Devotions for the Praying Heart
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Therefore watch (give strict attention, be cautious and alert), for you do not know when the Master of the house is coming—in the evening, or at midnight or at cockcrowing, or in the morning— [Watch, I say] lest He come suddenly and unexpectedly and find you asleep.
(Mark 13:35 – 36 Amp)

In the years before brother Phillip Halverson went to be with the Lord, he would often say to me, “Lynne, you are a last-days’ watcher.” Sometimes, I would just look at him and wonder what on earth he meant. I didn’t know much back then about watching, but I’ve learned some things about it since.

One of the things I’ve learned is that as Christians, we’re all commanded to watch and pray. And we’re commanded to do it more and more as we see the end of the age drawing near. In fact, when you read what Jesus said about the last days, you’ll find He actually talked as much about watching as He did about praying. Therefore, much of our prayer time should be spent watching in the spirit. Yet most Christians don’t know how.

It’s time for that to change. We can’t afford to be in the dark about watching anymore. All you have to do is read your Bible and look around to see that the Day of the Lord is rapidly approaching. It’s time to watch!

What exactly is watching in the spirit?

It is being sensitive to the stirrings and quickenings in your heart. It is paying attention to promptings of the Holy Ghost on the inside of you.

Some believers have become so insensitive to those stirrings, they don’t even realize they have them anymore. They’ve focused their attention so much on the natural, physical world around them that they’ve become almost oblivious to the inner world of the spirit.

Actually, that’s happened to all of us to one degree or another, and it’s time for us to change it. It’s time for us to tune in more to spiritual things.

Scripture Reading: Mark 13:27 – 37
Source: Devotions for the Praying Heart by Lynne Hammond.
Excerpt permission granted by Lynne Hammond Ministries

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