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2. 每天為別人守望：「要在此警醒不倦，為眾聖徒祈求。」（弗六 18）我們傾向多為自己的需要禱告，因此聖經提醒我們，要「警醒不倦」，為別人守望禱告。禱告的生命並不單在禱告那一刻實現，而是在整天的經歷、感受、觀察內，警覺到別人的需要，儲存在心，以至可以熱誠地為別人禱告。
3. 每天為教會守望：我們不單為個別需要代求，也為教會整體留心守望禱告。在戰爭中的守望者，站在有利的位置，警覺地留心敵情，在重要時刻提醒軍隊備戰。屬靈的守望者，常在聖靈的引導裏禱告，辨察教會內特別需要別人代禱的群體、個體，在禱告上為他們爭戰，也呼籲別人為那些需要適時地代求，勝過惡者的攻擊。當以色列人犯罪得罪神之時，因為摩西站在「破口」，為以色列人懇切代求，神的憤怒便轉消，沒有滅絕他們（詩一○六 23）。求神也在我們當中興起專心為教會守望禱告的人，以禱告事奉主。
Watching in Prayer
Rev. Gordon Siu
For a Christian, prayerlessness says to God that he can face any situation on his own without relying on God. On the other hand, his unceasing prayer would express his need for God every hour. A Christian with clear eyes sees the temptations lurking around and realizes the hazards of evil forces. He therefore watches over his own, and others’ souls in prayer. A Christian whose eyes are obscured step towards death traps without knowing it. It is only when he closes his eyes and focuses on seeking and praying to God that his spiritual eyes once again become clear.
1. Watch over yourself every day: The founder of the Christian and Missionary Alliance, A. B. Simpson, used to say that Christians should habitually and naturally bring to God everything that is to be handled on that day, telling God about all the day’s business, duties and obligations and letting God guide and keep him on every matter. It has been said that this is an irresponsible and individual habit that irritates God. But the Bible clearly tells us: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Philippians 4:6). Perhaps, there is no need to tell God everything and “every situation”. But for our every worry, for every matter big or small on which we long for God’s blessings, pray about it and God will definitely show His grace. Moreover, we should first pray for the temptations we may meet that day so we will be spiritually “equipped” and will not fall.
2. Watch over others every day: “Be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people” (Ephesians 6:18). We tend to pray more for our own needs. Therefore, the Bible reminds us to “be alert” and watch and pray for others. Our prayer life is not restricted to the moments we pray. But in the whole day’s experience, feelings and observations, we will become aware of others’ needs which we keep in mind so we can fervently pray for them.
3. Watch over the church every day: We do not only pray for individual needs, but also carefully watch and pray for the church as a whole. In war, a person who keeps watch takes up a strategic location to vigilantly observe enemy lines and send timely alerts to his side to prepare for war. A spiritual watcher always prays under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. He identifies individuals and groups in the church which particularly need intercessory prayer and joins them in the war by prayer. He also calls on others to pray for those with acute needs for prayer to win over the evil one. When the Israelites sinned and offended God, God’s wrath was kept in check and did not destroy them because Moses stood in the breach to earnestly pray for them (Psalm 106:23). May God also raise up among us brothers and sisters who are dedicated to watching and praying for the church. They will serve the Lord in prayer.