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WATCHFUL and PRAYERFUL

WATCHFUL and PRAYERFUL…but not fearful! Does this describe your daily life routine? In the times that we now live, this may be our clarion call for victorious lives. It may even determine our survival considering the unpredictable spread of evil. When I was growing up in the 40’s and 50’s, there were isolated acts of fatal disputes. Wars were fought between nations, but mostly with clear battle lines.
In Franklin, few people locked the doors of their house or autos. The neighbors just might want to borrow something. Don’t get me wrong, it was not paradise-bad things happened. But I never ever remember fearing much of anything other than the bullies at school. Fights broke out but they were usually over a girlfriend. People of all ages got drunk and became uncontrollable, if not dangerous. But it was pretty well predictable. Usually, most could be handled by friends, or sometimes by the law. A good night’s sleep worked wonders.
Something seemed to happen after the Vietnam War. Drugs started appearing in our society. And now it is an epidemic. This has led to use and abuse of prescription drugs. So much crime is perpetrated by distribution and use of these ‘pacifiers’. All to say that we are trying to find peace in the midst of our ‘lostness’ and ‘sadness’. These and more have replaced our reliance on truth. All of us have issues–we are fallen sinners, in need of a Savior. It is what we choose to meet our need that is so important.
But the greatest threat to our peace that is raising its head is the spread of death in the name of religion. Evil is unpredictable and the jihadists know that if they continue to keep us fearful, they win. It is sorta like the quote from Ho Chi Minh, the leader of the N. Vietnamese. “You will kill 10 of our men, and we will kill 1 of yours, and in the end it will be you who tire of it.” If fear takes over our lives, we become paralyzed and ineffective in every phase of our life.
Paul was aware of the spread of evil. He exhorted us as Believers to ‘put on’ the whole armor of God. And he ends his exhortation by charging us to be ‘watchful and prayerful’. “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints” (Eph. 6:18). Do you see the intensity of his warning? Always, with all, for all! Prayer, supplication, perseverance! Friends in Christ, we are in a battle. While in war, one never lays down his armor, and someone is always standing post, being alert and watchful for his comrades. That is prayer!
God is going to be victorious. But none of us wants to be victims of letting down our guard. Earlier Paul introduces the real enemy. “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (vs. 12). For the most part, you cannot see these enemies. So, you fear what you cannot see; the unknown, the unpredictable. But God’s word is predictable. You are to fear only one thing, Him. “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Mt. 10:28).
Daily, we should put on the whole armor of God, and make sure that same covering is over, under and around our family. But even with that, we are to be ‘watchful and prayerful’ in every sense of the word. This evil enemy prowls around ready to devour those who claim the name of Christ. You have a target on your back. This way, you do not live fearfully, but victoriously.

“For to me, to live is Christ, but to die is gain” (Phil. 1:21).
Just know this truth as we pilgrim through this world: “He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (I Jn. 4:4b). Even with the rising tide of terrorism, by being prayerful and watchful, you will be prepared to fulfill Jesus’ mandate for you. I am reminded of the military term, “Man Your Post“. ‘This is present tense…not future or past but present. Each ‘post‘ God gives us needs to be manned with all our might. We need to be alert and give our all right where we are. People’s eternities are at stake and God has placed us in a strategic place at a strategic time for His purposes. There are many lives and even generations that will be affected by how we choose to man our post.’
I am so reminded of Nehemiah and his men rebuilding the wall in Jerusalem. Enemies on every side, disgusted they were rebuilding. Nehemiah had his men building while wearing their armor and swords, sleeping in their clothes on shifts, taking turns as watchmen, many praying at all times. God was on their side and it was accomplished. Is this not the image of our life here on earth, building God’s kingdom?
Man your post, right where you are, being watchful and prayerful!
Copyright 2017
Bill C. Dotson
www.lifespeakstous.com
bill@abidingfathers.org
Scriptures from NKJV
Quote about “man your post” taken from www.hemakesallthingsnew.wordpress.com

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