Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
Extraordinary times require extra ordinary prayer. Our Scripture tells us two things that we need to do as Christians, watch and pray.
The word watch gives us the idea that we must be alert. We must be alert to the fact we are in a spiritual war, we must be alert that our adversary the devil uses many tactics to attack us, we must be alert and on guard.
We must be vigilant during the day and the night. During the day we can see dangers afar off. During the night we cannot see the dangers, but we know they are there. Both times require that we take these dangers very seriously. Unfortunately many of us do not take these dangers very seriously.
The word “watch” is a warning that we often get distracted. We hear the preaching of the Word of God and believe that it does not apply to us. We read the Bible and do not submit to God’s precepts.
The word “watch” should lead us to “pray.” Watching gives us the burden. Watching shows us the need. Prayer is asking God to intervene and protect. Prayer is pleading for God’s help.
These two words make an appearance after the armor of God is put on. Ephesians 6:18 tells us to pray and watch. A prayer warrior has put on the armor of God and then uses them. We use them by watching and praying.
Are you alert to the dangers, to the needs, to God’s will? Are these things moving you to pray. Do not avoid the responsibility that we have to be prayer warriors. We may not be able to things that others can do, but we all can pray.
“I’d rather be able to pray than be a great preacher; Jesus Christ never taught His disciples how to preach, but only how to pray.”—D. L. Moody