The Light Washed Path

PRAYER: Watch & Pray

Mark 13:32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.

Mark 13:33 Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.

Mark 13:34 For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.

Mark 13:35 Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning:

Mark 13:36 Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.

Mark 13:37 And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.

Welcome To The Light-Washed Path,

There is an amazing volume of verses in the Bible – particularly the New Testament – that warn us to “watch”, as well as pray.  The admonition to watch is associated with such critical events such as:

Preparedness For The Lord’s Return
1 Th. 5:2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night…

1 Th. 5:4 …But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief….

1 Th. 5:6 …Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.

1 Th. 5:7 For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.

1 Th. 5:8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.

1 Th. 5:9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

Visitations From God
Luke 19:41 And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it,

Luke 19:42 Saying, If thou hadst known at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes.

Luke 19:43 For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee…

Luke 19:44 …because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.

Vigilance Towards Satan’s Strategies
1 Pet. 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant (watch); because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

Luke 12:39 And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come,he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through.

Avoiding A Fall Into Temptation
Matt. 26:40 And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?

Matt. 26:41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh isweak.

Fulfilling Your Ministry
2 Tim. 4:5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.

1 Cor. 16:13 Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, act like men, be strong.

The word in the original Greek text used for “Watch” means to keep awake and be vigilant: gregoreuo; to keep awake, i.e. watch (literally or figuratively): —be vigilant, wake, (be) watch(-ful).

Col. 4:2 Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;

“Watching” is missing from today’s prayer regimen, where so much prayer is focused on petition. Watching involves something akin to the practice of the Old Testament prophets:

Hab. 2:1 I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved.

Here, watching involves “waiting” prayerfully upon the Lord, with vigilance, scanning the heart to see what the Spirit of God might reveal. Observing the movements of current events, while at the same time, watching in prayer, is how the Church comes to understand God’s will through its circumstances. Watching opens the Church to hearing God’s specific Words of Wisdom, in order to prepare against attacks of the enemy.

Rev. 16:15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.

Watching not only positions us to hear the Word of the Lord, and by it, avoid traps of the enemy; but it also positions us to make necessary adjustments, in order to be prepared for God’s deliverances in the time of trouble.

Matt. 24:43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have allowed his house to be broken up.

Finally, watching will prepare believers to ready themselves for the Lord’s return, and to “escape” tribulation’s wrath and “stand before the Son of Man“.

Luke 21:36 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.

In this case, watching allows the heart of the Christian to be surgically lifted from the diluting influences of the world, and made ready for the move of the Holy Spirit. As Jesus has said:

Mark 13:32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.

So we are not made ready by watching a calendar, but rather, by watching in prayer, and allowing the Holy Spirit to guide our hearts. And he will!

More on Prayer tomorrow, so until then…

Stay On The Path!