#346 Passover Perspectives Exodus 12: A Night of Watching
A night of watching Exodus 12:42 “It was a night of watching unto the LORD for bringing them out from the land of Egypt; this same night is a night of watching unto the LORD for all the children of Israel throughout their generations.” (Masoretic Text)
This is the call for our Gospel Age experience, to watch and pray.
The present is represented in the Scriptures to be “the hour of temptation” or testing at the close of this age. It is the Gethsemane hour, in this sense of the word, to all who are the Lord’s people, fully consecrated to him. It is the hour, therefore in which we, like our Lord, should be seeking the Father’s face to receive the full assurance that we are his, and that he is ours; and that we may rely confidently on his strength to carry us through this time…
We are to watch, and to be on our guard against the encroachments of the world, the flesh and the devil. We are to watch for all the encouragements of the Lord’s Word, the evidence of their fulfillment, the signs that betoken his presence and the great changes of dispensation just at hand. We are to watch for everything that will strengthen us in faith and hope and loyalty and love; and while watching we are to pray without ceasing. We are to pray together as the Lord’s people; we are to pray in our homes, as families; we are to pray in secret, in private. We are to have the spirit of prayer in all that we say and do: that is to say, our hearts should be going out continually to the Lord for guidance in all of life’s affairs, that we may do with our might what our hands find to do, in a manner that will be acceptable to him, and that we may be shielded by him from temptation that would otherwise be beyond our endurance, and that we be ultimately delivered from the evil one, and have a place in our Lord’s kingdom.” R2775
Let us watch the Word of God and pray for insight and inspiration.
Let us watch to be aware and pray to be ready for the next step of deliverance.
Let us be aware of the waves, but watch and pray to not get over focused on them, eyes riveted on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.
Let us watch to be aware of our patterns of weakness, and pray to be regulated by the spirit of love, power and of a sound mind.
Let us watch and pray in gratitude for so great a deliverance on our behalf, and soon for Israel and all the families of the earth.
Let us honor him by watching and praying with him, and with one another.
Jesus stood and returned to his disciples. He found them sleeping.
“Simon,” he said to Peter, “are you asleep?”
Three sets of heavy eyes strained to focus their attention on the one who spoke.
“Were you not able to watch with me one hour?
Watch and pray, that you enter not into temptation:
the spirit is ready but the flesh is weak.” Matthew 26:41
Let us honor our Precious Savior by watching and praying and remembering him and the cost of his sacrifice,
to the praise of The Father through the Son,
a night of watching unto the LORD,
a LIFE of watching unto the LORD during this dark night of sin and death.