"Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation." Mt. 26:41.
As the summer months are upon us, they bring a sense of ease and relaxation. School work is over; vacations and holidays are being planed. How important to consider the warning of our blessed Lord to "watch and pray" - not just at the summer time but all the time.
Watchfulness and prayer are two essentials elements for every Christian. The one discerns dangers while the other defends us against them. To watch without prayer is presumption, to pray without watchfulness is hypocrisy. These two are important conditions of overcoming. Fortified by them, we shall not "enter into" although we pass through temptation. Watchfulness denotes reality, sincerity, and spiritual alertness. Prayer is the expression of dependence upon God, and confidence in Him. We must be watchful lest we lose our sense of dependence while we enjoy the results of dependence.
May the Lord use this issue of Toward the Mark to help you to grow and be established as you read it during the summer months.
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Yours in our soon-coming Lord,
Emil S. Nashed
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