34 “Be on guard, so that your hearts will not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that day will not come on you suddenly like a trap;
35 for it will come upon all those who dwell on the face of all the earth. 36 But keep on the alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

The military know how to keep things well guarded. 

Military protection is next to impossible to infiltrate. The security measures of our armed forces are top-notch, using the best people and the best equipment our country has to offer. They put up physical barriers, install electronic warning and alarm systems, have surveillance for any possible threat, and are trained to keep watch 24/7. They work through drills to keep them alert and make every preparation necessary to combat the enemy. Those in the military are daily prepared for an attack. 

As the military is constantly prepared for physical battle, so must we be prepared spiritually.

Do you know how to guard your heart against the enemy? Is this something you consider regularly? 

It starts with prayer. 

We don’t pray to avoid problems, but to have the strength and perseverance to endure them. We pray to resist moral laxity. The Holy Spirit gives us vigor to stand without compromise. Our outlook should be that of alertness and readiness for the return of Christ. We must fight the fleshly urges and the hassles of life that keep us bogged down. 

Like the military, we must take necessary precautions and strive to do so with excellence. 

• Do you pray like Christ could return at any moment? How are you preparing yourself for Christ’s return on a daily basis?
• Are you weighed down by the worries of this life? If so, how do these verses speak to you?
• Write out a prayer to God. Make a list of your concerns. Ask Him to help you handles your worries in a way that is pleasing to Him.