THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
The husband was home from work, nurturing a bad cold. His wife was watching "the soaps" on TV.
She became emotional and started crying.
He asked, "Honey, how can you be so emotional about people you've never met? And how can you cry about make-believe troubles?"
She said, "The same way you can become emotional when a man you've never met scores a touchdown!"
Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
It was late in the evening, and the disciples were tired.
There in the Garden of Gethsemane, our Lord was struggling with the spiritual fight of His life.
His human nature wanted the cup to "pass from me."
Yet, He remained faithful and prayed, "Father, not as I will, but as THOU wilt!"
In this spiritual struggle, Jesus had asked the disciples to "tarry ye here, and watch with me."
Yet, when He returned to them, they were sleeping!
Today my friends, Jesus is still struggling intensely with the forces of evil in this world.
He is struggling on man's behalf, and working that none "should perish, but that all should come to repentance." (2Pet. 3:9)
And our Lord asks us, His disciples, to "watch and pray."
There is danger lurking all around us today!
How shall we know what to "pray" if we do not remain alert and "watch?"
There are many forces of evil seeking to swallow up our children, grandchildren, neighbors, friends, and co-workers.
Jesus is asking that we "watch and pray, that we enter not into temptation."
Even in the greatest of spiritual battles, the church has a temptation to be drowsy!
In His speech to the last church (Rev. 3:14-22), Jesus called them "lukewarm."
Is that us?
Is it time for our Lord to return from His struggle?
Will He find us sleeping?
It is not time for us to be sleeping!
It is time for us to be REVIVED!
"Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light." (Eph 5:14)