Watch and Pray (2)

35 “Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, 

36 like servants waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him. 

37 It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. Truly I tell you, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them. 

38 It will be good for those servants whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the middle of the night or toward daybreak. 

39 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. 

40 You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”

Luke 12:35-40 NIV

Friends – here I am with the watch and pray again. The urgency to understand and reach this point of understanding is upon us.  Throughout the Bible we are told to watch – watch and pray.

Sometimes watch is a term more like water, in Aramaic, “`iyr” and it means “wakeful one, watcher,” or “angel”. So when reading the words of the Bible be aware and watch for the words: watch, awaken, wake-up, and the such.  When God wakes us to pray, we are watchers.

What is it we are watching for? In the Old Testament it was to encourage God’s children to stay obedient and on course watching for the fulfillment of the prophecies – watching for the Messiah. Can you imagine if Peter (Simon) was not watchful? If he did not believe in the coming Christ? Who would be the cornerstone of the Church? The Old Testament watched their ways so that through obedience they could see the Messiah.  Who was awake and saw?

“Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.” Deuteronomy 4:9 NIV

These lessons apply today – keep obedient in the ways of the Lord and watch.

“and that the LORD may keep his promise to me: ‘If your descendants watch how they live, and if they walk faithfully before me with all their heart and soul, you will never fail to have a successor on the throne of Israel.’” 1 Kings 2:4 NIV

One way to watch is to watch your ways, watch that you seek first the kingdom of God and God himself, then the promises flow and the promise of all promises which is the kingdom of Heaven.  Yes! We should be more glad and full of joy that our names are written in the Lambs Book of Life and stay focused on that promise #LookingUp our redemption draws near!

“I said, “I will watch my ways and keep my tongue from sin; I will put a muzzle on my mouth while in the presence of the wicked.” Psalm 39:1 NIV
Watching our ways! Amen!!! Watch our tongues that the Lord God can use them!!  And on a silly side note – I have been calling these blessed masks (the Governor is requiring we wear) “Obedience Muzzles”.  Wearing in obedience and praying the Lord muzzling my tongue for MY words and opens my mouth with his.

Watching out for sin and temptation

“Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Matthew 26:40 NIV

Watching out for deception and the enemy who will steal, kill and destroy

“Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you.” Matthew 24:4 NIV

“Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood. I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock.” Acts 20:28-29 NIV

“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8
Alert and Sober mind is how we shall watch.

Watch for the return of Christ and the Kingdom of Heaven

“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.” Matthew 25:13 NIV

“If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping.What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!’” Mark 13:36-37 NIV

“Blessed are those who listen to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway.” Proverbs 8:34 NIV

This command to watch and pray is still applicable and urgent today. 
As Jesus prepared for the work of the cross, he intentionally used the same words as he used the day before when telling his disciples about his return which are “watch and pray”.  So when his soul is overwhelmed we know it was not just the pain and suffering of the passion, but the completed work and the goal: His Return For His Sheep.

“Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” Matthew 26:38 NIV

Will you watch and pray?

“And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.” Romans 13:11 NIV

Every day, every moment, we are nearer and nearer to this Blessed Hope of Christ’s Return for us!

Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus! Thank you for reading.