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Stay Awake!

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January 18, 2022 7:00 pm

Stay Awake!

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January 18, 2022 7:00 pm

A German bank employee was in the middle of transferring 62.40 euros from a customer’s bank account when he accidentally took a power nap at his desk. He dozed off while his finger was on the “2” key, resulting in a 222 million euro (300 million dollars) transfer into the customer’s account. The fallout from the mistake included the firing of the employee’s colleague who verified the transfer. Although the mistake was caught and corrected, because he wasn’t watchful, the sleepy employee’s lapse almost became a nightmare for the bank.

Jesus warned His disciples that if they didn’t remain alert, they, too, would make a costly mistake. He took them to a place called Gethsemane to spend some time in prayer. As He prayed, Jesus experienced a grief and sadness such as He’d never known in His earthly life. He asked Peter, James and John to stay awake to pray and “keep watch” with Him (Matthew 26:38), but they fell asleep (vv. 40–41). Their failure to watch and pray would leave them defenseless when the real temptation of denying Him came calling. In the hour of Jesus’ greatest need, the disciples lacked spiritual vigilance.

May we heed Jesus’ words to remain spiritually awake by being more devoted to spending time with Him in prayer. As we do, He’ll strengthen us to resist all kinds of temptations and avoid the costly mistake of denying Jesus.

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Hi there, thanks for joining us for today's reading from the Our Daily Bread devotional.

It was written by Marvin Williams and he's titled it. Stay awake. A German bank employee was in the middle of transferring 62.40 from a customer's bank account when he accidentally took a power nap at his desk. He dozed off while his finger was on the two key resulting in a 222 million, $300 million transfer into the customer's account. The fallout from the mistake included the firing of the employees colleague who verified the transfer. Although the mistake was caught and corrected because he hadn't been watchful.

The sleepy employees lapse almost became a nightmare for the bank. Jesus warned his disciples that if they didn't remain alert. They too would make a costly mistake.

He took them to a place called Gethsemane to spend some time in prayer as he prayed, Jesus experienced a grief and sadness, such as he'd never known in his earthly life he asked Peter, James and John to stay awake to pray and keep watch with him. They fell asleep. Their failure to watch and pray would leave them defenseless when the real temptation of denying him came calling in the hour of Christ's greatest need. The disciples lacked spiritual vigilance, may we.

He, Jesus words to remain spiritually awake by being more devoted to spending time with him in prayer as we do, he'll strengthen us to resist all kinds of temptations and avoid the costly mistake of denying Jesus today's Our Daily Bread devotional Scripture reading is a sober passage from Matthew chapter 26 verses 36 through 46.

Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane and he said to them sit here while I go over there and pray he took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled that he said to them, my soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed my father if it is possible made this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will but as you will. Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping couldn't you men keep watch with me for one hour. He asked Peter watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. He went away a second time 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 when he came back he again found them sleeping because their eyes were heavy so he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing that he returned to the disciples and said to them, are you still sleeping and resting look the hour has come and the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners fries let us go. Here comes my betrayer ballots go to that same Jesus in prayer dear Jesus, we know that to have healthy relationships. It requires open and honest communication and that same truth holds true for you and to be honest in the busyness of our lives, we often forget to pray and commune with you and when we do we stop depending on you so Lord today. Would you help us to remain spiritually awake and depend on you and every moment. Thank you Lord it's in Jesus name that we pray. Amen thank you so much for listening.

My name is Wes Ward and today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread ministries


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