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WATCH & PRAY

by Paul Flemming on February 04, 2022

Why are we so attracted to being near the water? There is something very special about being at the interface of land and water. We are safe on land where we belong, but the water is mysterious and has the potential to be very powerful. Water can also be deep and hide things below, some of which are beautiful and some terrifying. It is no wonder that many of us are content to walk on the beach or sit by the lake without going much beyond dipping our feet in the water.

The attraction and excitement that we feel when being near the water is the same way many of us are when we sit down to pray. We are at the interface of the natural and the supernatural. The supernatural is awesome to consider, but the thought of entering into the ‘waters’ of the Spirit can be overwhelming. God is calling us to participate with Him in a supernatural adventure. Consider Peter’s words:

“...he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature...” 2 Peter 1:4

How do we become participants of the divine nature? First, by allowing the Holy Spirit to reveal the deep truths of Scripture to us, and second, through prayer. The Scriptures encourage us to “watch and pray.” Another way to translate ‘watch’ is to ‘be alert.’ When we pray, we are to be alert; aware of what is happening in the spiritual realm. Why? So that we can pray in line with the will of God and the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Here are a few Scriptures to consider:

“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Mark 14:38

“Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.” Ephesians 6:18

“Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.” Luke 21:36

Jumping into deep spiritual waters can be daunting, but going deeper with God brings huge benefits personally and also to His Kingdom. Keep praying, and watch!

By the way, I am an advanced-level scuba diver… care to join me?