As we enter into the new year, we are declaring it as the year of prayer! In Matthew 26:41 Jesus tells us to watch and pray or else we will fall into temptation. Watching and praying means praying when it is dark and when you are supposed to be asleep.Watching means being alert, and diligent while praying. Practically, watching goes hand in hand with prayer. When you are constantly distracted while praying, you will not be able to properly listen to and hear the voice of God. Prayer is inviting God’s hand into your life. In the coming year let us be found praying while others are sleeping. Praying is like having sex! If you don’t do it at certain times you cannot easily do it.
We must watch and pray because Jesus told us to watch and pray. This means that it is more important to watch and pray than to fast and pray. Furthermore, we must watch and pray because it is the only practical way to pray consistently for a long time. There are certain periods of the night when your sleep is the deepest. It is difficult and almost impossible to wake up at early hours of the morning to pray when you stay up late! Those are the times where you must rise up, watch and pray. Rising up early requires you to sleep early!
In 2014 we will be found praying in the early morning. On behalf of myself, my wife and all Lighthouse Chapel International pastors and members I would like to wish you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR!