Watch And Pray

Mark 14:38: Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.

We need to do both of those things, to watch and to pray, because there are dangers that we CAN perceive and there are dangers that we CANNOT perceive. There are some that we cannot perceive because they are spiritual. There are others that we cannot perceive because they are little. Whatever the reason for our lack of perception, the dangers that we cannot perceive are the most dangerous. We need to watch for the dangers that we can perceive and pray for protection from the ones that we cannot perceive.

Ephesians 6:12: For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Matthew 6:13a: And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: . . .

Psalm 91:3a: Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, . . .

Mark Guy Pearse:

He shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler. That is, from the little things, the hidden traps and snares that are set for us. Great sins frighten where little snares entangle. It is easier to escape from the huntsman*s arrow than the crafty lure.

And where are they not set? Riches and poverty, sickness and strength, prosperity and adversity, friendship and loneliness, the work and the want of it . . . each has its snare, wherein not only are the unwary caught, but the wise and the watchful sometimes fall a prey. Little things, mere threads, hardly worth guarding against . . . yet they are strong enough to hold us and hinder us, and may be the beginning of our destruction.

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