Sunday, January 20, 2008

Watch and Pray

"The church that is not jealously protected by mighty intercession and sacrificial labors will before long become the abode of every evil bird and the hiding place for unsuspected corruption. The creeping wilderness will soon take over that church that trusts in its own strength and forgets to watch and pray." A.W. Tozer

The American church, particularly the mega-churches, need to listen to what Tozer is saying here. If we ever start thinking we have it all together just because we are in the church, if we ever get lazy about interceding for our church and our pastor, if we let someone else do all the work at the church, we and our church will be in danger. The wilderness creeps in when we aren't looking, when we are lazy, when we think we are strong.

The same applies to our own personal lives. When I am moving along just fine, when I get lazy about my prayer life and I forget to watch for the danger, that's when the wilderness creeps in. We do not lead static Christian lives; the enemy is stalking us, looking for an opening. Do not forget that!

Keep watch and pray for yourself, your family, your church, your pastor.
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