Tuesday, April 23, 2013

"WATCH" and Pray!!

In our day, the term "watch" has lost much of its original power. Is there anything more passive than watching television? We live in a spectator nation. We watch movies, news, the markets, and sporting events. Watching has become an activity that puts us on the sidelines and not on the field of battle, an idea foreign to the original meaning of the word. At the time of the King James translators, "watch" emphasized the carefulness, attention, and vigilance in the way a soldier kept alert for any sign of enemy movement.

Many Bible verses raise the flag of being watchful, along with prayer. God reminds us to always be watching  and discerning. These are the last days before Christ's return and we are to look for the signs and be cautious.

 Romans 16:17
I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them.

1 Thessalonians 5: 2-11 

For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.

When they are saying, Peace and safety, then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall in no wise escape.
But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief:
for ye are all sons of light, and sons of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness;
so then let us not sleep, as do the rest, but let us watch and be sober.
For they that sleep sleep in the night: and they that are drunken are drunken in the night.
But let us, since we are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for a helmet, the hope of salvation.
For God appointed us not into wrath, but unto the obtaining of salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,
10 who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.
11 Wherefore exhort one another, and build each other up, even as also ye do.

Mark 13:32, 33, 35

32 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Be on guard! Be alert
35 “Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back—whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. 36 If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. 37 What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!’


Luke 21:25-36

25 “There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. 26 People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. 27 At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
29 He told them this parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees. 30 When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near. 31 Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near.
32 “Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
34 Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap. 35 For it will come on all those who live on the face of the whole earth. 36 Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.”
 Watch What?
To "watch" in Luke 21:36 is all about being spiritually awake...not physically. Human nature is lazy and takes the easy road at every opportunity. It will rely on human reasoning, the word of others, or tradition rather than do the hard work of studying the Bible and believing what it actually says. Just because it is easy and comfortable, having been saying it for decades, does not justify clinging to an old notion unless we have a solid foundation in the Bible for that belief.  I Thessalonians 5:21 instructs us to "test [prove, KJV] all things," which would include our old notions, and then "hold fast" to the good ones—the ones that pass the test. We have to test our beliefs continually and rigorously against the only standard that counts—the Bible (Acts 5:29).

Luke 21:36 suggests that those who alertly overcome and pray always are those that may be counted worthy to escape and stand before Christ in God's Kingdom. In verse 36, Christ ties together all He has said throughout the chapter. If we do not neglect the spiritual (verses 34-35), and instead watch and pray always, we can "escape all these things" (verses 7-33) and enter God's Kingdom.  

We are certainly living in times very like those of the days of Noah, so the return of Christ could come anytime soon.

Christ reveals that the roles of watching—or paying careful attention to overcoming—and praying always are vital to our Christian lives, especially at this time.

We are also called to be thankful, as we watch and pray.
 Colossians 4:2
"Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful."
Why is thankfulness included, along with being watchful?  
All might, power, and life come from God; His creatures are continually dependent upon him for all these: to earnest, persevering prayer, He has promised every supply. As every situation in life has its peculiar duties, trials, so to every situation there is peculiar grace appointed. "Be always grateful to God, who has called you into such a state of salvation, and affords you such abundant means and opportunities to glorify Him. Let thanks for mercies given ascend as you ask for new mercies."
Sharing today all the blessings Christ has shown me and rejoicing in Him alone!!!   at  "Multitude on Mondays".
1,313 - God's protection upon me and my family.
1,314 - In the daily grind, knowing that He still watches over me.
1,315 - In the aftermath of a sad week (Boston bombings), knowing that we do have hope ~ a day when there will be no more pain, tears, and suffering.
1,316 - Even though my memory fails me so many times, having the grace and forgiveness from other believers and from the Lord!
1,317 - So thankful for worship music! Thankful for Third Day!
 "Your Love Oh Lord (Psalm 36)"

1,318 - Getting a text/picture from my friend, who is visiting her daughter in California.
1,319 - New spring outfits. One I got to wear today, because it got up to 65 degrees out!
1,320 -  Another amazing song by Third Day.
"Your Love is Like a River."

1,321 - My hubby getting 1/2 a day off work. Getting to spend a few extra hours with him.


  1. Watching is a verb. But it has become a very passive pastime. Great points! A lot of food for thought. A lot of verses to chew on.

    Christy @ A Heartening Life

    1. So true, Christy! I've been doing a lot of thinking and chewing, lately! ;p

  2. Love this! I wrote on this same word a while back. Here is the link: http://3dlessons4life.wordpress.com/2011/11/20/on-watch/

    1. Wow! Stopped over at your post and love what you wrote too! Love that yours covered being the watchful wife/mother from Proverbs 31. Thanks for sharing!

  3. We must always be watchful in prayer! Thank you for sharing.

  4. Great point! We need to be actively watchful rather than passively. When we watch for God and for what He is saying and showing us, our paths will be straight!


  5. Good word! I found my way here doing some searching to see what would bring my blog up. The url is watchingandpraying,com :) There is nothing more important that we can be doing in these last days!!

    I reposted a great message about watching and praying by Michael Boldea, Dmitru Duduman's grandson. Not sure if you're hear of either of them, but it is well worth reading! God bless you :)

    - http://watchingandpraying.com/2013/10/20/are-you-watching-and-praying/


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