cannot stand in The Presence of Light. It must go. We may fear that our sins are a part of us and we must go too.

We may fear God will punish us severely before banning us from His Presence. However, The Truth is God sees us as He created us. He thankfully does not see us as the person we or anyone else tried to create.

He says to us, as Jesus said to the woman taken in adultery,

“Neither do I condemn you. Go now and leave your life of sin.”
John 8:11

Being known by our Creator is a wonderful Gift. We can be secure in the knowledge that He knows all our secrets and He will hold in Trust All He knows.

It’s time to tell Him all your secrets. He already knows, but He wants to hear it from you.

You may find you want to tell Him some hurtful secrets. He can help you let go of them forever. You no longer have to fear that secret sin is attached to you. You don’t live there anymore.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old has gone, the new is here!”
2 Corinthians 5:17

He may help you see that some things don’t have to be hidden any more. He may reveal to you that your secret fear is nothing to fear. You can step out in new confidence, knowing who you were created to be.

“You are God’s Handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
Ephesians 2:10

Best of all, you can experience the Joy of being completely known and completely loved.

“Let us then approach God’s Throne of Grace with confidence, so that we may receive Mercy and find Grace to help us in our time of need.”
Hebrews 4:16

“For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to Face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”
1 Corinthians 13:12

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Praying and Napping

Does your mind ever wander when you try to pray? Or even worse, do you ever just fall asleep?

Many of us have fallen victim to today’s overstimulating life. There are any number of things that keep our mind constantly humming.

When we attempt to be still and pray, satan sees a major opportunity. His playbook never changes. He begins with distraction.

Satan might whisper,
“Oh you are going to pray? Aren’t you tired? Did you remember to add that one thing to your grocery list? What about that Birthday greeting to your sister?

“I know you’ve got a lot on your plate. You better get your 40 winks now. Here, let me sing you a little lullaby. You’re getting sleepy. Don’t worry, God knows everything you were going to say anyway. Don’t worry about Him.”

Jesus’ Disciples were tired. Sitting quietly in a dark garden, after a good meal, they waited for Jesus to return from His Private Communing with God.

He had only asked them for one thing.

“Stay here and keep watch with Me.”
Matthew 26:38

But … when Jesus returned …

… “He found them sleeping.”
Matthew 26:40

The question Jesus asked them, He could easily ask us.

“Couldn’t you men keep watch with Me for one hour?” He asked Peter.

One hour? Many of us couldn’t make it 15 minutes!

It is interesting that Jesus directed His question to Peter, who was about to face temptations beyond anything he had ever experienced.

Jesus told him, “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Matthew 26:41

Watch? Who are we watching out for? Remember that other being who is watching you. Peter later wrote,

“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”
1 Peter 5:8

Satan would very much like to be able to capture your soul. But first he must get through your flesh and then convince you to choose him instead of God.

So his first target will be your flesh … your body … your mind. What can you do to stay alert?

A good soldier trains for battle. Soldiers learn how the enemy operates, so they are not surprised by his tactics.

A good soldier knows when to expect a battle and prepares. Read Ephesians 6:10-17 to see how to dress.

And then … focus. Begin with thanking God for being God. Thank Him for all the ways He has blessed you. When we turn our focus to Him and off of the world and its troubles, we enter into His Presence.

When we think of all He has done and enjoy The Wonder of His Presence at this moment, praise naturally follows. Satan will not want any of that. He will retreat.

Is it ever ok to fall asleep in prayer? Yes. Falling into a peaceful sleep in prayer assures a beautiful rest!

“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
Matthew 11:28

“In Peace, I will lie down and sleep, for You alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.”
Psalm 4:8

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