Thought 359

Wanting God to do Everything

“Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Matthew 26: 41 KJV

     How often do we want God to do everything for us and yet He continues to say “just watch and pray so that you won’t fall”? I have found that it is easy to fall when I’m idle. That little old saying, “idle hands are the devil’s workshop” is true! When we just sit there and do nothing, when the Lord has spoken to us, a deep “sleep” comes upon us. When we do nothing, Satan is very likely to tempt! Now, when I say sitting by and doing nothing, I’m not referring to the times of rest and refreshing that come from the Lord and the recreation that we need in our lives to have balance, but rather about doing nothing during the spiritual battle or the night watch seasons of the soul. The urge to watch and pray—to be ready and listening—from Christ (Matt. 26: 41) is so that we will not partake of the bread of idleness and fall into temptation.

When we’re idle

and our guards are down–watch out!–

Satan is probably lurking around.

     Proverbs 19: 15 says that “Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger (KJV).” Laziness, idleness, shiftlessness are all the same thing: they are disobedience to what our God created us to do: to have dominion over the earth and rule it for the glory of God (Genesis 1: 28). Yes, we should rest one day every seven, but the other six we are to be watching and praying—standing!—ready for the Lord to come and move. But being ready does not just take place in the natural, in the spiritual realm there are times that we must stand. Daniel did this when he prayed for the help of the Lord and kept praying for twenty-one days (Daniel 10).

Thought of Reflection:

☐ Are you sitting by wanting God to do everything, instead of obediently standing and waiting for Him?

“And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation.” Luke 22: 40 KJV


– this blog is taken from Ryan’s first book, Devotional Thoughts which he wrote in high school.

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