Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Watch and Pray

From this morning's Bible reading:

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

Temptation. It usually makes me think of great, "horrible" sins: murder, infidelity, stealing... But that is not where Satan usually tempts us...especially us Christians. Oh, we're on the lookout for him there! No, he likes to wear us down with the everyday grind of life--temptations to lose our patience and scream at the kids, temptations to have a lousy attitude when hubby comes home, temptations to follow our own plans and not be grateful in God's plan for us.

So, what is the remedy for this temptation? Watch and pray. "Watch" to me means "be alert". Not necessarily watching for temptation, but watching the Lord's face. Not getting so muddled down in my own plans and my own day that I fail to seek Him for everything. This goes hand in hand with "pray without ceasing". Watch and pray...

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