“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men should do nothing.” Edmund Burke
My previous post, Don Your Armour, reminded us all of Paul’s words in Ephesians 6:10-18, where he encourages us to put on the whole armour of God.
God’s armour comprises not only the six elements of protective armoury and offensive weapons but also the requirement that we watch and persevere in prayer (see Ephesians 6:18).
Jesus himself, warned that we are to ‘watch and pray’ – Matthew 26:41.
So what should we be watchful about?
- Watch our hearts and attitudes. Proverbs 4:23 tells us we are to guard our hearts because it is from this central area (our inner being), that the current of our lives flow.
- Watch so that we do not enter into temptation—the temptation to be apathetic, complacent, slothful. The temptation to complain, or give up on our stance of faith. The temptation to walk in disobedience or pride. The temptation to belittle others, gossip or judge.
- Watch over the spiritual climate of your nation. Pray for your leaders, for those who occupy roles of significant responsibility. Pray for the liberty of Christians to live lives that are conducive to the moral absolutes of our faith.
- Watch over members of the body of Christ—those in your fellowship, those whom you interact with in your day-to-day life, those bearing the name of Jesus in your nation, not forgetting those who are suffering in far-off lands.
- Watch over the current affairs issue that tugs at your heart (e.g. brutality of dictators, persecuted Christians, the heinous crimes of sexual predators and religious extremists).
- Watch over our loved ones. Be diligent to ask for God’s protection over them as they go to school or work, as they travel to and fro, as they engage with individuals, who may or may not mean them harm.
- Watch over the happenings in Israel. Pray for that nation’s peace. Pray for the members of Christ’s body in that land. Pray for peaceful co-existence between believers in fellowships comprising both Jews and Arabs.
Why watch and pray?
Because, as Edmund Burke is attributed as saying (see above quote), the only thing we need to do for evil to prevail, is to simply do nothing!
Are you feeling helpless, even hopeless, about the injustices, mounting depravity and evils of this world?
Call on Jesus. Petition Jehovah. Summon the Holy Spirit.
We serve a God who is able to intervene, able to transform, able to thwart the spirits of wickedness that are at work in this earth.
Do you believe? If so, are you adding works to your faith? Are you praying?
Jesus asked: ‘. . . when the Son of Man comes, will he really find faith on the earth’ (Luke 18:8).
Well, what is your response?
More to the point, where will Jesus find you? Fighting in the field of faith, or despairing in the dungeons of doubt?
Children of the Living God, spirit-filled believers, Women of Warfare, come – let us do our part. Let us watch and pray!
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