(Nehemiah 4:9-18, Matthew 26:41, Luke 21:36, Ephesians 6:18, Colosians 4:2, 1 Peter 4:7).
As you pray for your soul and life, please watch also. Watch against sins as you pray against it. Watch against your enemies as you pray against them. Jesus emphasized this in His teachings and conducts while on earth.
Do not just open your heart to any thought. Do not accommodate every and any thought in your heart. It is not a sin if the sinful thought comes to your mind, but you must shut the door at it immediately you realize its nature as sinful.
Many visitors come to our doors and gates and it is not solely our fault that they came. However, opening the door to such visitors is our sole responsibility. This is why we peep and ask who the visitors are because we know and will bear the consequences of our actions and inactions as our responsibility. So, when we must have confirmed who the visitors are, and we are sure it is safe to open our door or gate to them; then we open. It is not enough to open and bid our visitors to come in if we are not certain that they have not come with strangers we do not know. Or, imagine a friend showing up at one’s door holding a weapon or something incriminating or deadly, it becomes our sole responsibility to allow or disallow such visitors. If while we think all our visitors are good without the consciousness that they are evil and we open our doors to them; then the consequences come on us and we bear it until help comes, if any. Same way, in watching for our soul as we pray (even if our prayers carry the power of thunder and fire), it becomes our responsibility if we just welcome all and any thought. It is our responsibility which we will account for. Others have gone to account for theirs and sometime in the far future, if the rapture has not come to past, we will also leave and account for ours. If while we think our thoughts is safe we “mistakenly” allow sinful ones a space in us and accommodate such, it is our responsibility.
We will hear suggestions from many people (directly or indirectly talking to us, or overhearing them) as well as from suggestions within our mind but it is our sole responsibility for us to watch them keenly and know if it is evil, sinful or good. As any good visitors can come with a bad visitor, so also our good thought may be coming with a bad one if we are not careful.
So, the first enemies we must watch out for as Christians is sin (satan’s power). The second enemies are those we trust like Judas and Peter who themselves do not really realize the devil wants to use them against Jesus. These loved ones may love us as Peter loved Jesus but the devil might have possessed them and may be manipulating them against us, mildly (Matthew 16:23). Third set of enemies are like the people that cried after Jesus “crucified him, let his blood be upon us and our children”, they are your enemies and they know themselves as your sworn enemies for reasons best known to them (Mark 15:13; Matthew 27:25). Then the fourth set of enemies are those indirect enemies that attack us not because they know us but because they are given charge over us, like the Romans of the time of Jesus’ crucifixion.
Nehemiah 4:9 Nevertheless we made our prayer unto our God, and set a watch against them day and night, because of them.
Matthew 26:41 Watch and pray, that you enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
Mark 13:33 Take you heed, watch and pray: for you know not when the time is.
Mark 14:38 Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.
Luke 21:36 Watch therefore, and pray always, that you may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
Ephesians 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thus with all perseverance and supplication for all saints
Colosians 4:2 Continue in prayer, and watch in it with thanksgiving
1 Peter 4:7 But the end of all things is at hand: be therefore sober minded, and watch unto prayer.
Before sleeping do not let us only pray without watching. Let us watch for our souls very well before sleeping each day. You will realize most evil done to us in dreams is usually done in dreams when we do not commit ourselves to our Lord Jesus very well before sleeping. Or we do not sincerely search our minds and repent of our sins before sleeping.
In watching for our souls please beware of
1) getting annoyed before sleeping
2) arguement with someone before sleeping
3) thinking or talking about lust before sleeping
4) sleeping without praying (this is like going to sleep without checking the security of your house)
Always sleep with a clean heart.
May the mercy of or Lord Jesus Christ be upon us all!
So as we pray we must watch for our souls, it is our responsibility as Christians. As we pray to be righteous we must watch ourselves for what we think and do, as we will bear the consequences they bring upon us. As we pray against our enemies, we must also watch to be spiritual alert and sensitive.
Beloved, please remember, our Lord Jesus put “watch” before “pray”. So, beloved, even if our prayer is massive fire and thunder, we must not throw our caution into the wind (we must not be careless with watching for our souls). Please, WATCH as well as you pray against sins and enemies.
Mark 13:33 Take you heed, watch and pray
1) Lord, give me eyes that sees, in Jesus name.
2) Father, give me a heart that yields to You, in Jesus name.
3) Holy Spirit, where my spirit is willing but my flesh is weak, quicken my mortal body, do not let me fall into the hands of my enemies, in Jesus name.
4) Holy Spirit, let me be spiritually alert and sensitive, in Jesus name.
5) Father, I cannot do any of these without Your mercy and grace, please have mercy upon me, in Jesus name.