Watch therefore, at all times, praying that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come, and to stand before the Son of Man.
Luke 21:36 (NKJV)
Topic: In The Times We Live In, It’s Important to Persevere and Be Vigilant in Prayer!
Plan to Read the Entire Bible in 2018
Luke 21:36 (NLT) – 36 Always stay alert. And pray that they will be strong enough to escape the horrors that will come and to present themselves before the Son of Man.
Luke 21:36 (NIV) – 36 Always be vigilant, and pray that you may escape all that is about to happen, and present yourself before the Son of man.
Luke 21:36 (MSG) – 36 Be alert, therefore, and do not stop praying, so that you may escape from what is about to happen and may stand before the Son of man
Thoughts of Devotion:
The Bible calls us to be alert, and vigilant in prayer. In its pages we find a warning of these last days, being dangerous and turbulent! In Matthew 24:6-7 he tells us, “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not troubled, because all this must happen; but it is not yet the end. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; and there will be pestilences, and famines, and earthquakes in different places.” These are the final days, before the Lord’s coming, days in which the worry and anxiety of the future will overtake the hearts of many.
It is because of these conditions in our world and society, that today more than ever we must persevere in prayer. We must be vigilant and be careful not to fall into apathy and spiritual neglect. It is necessary to be able to see for ourselves, to be ready for the coming of the Lord in the clouds! In Luke 21:34 he warns us, “See also for yourselves, lest your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, drunkenness, and the cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly.” We cannot be spiritually asleep, when God calls us to be alert!
Prayer is essential, it is vital and extremely important to survive these days in which we live. Our Lord Jesus Christ warned his disciples to be vigilent and pray to be ready and careful, knowing that dangerous times are coming upon humanity! In Luke 12:40 he tells us, “You, then, also, be ready, because at the time you do not think, the Son of Man will come.” This morning we keep in mind that Jesus is coming soon and we must be ready! Knowing that persevering in prayer will keep us, and will keep us ready and prepared for his coming.
Mark 13:33 (NKJV) – 33 Behold, watch and pray; because you do not know when the time will be.
Matthew 26:41 (NKJV) – 41 Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.
Luke 12:40 (NKJV) – 40 You, then, also, be ready, because at the time you do not think, the Son of Man will come.
Matthew 25:13 (NKJV) – 13 Watch therefore, for you do not know the day or the hour when the Son of Man is coming.
Luke 12:37 (NKJV) – 37 Blessed are those servants to whom his master, when he comes, finds watchfulness; Verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them sit down at the table, and come to serve them.
Mark 14: 34-35 (NKJV) – 34 And he said to them, My soul is very sad, even unto death; stay here and watch. 35 He went a little farther and prostrated himself on the ground, and prayed that if it were possible, the hour should pass from him.
Acts 20:31 (NKJV) – 31 Therefore watch, remembering that for three years, night and day, I have not ceased to admonish each one with tears.
1 Peter 4: 7 (NKJV) – 7 But the end of all things is at hand; be sober, then, and watch in prayer.