Pray and Watch and Seek God First

Worth ReadingBen Sieira

It is a signpost. For 2300 evenings and mornings and then the temple shall be cleansed. Those who walk with the Lord will understand this and will also know or at least have some idea of what must occur, what to watch for. Those who do not walk with the Lord will not understand.

Christ Jesus said: "I say to you, watch!"

So, do that and pray, since there is little that can be accomplished if we do not walk with the Lord. In fact, if we do the things we think He wants us to do but without His direction to do so, they are worthless works, as filthy rags, no matter that they appear righteous before men, that is not what counts. He will say to such, "Why do you call me Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?" and "And then will I profess to them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity."

It is all good and well to give to the poor, help the oppressed, defend the widow and the fatherless, fight for truth and upright law, these things need to be done. Some will do one, some another, some will spread the gospel, some will act on it, each according to what he has been given, but if we do not have a personal walk with the Lord and do not listen to His direction, our efforts end up misplaced, our energies expended inefficiently, the outcome a pittance compared to what could be accomplished and our relationship with our Lord in tatters. How can we expect the Lord to organise us as a unified army against evil if we do not listen to OUR TRUE Commander in Chief? What army in the history of the world ever won a battle where each and every soldier did his own thing at his own discretion? It is amazing to me that the rabble we think of as the Lord's army got anywhere at all - but then, that IS the grace and power of God, is it not? Imagine if we are unified under His command!! What could come against His army then?

And what of the sinners of Nineveh praying and repenting at the last moment and averting the total destruction of their great city in so doing!! ??? Is this so hard to understand? Is our faith, our TRUST, in the Lord so infantile and so weak that we cannot even organise a concerted, global or even just nationwide, prayer effort? Is the skin on our knees too soft and unsullied from lack of crawling in the trenches so that kneeling before the Lord is painful and inconvenient? I know there are many deeply faithful out there, but we are completely disorganised and only the Lord Himself can overcome that.

Who will stand with me? Who will kneel with me before the Lord? It is better to die on our feet fighting in concert, side by side confronting our enemy, than to live on our knees groveling in islolation and despair under the power of our enemy - the power to control us through fear and intimidation - basically just bullying!!! When they threaten you with muzzling your right to speak the truth, remember Who it is that you represent and speak for, and fear them not! They're time is short, they are filled with rage, and along the way many will come over from their camp as they are drawn by the power of God's Spirit. Did not all the demons dread the presence of the Spirit of God in Christ? Did He not say that we would do greater things than these? If our fear-filled opponents see fearless opposition to the lies of the usurper, will they not be emboldened to find out what is behind this unstoppable force? Then the Spirit's job is almost done, for it is the Holy Spirit that emboldens us and in turn those who wish to know the truth.