Daily Devotional, Year 2 – NOVEMBER 16 (Watchmen On Zion’s Walls, Part 3: “Pray Without Ceasing!”)

By admin On December 31st, 2015

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Daily Devotional, Year 2 – NOVEMBER 16 

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Watchmen On Zion’s Walls, Part 3: “Unceasing Prayer”

To read Part 1, click here…OCTOBER 9 (Watchmen On Zion’s Walls, Part 1)

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“Nevertheless we made our prayer unto our God,

and set a watch against them day and night,

because of them (the enemy).”

Nehemiah 4:9

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There is a biblical concept that is so important, that none living in these last days should be ignorant of.

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And just what is that vitally important concept?

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It is the concept of being a watchman…

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Listen…“Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the Master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: Lest coming suddenly He find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch!”  Mark 13:35-37

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Here Jesus warns each and every one of us to be watchful! Not to be asleep!

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ABSORBED IN THE BUSY-NESS OF LIFE

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Now this is not saying that the Christian shouldn’t get a good night’s sleep. No, but this is instead saying, that we are not to get so absorbed in the busy-ness of everyday life that we forget that we are in the midst of a battle for our souls…

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Listen…“And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.” Luke 21:34, 35

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So here are the very words of Jesus as He warns us against getting too caught up in the cares and pleasures of life only to find ourselves trapped up in the snare that is soon-coming upon the whole world!

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ABOVE PICTURE: Dream Maker of Babylon – Signs Of Heaven.org

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REBUILDING JERUSALEM’S WALLS

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Now our signature verse today is from the Book of Nehemiah, in which God’s faithful remnant had returned from Babylonian captivity, to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.

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Listen again…“Nevertheless we made our prayer unto our God, and set a watch against them day and night, because of them (the enemy).” Nehemiah 4:9

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Here we see that the enemy of God’s people was already trying to thwart this effort to fortify God’s City!

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And so, in order to protect themselves, God’s people resorted to prayer and watchfulness.

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Nehemiah reviews plans for rebuilding wall – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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THE BIBLE: A SPIRITUAL BOOK

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Now as with all these Old Testament stories, there is a spiritual meaning, which http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USMC-06831.jpgcan be translated into our personal lives.

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And this true and historical account of rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem, can be easily translated to the life of any and every Christian.

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And because we have a very vigilant foe in Satan, we must maintain the same watchfulness and prayer in our own personal life…

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USMC – Prayer before Bible study – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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THE END OF ALL THINGS AT HAND

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Listen to Peter…“But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.” 1st Peter 4:7

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Here Peter is reminding us that the end of all things is at hand. This is a concept and truth which many Christians do not comprehend. We tend to put the end of all things down to the last few years of earth’s history, not realizing that Satan has been waging war against God’s people throughout the last 2,000 years!

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But Revelation has been playing itself out through all generations, since the day that the Apostle, John, first made the declaration…“Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand.” Revelation 22:10

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John on Patmos – Wikigallery – public domain

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PRAYER & WATCHFULNESS IN “BATTLE-ZONE EARTH”

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And so, getting back to Peter’s warning…“But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer,” it is imperative that God’s people must maintain a watchfulness throughout our day!

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And watching unto prayer is not optional, but is a must! Or one could turn this saying around and say…“Pray unto watchfulness!”

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Either way we say it, the message is the same: watchfulness and prayer is to be the wall of our defense against the enemy of our soul: the Devil.

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Morning Prayers – Ebenezer Newman – Downard – 1860 – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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PRAYER AT ALL TIMES!

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And so, today’s devotional will focus on the various mundane activities of everyday life, to emphasize the importance of staying watchful and prayerful in the little situations which we take for granted.

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Prayer at Day’s End – Angelus by Jean-François Millet – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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PRAYER WHILE SHOPPING

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Such situations as going to the supermarket. Yes, even such a seemingly harmless situation as grocery-shopping can be the very battle-zone in which the Devil attempts to break through our wall of protection and cause us to stumble and fall. After all, there are various junk foods that will break down our health and cause our daily performance of God’s will to deteriorate. Or if we have once been the slave of alcohol or cigarettes, Satan will tempt us to look longingly once again for these slavish habits.

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Or when we are at the checkout counter, the various magazines staring at us have pictures and headlines which exalt sin in some form!

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And so, prayer and watchfulness must be maintain even during trips to the store!

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Old man in magazine stand – Paris – Wikimedia – Creative Commons Attribution 2.0

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PRAYER DURING SOCIAL GATHERINGS

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Or how about when we are with a friend or family member? Yes, even during our everyday social visits, we need to stay in prayer and watchfulness! After all, it is so easy to fall into gossip. Or we might say something offensive or damaging. Yes, normal everyday talk is perhaps the most effective avenue for Satan’s attacks against Christians!

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Gossips in the Altstadt in Sindelfingen, Germany – Sally Kennison – Share-alike License – Wikimedia

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MANY DANGEROUS EVERYDAY SITUATIONS

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Well, these are just a few areas in which the Christian must be vigilant and watchful and prayerful. But if we would only think about the various dangers which may come from being at ease during the battle, then we would think of many more places in which prayer and watchfulness is required.

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This is why the Apostle, Paul, admonishes us to, “Pray without ceasing!” 1st Thessalonians 5:17

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Lunch Break – Wikimedia Commons – Share-alike License

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WATCHFULNESS IS A HAPPY PLACE FOR CHRISTIANS

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And because God’s people are indwelt by God’s Spirit, it can truly be said, “A watchful Christian is a happy Christian!” Yes, God gives us great joy and peace when we are doing it God’s Way! And though the world (and worldly-minded Christians) cannot understand such peace and joy, those who are keeping their minds fixed on Jesus through their day, have the, “peace that surpasses all understanding”! 

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Family Prayer Before Meal – Wikimedia – US-Govt. – Public-Domain

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“Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the Master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: Lest coming suddenly He find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.” Mark 13:35-37

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WLA metmuseum – Bronze statue of Eros sleeping – Wikipedia – Share-alike License

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 TO READ PART 4, GO HERE…July 8 (Watchmen On Zion’s Walls, Part 4: “The Devil’s Delay!”)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Make me a watchman. Help me to be sober and vigilant. Let me not sleep, but be awake and watchful… 

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read…“APRIL 20 ( Wake-up Call, 911)”, or you can also read this article…OCTOBER 5 (How Shall the Moon Be Turned Into Blood? Part 3: Mark of the Beast in the Moon!? 1st Face: The Night Watchman)

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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WINE-CUP IN HER HAND

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The Pleiades: Mystery Babylon: Mother of Harlots

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As you can see, this Mystery Harlot, the Pleiades Constellation, has a cup of red wine in her hand. This actually is a single red star. But it only confirms that we are seeing this constellation correctly.

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And by the way, this entire cluster of stars reminds us http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:ConcordGrapes1.jpgof a cluster of grapes, does it not? Yes, this was the forbidden tree in the garden! This was the forbidden fruit which the serpent (Satan) convinced the woman to drink! And so, this Pleiades harlot-woman is a symbol of Eve, as she convinced her husband to eat of that fruit.

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Concord Grapes – Share-alike License – Wikipedia

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… The Pleiades: The Captive Angel & Mystery Harlot Constellation

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TOMORROW…

NOVEMBER 17 (Come Out of Her, My People! Part 26: Which Spirit Will You Choose?)

 

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END OF THE CHURCH AGE STUDIES ON AUDIO

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THE READER IS INVITED AND ENCOURAGED TO LISTEN TO THE FOLLOWING AUDIO BIBLE STUDY BY THE LATE HAROLD CAMPING OF FAMILY RADIO.

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THIS STUDY IS PART 13, CONCERNING “THE END OF THE CHURCH AGE”

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