Monday, March 29th, 2010
"I request you . . . to watch over them because of the wicked one." (John 17:15)
When Jesus gave his disciples the assignment to preach the good news worldwide, he knew that he was sending them into a hazardous environment, one dominated by Satan and the spirit of the world. (Matthew 10:16; 1 John 5:19) So concerned was Jesus about his disciples that on the night before he died, he prayed to his Father saying the words above. Jesus warned his followers about the danger of what could amount to a death-dealing spiritual sleep. He urged his disciples: “Keep awake . . . that you may succeed in escaping all these things that are destined to occur, and in standing before the Son of man.” (Luke 21:34-36) Happily, though, Jesus also promised that his Father would provide holy spirit to refresh their memories and to help them stay awake and be strong.—John 14:26.
(Watchtower issue: 9/15/08, 4:2, 3)