The main message of prophetical ‘signals’ #51 received globally earlier this month is of the Lord Jesus keeping His focus on our heavenly Father’s purposes (Footnote refers). Then on Tuesday, 8th September, I learned what Neil Mackereth has been hearing from Him, as revealed in this email:
‘The Lord has been speaking to me about prayer, over the last few days: the difference between watching with Him and watching for Him! (See below)
‘We are blessed to be witnesses to the unfolding of Bible meaning. The Lord has made it clear to me that we should do our utmost to attune our soul, mind and spirit to see what is happening around us with HIS eyes and understanding. (Emphases RB)
‘There is a real danger that those who are not watching with Him will forsake Him and flee, when the going gets tough. The Holy Spirit imparts the power to watch with Jesus and I pray for a renewed infilling for all of us for that purpose.’
WATCH WITH ME
Seeking the Lord’s advice on how to pray, in the turmoil of challenging world events, the Lord drew my attention to Matthew 26 and John 17.
In the Garden of Gethsemane, shortly before His crucifixion, Jesus said to his disciples “Watch with me” (Matthew 26:38), not watch for me. Many Christians today are watching for Jesus – expecting His return at any moment: but they are not watching with Him.
Jesus went aside from the disciples to pray: “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”
When he returned the disciples, were asleep. He said: “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?”. “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” He went away again and prayed: “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.” He prayed in the same vein a third time and then returned to the disciples and said: “Look, the hour has come, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.”
Praying for us (all believers, John 17: 20-23) Jesus said: “I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me”. Jesus finishes His prayer (V 26): “Righteous Father, I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”
So, as Jesus is in us, and we in Him, our prayers to Him should be in similar vein to His prayers to His Father, i.e. aligned to His thoughts and Will. We may pray that the daunting circumstances that we face be removed (the cup be taken away): however, extremely difficult times are prophesied in end times scriptures: we can be certain they will happen. We can pray for revival, a mighty move of the Holy Spirit, and for strength to cope with the challenges ahead. For: opportunities to evangelise; wisdom; protection from deception; and, most of all, for God’s Will to be done.
Jesus warns us against falling into temptation. Soon it is going to be much easier to comply with the ways of this world, than to stand firm for truth and Kingdom values.
The good news is that Jesus’ return is imminent: the hour is close, and this time the Son of Man will not be betrayed. He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Lastly, prayer is immensely powerful, effective and enlightening: it has intercessory and spiritual significance that is beyond our understanding. Like electricity, we don’t need to know how it works to benefit from its many uses, and it gives us light! All the power and authority of the Kingdom of Heaven is available to us when we pray, as Jesus did, in line with the Will of God.
[Puzzle Globe and Book by Thanunkorn, courtesy Fredigitalphotos.net]
RB Footnote: My recent blog summarising how the current series of ‘GPS’ fell into place like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle was not deliberately contrived. That is, I didn’t try making them fit the ‘Teamwork’ illustration because I’d already drafted events in a paragraph format. However, I realised it would be more easily read and grasped as bullet points, and only as I wrote did I notice how their number matches that of the picture’s jigsaw pieces.
Neil’s location of Winchester, Hampshire, confirms his contribution as part of this series of GPS because one ‘signal’ was received in Winchester in Virginia, USA. I’d wanted to comment about it coming from the New World’s city named after King Alfred’s ancient capital of Wessex. Also, the inclusion of both Winchesters confirms my sensing, whilst writing, the spiritual alignment of a ‘Bridge o’r the Pond’ and as relating to my blog on the Mayflower’s voyage 400 years ago and trajectory of 1999’s solar eclipse.