• “My soul remained in a kind of heavenly elysium. So far as I am capable of making a comparison, I think that what I felt each minute, during the continuance of the whole time, was worth more than all the outward comfort and pleasure, which I had enjoyed in my whole life put together. It was a pure delight, which fed and satisfied the soul. It was peasure, without the least sting, or any interruption. It was a sweetness, which my soul was lost in. It seemed to be all that my feeble frame could sustain, of that fulness of joy, which is felt by those, who behold the face of Christ, and share his love in the heavenly world.” – Sarah Edwards, wife of Jonathan Edwards

Watch and Pray by Nancy Leigh DeMoss 03/15/12

Nancy Leigh DeMoss: I’ve found that one of the biggest threats to a consistent time in prayer and Scripture is just plain tiredness.

“I used to work ten and twelve hour days. I would make a really good attempt at trying to read the Bible, but by the time I got home and I was relaxed and really had my mind focused enough to read it, I was so tired I would just have to pass out and fall asleep.”

Nancy: I’ve found that the more tired I am, the more susceptible I become to temptation. I need God’s presence all the more. So here are some practical ways to stay awake.

  • First, get out of bed.
  • Then consider praying while standing or walking.
  • Sing to God.
  • Have your quiet time outside.
  • But the most important strategy, of course, is to ask God for help.

When we express our weakness and need, He pours out grace and gives us energy.

The next time you begin your quiet time, ask God to help you watch and pray.

With Seeking Him, I’m Nancy Leigh DeMoss.

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  • “Really, then, our problem is not weakness, but independence! And in covenant, you die to independent living.” – Kay Arthur

Verse of the Day

The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul. The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in From this time forth, and even forevermore. — Psalm 121:7-8 (NKJV)

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