「在艱難的日子裏奮勇爭戰」靈修系列
賴若瀚牧師
12月30日〔星期三〕
裏外警醒
然而,我們禱告我們的神,又因他們的緣故,就派人看守,晝夜防備。(尼四9)
尼希米在遇見困難的時候,他禱告的反應系統特別敏銳。不少信徒在遇見困難的時候,甚麼事情都做,甚麼人物都找,甚麼方法都試,就是沒有到神面前獻上禱告。
尼希米在上一次遇見困難的時候(參四4),讓我們看見他是一位禱告的領袖;而在今次,他與百姓一同禱告:「我們禱告我們的神」。可見領袖個人的禱告生活,也能感染別人與他一同禱告。
當我們面對屬靈爭戰的時候,須要裏外警醒,意思就是「禱告」之餘,也要「晝夜防備」: 一方面防備肉身的敵人,另一方面也要提防靈裏的防線會被敵人攻破。司布真曾用尼希米記四章9節講過一篇道,題目是「兩個守衛──祈禱與防備」(The Two Guards, Praying and Watching)。他說:「只有兩個守衛其中的一個並不足夠。我們不能單靠祈禱而得勝。祈禱若沒有實際的防備,自以為是信靠神,卻將自己陷進危險裏。同樣地,祈禱若沒有實際的防備,那是『假冒為善』──一方面祈求不要犯罪,卻隨意陷進試探中。」
讓我們從尼希米和神的百姓身上,學會既警醒禱告親近神,也穿戴神所賜的軍裝,防備魔鬼的侵擾。
禱告:求祢不要丟棄我
主啊,祢知道我今天將會是何等忙碌,
若是我忘記了祢,
求祢不要丟棄我。
──阿士利(Jacob Asley,寫於埃吉山戰役),引自Elizabeth Goudge, A Diary of Prayer
Do not Forget Me
O Lord, thou knowest how busy I must be this day.
If I forget thee,
Do not forget me.
-Jacob Asley before the Battle of Edgehill,
cited by Elizabeth Goudge, A Diary of Prayer
′′ Fighting in the Tough Days ′′ Spirituality Series
Reverend Lai Rosen.
30 December [Wednesday]
Wake up inside and out
Yet we prayed to our God, and for their sake we sent watchmen to be guarded day and day. (9)
Nehemiah was particularly keen to respond to his prayers in times of difficulty. Many believers do everything in times of difficulty, look for every person, try every way, but do not come to God to offer prayer.
Nehemiah showed us that he was a leader in prayer at the last time of difficulty, and this time he prayed with the people, ′′ We pray to our God “. It can be seen that the leader’s personal prayer life can also infect others to pray with him.
When we face spiritual warfare, we need to be alert within and outside, which means ′′ prayer and ′′ be prepared day and night on the one hand, be careful of the enemy of the flesh, and on the other hand, the line of defense in the spirit will be broken by the enemy. Zebuzen once spoke in the 9th chapter of Nehemiah, entitled ′′ The Two Guards, Praying and Watching He said: ′′ One of the two guards is not enough. We cannot win by prayer alone. Prayer, without practical defence, self-righteous faith in God, puts himself in danger. Similarly, if there is no practical defence, it is ′′ counterfeit for good ′′ ── on the one hand, praying not to sin, but at the same time, it is free to fall into tem
Let us learn from Nehemiah and the people of God, both awake and pray near to God, and put on the uniforms of God, to be guarded against the devil.
Prayer: I beg your forgiveness not forsake me
Lord, He knows how busy I will be today,
If I forget,
I beg you not to abandon me.
── Jacob Asley (Battle of Mount Eggie), quoted by Elizabeth Goudge, A Diary of Prayer
Do not Forget Me
O Lord, thou knowest how busy I must be this day.
If I forget thee,
Do not forget me.
-Jacob Asley before the Battle of Edgehill,
cited by Elizabeth Goudge, A Diary of Prayer