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How Do We Watch and Pray?

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Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. Matthew 26:41 (NIV)

Please tell me you saw that amazing Disney movie “The Incredibles.” The movie is filled with one liners and funny moments. I think my favorite character is Violet Parr. She is the daughter of Mr. Incredible himself and she possesses miraculous powers. Every time she is in the middle of a crisis, she protects herself with a force field or becomes invisible.

I so want to be Violet Parr when I grow up! As a wife and mom I find myself continually in moments of crisis. The moments represent gargantuan crises and small insignificant problems. Whether large or small, being able to produce a force field to cover my family and protect them from certain life issues sounds really appealing.

You can imagine my overwhelming joy when I discovered in God’s word we have the tools to do exactly that -- cover our families with a force field. Jesus gives us two words while he is talking to his closest friends in a garden.

He tells his trusted friends, unless you want to fall into temptation, you better watch and pray (of course that is my own wording of the verse above). Jesus told his friends to cover themselves from temptation by watching and praying.

A life of watching and praying for ourselves and our families protects us from temptation.

So many theological books and commentaries are written about prayer and yet as I look at the words of Jesus in His word, I am astounded at the simplicity of communicating with the Father.

Prayer -- Just Jesus and me in conversation. 

Of course, prayer does have a few requirements.

  • Set aside time alone!
  • Talk to him throughout the day.
  • Tell Him everything!
  • Take time to listen.

Simple conversation with the real you is all Jesus desires.

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Matthew 6:5-7; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; Psalm 85:8

Action Item |

If you desire to protect yourself from temptation today, you must take time to watch and pray. Find a place alone and be real before the Father.

Prayer |

Dear Jesus, you are my only protection from temptation. Protect me today from the thoughts, lies and temptations from satan. Protect my family from him, too. Give me the strength to talk to you throughout today. Keep me alert and watchful. Amen.

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