Don’t get caught off-guard

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When people say, ‘There is peace and security,’ then sudden destruction will come upon them as travail comes upon a woman with child, and there will be no escape. (1 Thessalonians 5:3)

The book of Proverbs teaches us: “A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want, like an armed warrior.” (Proverbs 6:10-11). If a little sleep can bring me poverty, then a little relaxation of my spiritual life can land me into temptation and sin.

Dear friends, we can’t afford to sleep or relax in our prayer life. I only deceive myself when I skip my prayers and say: “God understands.” The truth is that each time I skip prayer, the devil capitalizes on it. Constant prayerfulness increases our self-discipline, it makes us stronger against sin and other agents of darkness.

Jesus went to the city of Capernaum to preach and guess what? Right inside the house of God, there was a man with an unclean demon! Who would have thought that such a person would be in the house of God? Can you imagine would have happened if Jesus was not prepared? Be careful. Stay alert in the spirit. Don’t get caught off-guard.

St. Paul tell us in Ephesians 6:13-18 “Therefore take the whole armour of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the equipment of the gospel of peace; besides all these, taking the shield of faith, with which you can quench all the flaming darts of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray at all times in the Spirit.”

Child of God, be ready at all times. Never stop praying. You can be attacked at any time. Be on guard. St. Peter would say: “Be sober, be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith.” (1 Peter 5:8-9)

Let us pray: Lord Jesus, renew my spirit within me. Bring back that fire in me to be closer to you. Amen.

Bible Study: 1st Thess.5:1-11, Psalm 27 and Luke 4:31-37).

Fr. Abu

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