Day 24
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Watch & Pray

Scripture

And they went to a place called Gethsemane. And he said to his disciples, "Sit here while I pray." And he took with him Peter and James and John, and began to be greatly distressed and troubled. And he said to them, "My soul is very sorrowful, even to death. Remain here and watch." And going a little farther, he fell on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. And he said, "Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will." And he came and found them sleeping, and he said to Peter, "Simon, are you asleep? Could you not watch one hour? Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak."—Mark 14:32-38

Devotional

These are the last moments of Jesus' earthly freedom before being handed over to the governing officials. It was the beginning of the end of the human mission of Jesus. They had just finished eating the supper, and now the weight of the world lay on Jesus' shoulders.

A cloud of final temptations overshadowed this moment. The betrayal of Judas was approaching as he was now missing from the group. Peter is headed into a foretold denial. An angry mob would soon approach to hunt him down. Disciples would soon scatter upon his arrest. And Jesus bore the weight of knowing all these burdens, including the anticipated physical suffering.

The only place to go would be to God in prayer—which is what Jesus does. He spends the next moments agonizing in prayer. He also gave Peter clear instructions on how to meet with the next moments by emploring him to intercessory prayer, and then Jesus modeled it for him. Yet Jesus soon returns to find them sleeping.

Fellas we need brothers we can count on in life. Those who can correct us and call us on the carpet in moments we need it. Men who can see ahead of us and the approaching temptations that will befall us. And often, these men are there; we don't willingly listen to them or seek accountability and wisdom from them.

If you want to turn a corner in your life, then invite men to speak truth to you. The truth you may need to hear that you may not want to hear. Invite it. Ask for it. Seek it out. Don't wait too long or temptation may befall you.

This week we are focusing on the discipline of accountability.

Your Call To Act (C.T.A.) today is:

  • Pray: for 5-minutes, that you will have the courage to invite accountability into your life.
  • Invite: a man to hold you accountable in regard to sin, discipline, or a challenge you are facing.
  • Tell: us below what you are seeking accountability for.

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120 thoughts on “Watch & Pray

  1. Ben says:

    So grateful that I do have an accountability partner Ryan who is an incredible man of God today I will ask 2 more men to join me on this journey!

  2. William Adams says:

    Mentor or Men torn . Torn away from Christ’s church body. Think about a torn nail or hang nail, the pain the body suffers. We must be All In.

  3. Jay Wegiel says:

    During the last 35day challenge I reached out for accountability in my physical discipline in loosing 30lbs and cardio excercises at least 3 times a week. Still waiting for someone to call me on it. I suppose I’ll have to get more serious and personal with someone about it.

    • Stephen says:

      Morning Jay! As of this morning I am down 20 pounds in 8 weeks. My goal is 70. I am so intent in this lifestyle change… of course eating habits, but I am walking at least 4 miles a day. I am here for any support you might need. Nutrition or otherwise. This change also includes my personal challenge…186 days AF today. I am winning this battle forever!

  4. Nick Hall says:

    I’m not really the type of person that puts myself out there. So I need someone to hold my feet to the fire in social situations.

  5. Tommy says:

    Prayer for my addictions. I’ma weekend drinker and porn rears its ugly head once every 3-4 months It only makes me realize how very weak I am

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    • Walter says:

      As I read through some of the comments below before I typed mine, I found that I am not alone in my struggles. Which is somewhat of a comfort. I have never found an accountability man and I so need to. I struggle with the day to day life as most of us do. I just prayed that I trust God, and know he has a purpose/ plan. It’s not knowing that is the greatest concern. Sounds like I still have a difficult time trusting.

  6. Seth says:

    I need accountability do you remember that I am more capable things and what I think, with God you will have no fear you’ll be at peace, and to help myself remember to always trust God‘s plan.

  7. Adam says:

    I have a few accountability partners but maybe we aren’t being the best for each other. I will be working on being better at my role which will maybe help them with theirs.

      • Justin says:

        Isaiah,

        I too struggle with addiction and mine may be tied to mental illness (Manic episodes). I know God will heal me one day either in this life or the next. I pray he gives us both strength and determination to overcome these addictions just as Jesus overcame this world.

  8. Zach says:

    I am so thankful for the brothers in my life that have come around me. I blessed to have 4 men that I can really go to when I am tempted and struggling with things. The main struggle I have right now is trying to maintain a selfless heart with my wife. With her in particular it is hard not to be resentful and point out all her faults. It is so hard thinking past myself and my own needs. Thank you to all my Christian brothers that are along side me in the challenge/journey!

  9. John says:

    I pray the holy spirit would lead me to someone I feel comfortable enough with and trust enough to share details with – and that I would be that man for someone else.

    • Brian Winckler says:

      I am so loved by God that he has put men in my life to hold me accountable.
      1st on my journey of recovery from drugs and alcohol. And now for my journey into scripture.
      My church has a very strong men’s “Wild at Heart” brotherhood.

  10. Tom says:

    I need to be accountable for serving and doing a better job in sharing my faith with other men. I find myself sometimes lacking the faith in doing so and opening up whenI need to.

  11. Art says:

    I have two brothers that I can and will share and they with me on our weaknesses and shortcomings – thank Jesus

    • David C says:

      Have invited several brothers for questioning me about my accountability in good stewardship, for wise decisions and calling me out for any prideful or earthly/lustful thinking or actions….
      We have prayed together, almost daily and have held each other accountable in these and many things – it’s every man’s battle…

  12. Troy Theye says:

    The accountability for me lately and the best advice of brother hood support ………………….is strictly just Faith!!!
    And Trusting in the Lord. I changed my attitude months ago and with Gods influence, things are more clear , if you can avoid the AVENUE where the old flesh resides or becomes present again. That is HUGE in my Life.

  13. Rafael Dixon says:

    I’m seeking accountability in the discipline of fitness. I need it for sure. Thank you Father.

  14. Pete says:

    Holding me accountable to continue my journey wth Christ. Especially during tough times when it’s easy to stray.

  15. TIM Ruppe says:

    I need to be accountable to live a life that leads others to Christ.. And I would like to think that if I get out of line that one of my Christians brothers would call me out on it..

  16. Lucas says:

    I pray that I will be more accountable with my Men’s group. I’m glad to have them in my life. Keeps me on top of putting god first in my life.

  17. Eric Jensen says:

    I need accountabilty to limit my tv viewing hours during this Pandemic. I’ve done well at increasing my time in the word and prayer, but still need to focus on fitness and some projects around the house instead of being tired and vegging in front of the tv.

  18. Rich says:

    My weight has become an issue for me. I have made a goal of losing 50 lbs this year and shared that along with other goals with a small group of guys to hold me accountable. My sin is gluttony.

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  19. Michael says:

    I need accountability to pray at least with one of my girls nightly; either my wife or one of my daughters

  20. Bryce says:

    I need accountability to continue my journey for spiritual and physical transformation, staying focused and resolute on the important things in life.

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  21. Joe Middleton says:

    I am so grateful for the men that I have in my life that have spoken into my life to this point. I look forward to the new men that God will bring into my life that I may speak into their lives and they do the same for me. Thank You Jesus.

  22. Sheldon says:

    Am praying not to become discourage when other are not moving at the pace we would like to see them, or if we feel like others are trying to limit you from reaching your full potential.

  23. Jim Butterfield says:

    I am seeking accountability with my walk with the Lord. I do have one friend that does it in occasion.

  24. Caleb says:

    I need to hold myself accountable for my family’s safety during this pandemic. I struggle to put them first at times and want to fall into my selfish desire for socialization.

  25. Dave Benson says:

    In our Zoom men’s Bible study this morning one of the guys encouraged us to be F.A.T. (faithful, available, teachable) so I’m seeking accountability for my pride that to easily builds a wall and prevents me from being teachable! God knows my heart and the pride within it so I can quit fighting it and simply follow Him!

  26. David Steinquist says:

    Isolation seems to be my preferred go to place when things are tough and i need to deal with an issue. Not good, I know, but that is my default setting. I remember a conversation with my father in my early 20’s, shortly before he died and we were discussing a commitment a friend made to me for some help with a big project. Dad told me not to count on anyone but myself, because people let you down, and I should learn to handle everything on my own. That sticks with me to this day, almost 40 years later. I realize that need confidants and helpers in life but I have a very hard time asking for help. Pride, obviously. I pray against pride today.

  27. Bob says:

    Good morning, I am praying Jesus that you will bring strong Godly men into my life to help guide me and make me accountable to God.
    My biggest concern now is as I have said is being alone, bring or let me meet the person to be a companion life partner
    In Jesus name amen.

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  28. Ching says:

    Day 24, I am missing Palm Sunday church service in person. Seeing Pastor Jeff on my computer is just not the same.
    I am accountable to those men who are grownup spiritually. Some still acting like a child, need to constantly reminded to so this and that, sorry I am not the nagging kind of person.

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  29. Darin Palmer says:

    I am grate for two friends whom I know will be my accountability partners. I have also reached to an elder in our church that I want to get know. He has so much life experience and a man of God which I think would be a great guy to have as a mentor.

  30. guy says:

    To let Gods light shine through me and to be an example to my kids and grandchildren. They would see Gods peace through me and they would want to learn more.

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  31. Ricky D Brittain says:

    I need to be held accountable for my faith. Everyone is isolating with the virus, isolating is not good for me. So I still need to talk with my accountability brother to ensure I’m staying on track with my worship as well as my thoughts.
    Thank God for the brothers he has put in my life, especially you Rafael.

  32. Gary says:

    I have been in accountability groups since 2007. For me, there are ups and downs involved in staying accountable with another man. I struggle with masterbation , lust and porn. All sin separates us from God. Being accountable reminds me that I am loved!

  33. Lewis Thompson says:

    I’m seeking accountability in my life to be the husband, provider, father, grandfather that the Lord has given me the responsibility to protect and take care of. Hold me accountable brother.

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  34. Duc says:

    I need to have a courage to reach out to and trust that my accountability partners will speak truth when I fell short on defeating temptation e.g. eyes wandering on the internet, need to hold my tongue rather than quickly jumping to be judgmental or angry with my wife and kids, be a man of faith in all circumstances.

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  35. Dale Nerison says:

    I have had to develop different/modified routines due to virus-stay-at-home. I need to pray and study God’s word daily.
    I’m not bad about prayer and devotions, but need to read the Bible more. Men, cam you hold me accountable?

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  36. Jeff Brown says:

    I need to be more like the walleye that is picky and slow to the bait and less like the bass that hits anything that shines. I need brothers that I can talk with and discuss things that help me engage the Holy Spirit so I take gods bait and am hooked on God. Too many times I am like the bass and go down paths that I then don’t follow through because I just shouldn’t have gone there. Bless the lord for getting me off those hooks of satan. Lord give me discernment.

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    • Bryan says:

      Sunday! Sunday! Sunday! Walleye Jeff vs. Bass Jeff in a pay-per-view event for his eternal soul. I’m betting on the walleye!

  37. UJ says:

    I need accountability for how I speak with my family behind closed doors. How to hand each situation to Jesus.

  38. Boyd says:

    I’m going to pray more about accountability. As with most men, I struggle with a few things in my walk, but not overly. Maybe my biggest issue is drawing close to God, carving out time away from family, for that closer walk with God.

  39. Coach says:

    Lord help me to first seek understanding before questioning….and Lord please give the people around me the courage, knowledge, and understanding to guide me in times that I step outside these understandings.

  40. Rich Gorecki says:

    I have a group of God Buddies who hold me accountable. We all need GBs who speak truth into us when they see our sins but also have permission to ask us about those sins we do not see outwardly. I am thankful for the many God Buddies I have in my life.

  41. Rich Gorecki says:

    My God Buddies hold me accountable and speak truth into me when they see my sins but also have permission to ask me about those sins they do not see outwardly. I am thankful for the many God Buddies I have in my life.

  42. Seare says:

    I pray to God for a trust worthy man into my life, to keep me accountability for the fleshly desires that I been struggling with.
    I desperately want to enjoy freedom in Christ that We are called to.

  43. Jesse says:

    I need accountability to stay strong in my recovery process for future success. Involvement with my great strong support group is essential to an successful & honest well-being today. I am greatful for the diminished fear and positive progression for whom which I have the Lord to thank.

  44. Jason says:

    Who is willing to stand with me? Who is willing to love me no matter what? Who is wanting and desiring a close bonded Christ centered relationship with me?

  45. Ian Bonthron says:

    I have an accountability friend a bed it’s really a great thing. We both hold each other accountable in our lives.

  46. Gerald Waddle says:

    I’m an alcoholic/addict so sometimes it’s hard for me to relate to others without the same mindset. But as I pray, think and read these responses I’m left with a feeling of gratitude. I have several people with whom I can confide, the problem lies within me though. I sometimes struggle to reach out. But today’s devo gives me hope and encourages me to do just that. Thank you Jesus!

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  47. Dan says:

    GOD Buddies… true authentic friendship for us males of the species. Before you have one, you wonder why you would want one.
    Once you have one you have to think, how your life would be without them!

  48. JR says:

    I have sought acct thru Covenant Eyes with a few brothers from church. What a blessing. I want to seek acct to not go into despair when trouble comes my way. To have control over my mind.

  49. Matt R says:

    No one wakes up one morning and decides that they will destroy their faith, their family, and their friendships that day. It happens more subtly than that… one step away from God at a time. In my past, I know this all too well. I remember one day realizing how far away from God I had walked. I thought to myself, “I never would have chosen this situation in my life” had I asked myself that question at the beginning of my journey. But I justified my first step away from God in my mind, then another, then another… then one day I was far away from God.

    So, here’s what I am seeking accountability for: I need men in my life who will call me out anytime I make a step away from God… to pull me back into the family when needed. And I will do the same.

  50. Jason says:

    Lord God thank you for Kevin growing up and mentoring me. Help me to mentor others and be accountable to an elder Hank.

  51. Dave says:

    Brothers, please hold me accountable for my sins of Lust and Greed. Please help me understand the errors of my life. I pray that I have the courage to one day overcome these demons

  52. Charles Culver says:

    Admitting your sins is a tough one but its the right thing to do. I’m committed to sharing the truth with close male buddies who can and will keep me accountable.

  53. Alan Hendrickson says:

    Accountability in continuing in God grace the work set before me to lift up and disciple other men.

  54. Kenneth McClatchey says:

    I have always had a that restraint within me to seek help. I’m quick to offer my help but reluctant to admit I need help. It is pride and self reliance which is the opposite of community. I clearly know my need for community but find myself holding back more than moving in. So guys, I welcome all the help and effort you are already displaying. I am purposing in my heart to grow with you all. Thanks guys.

  55. David Luevano says:

    I am accountable for all the sins I commit. The only way to beat any temptation is to get into the word immediately or go to prayer. Me as a human is not strong enough to fight fleshly temptation with out going to Jesus Christ and asking for strength and the wisdom to make the correct decision. Praise the Lord.

  56. Jon Brady says:

    Actually I have been wanting to sleep too much. I need accountability to be motivated to exercise and get back in shape. I also at times struggle with porn especially when my wife is being distant. I need to challenge myself and make myself accountable to one of my Brother’s in Christ.

  57. Bryan says:

    Tame my tongue. I need some accountability to help me from cutting others with words. Call me out so I can improve.

  58. KF says:

    God you already know what man can hold me accountable and/or put my feet to the fire. Allow me to receive the constructive feedback and be eager to listen and slow to speak.

  59. John says:

    I too am a sinner as I see my faults similar to others. On a Ravi Zacharis video today he talked about being authentic, our inner self aligned to our outer self as Jesus knows both conditions. Lord help me to be all fully yours. While I have an accountability group, how do I fully resolve myself when I don’t always recognize my different selfs. Only through Jesus, my Redeemer can this be possible, hear me oh Lord.

  60. Anthony Meschke says:

    Need help with avoiding or peacefully resolving arguments with wife, enjoying the moment with kids, not needing alcohol to have a good time.

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  61. Kevin says:

    I am not only asking for prayer for my sins but also the sins of this county and world. We are in a bad spot right now and I feel that we need prayer more than ever.

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  62. Stephen Donmoyer says:

    I need my brothers to hold me to the standards that I’m expected to be as a father, spouse, brother, and friend. This isolation places me in dark places at times in which my temperament escapes me.

  63. Bryon says:

    As we are isolated I feel like I need to be in the word way more, but still struggle with just sitting still and doing it.

  64. Ross says:

    I need to ask a brother to speak truth into my life regarding what he sees in my walk that I cannot see, that is holding me back from a deeper life in Christ. My group of brothers has kind of splintered so one or two of these relationships need to be nurtured so I can make my request. I need to initiate this.

  65. Dan says:

    For my daily actions and words, that they may demonstrate and speak Gods word and avoid the temptations of sin.

  66. Doug says:

    Thankful that I have two men who are willing and able to hold me accountable. Lord, give me the courage to be open and honest with them.

  67. Bob M says:

    I have been blessed with a man that has held me accountable for my sins of the past. It has been a blessed year.

  68. Eddie says:

    I need accountability for keeping my anger in check when my kids are wearing on my patience, and I am not relying on God’s patience that He freely gives through the Holy Spirit. I need to lean on His patience because mine is getting smaller every day, but His is perfect because He is perfect.

  69. LAVON C LAMBERTY says:

    It is hurtful to be made aware of our own faults but, it is also painful for someone else to admonish another. But so neccessary for redemption and restoration of healing relationships.

  70. Steve Brown says:

    I’ve been able to weather life’s storms and sort through its problem with my accountability partner

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