Monday, March 23, 2015

Re-post: "WATCH" and Pray!

This week, I am sharing a post I wrote almost 2 years ago. Due to the fact that it has been another draining week/weekend, I felt drawn to read some older posts. This one, in particular, drew me in. It seems like so much in my life recently has been put on hold and God has been revealing to me that I need to just step back, watch, and pray. To see the original post, go HERE.

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." Source

Let thanks for mercies given ascend as you ask for new mercies!


  1. Thank you for sharing such powerful verses. Any verse about being courageous always speak loudly to me. It's also nice to be reminded that Luke says that being watchful is being spiritually awake. May we all be spiritually awake as we work our way through this week. Blessed you shared at The Weekend Brew.

    1. Yes, Mary! Being spiritually awake, praying, and watching are all vital to stay strong during these difficult end days.

  2. Love this post! I love that you brought out the Biblical definition of "Watch" a soldier on his "watch"...looking for any sign of they enemy...we know in the twinkling of an eye, Jesus could snatch us up to be with Him...may we be on "watch" when He appears :)

    1. Amen, Beth! We must not let the distractions of life cause us to be unaware of the signs ahead of us.

  3. I love these verses and the idea of being spiritually awake.

    1. Thanks, Christie. So glad you stopped by and enjoyed my post today.

  4. Love the reminder to be watchful! Thank you for sharing.

  5. Watch and watch out! I like that approach. Thanks for sharing with us here at Tell me a Story."

    1. As always, thanks for stopping by, Hazel. You are such an encouragement and inspiration to so many, including me!!

  6. Such a powerful word, "watch". I like your post, feeling inspired!

    1. Yes, I had not really considered the strength and power of its meaning, till I read up on it and found the verses and descriptions above.They really made me think, too!

  7. I'm here from Unite. God has been speaking to me about watching as well, I keep hearing the words i my spirit to be alert, awake and aware.

  8. Loved this. Watch and pray. So easy, but we don't do it like we should.


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