God has appointed His intercessors to be Watchmen on the Wall…
In ancient times, watchmen stood guard on a city’s walls to see to the welfare of its citizens and to warn of coming trouble.
Who is to do that job today in a dangerous world moving closer to the crisis of the close of the age?
Jesus told us to both watch and pray!
Question: “What does it mean to watch and pray?”
Jesus used the phrase “watch and pray” on a couple of different occasions.
Once was the night before the crucifixion. Jesus took Peter, James, and John with Him to the Garden of Gethsemane, where He prayed that “this cup be taken from me” (Matthew 26:39).
After the prayer, He found His disciples sleeping. He was grieved that they could not even pray with Him for an hour and warned them…
“When he came back to his disciples, he found them sound asleep.
He said to Peter, “Can’t you stick it out with me a single hour?
Stay alert; be in prayer so you don’t wander into temptation without even knowing you’re in danger.
There is a part of you that is eager, ready for anything in God. But there’s another part that’s as lazy as an old dog sleeping by the fire.”
(Matthew 26:40-41 The Message)
Another occurrence of the phrase “watch and pray” is found earlier in Jesus’ ministry when He prophesied about the end times.
Luke chapter 21 details many of those events, and Jesus warns that they would happen suddenly…
“But be on your guard. Don’t let the sharp edge of your expectation get dulled by parties and drinking and shopping.
Otherwise, that Day is going to take you by complete surprise, spring on you suddenly like a trap, for it’s going to come on everyone, everywhere, at once.
So, whatever you do, don’t go to sleep at the switch. Pray constantly that you will have the strength and wits to make it through everything that’s coming and end up on your feet before the Son of Man.”
(Luke 21:34-36 The Message)
“Watch and pray.” The word translated “watch” means “to have the alertness of a guard at night.”
A night watchman must be even more vigilant than a daytime guard. In the daytime, danger can often be spotted from a distance. But in the night everything is different.
A night watchman must use senses other than sight to detect danger. He is often alone in the darkness and without the defenses he would otherwise employ.
There may be no indications of enemy attack until it happens, so he must be hyper-vigilant, suspecting it at any moment. That is the type of watching Jesus spoke about.
Jesus warned us that we are too easily distracted by the physical and will be caught unaware if we do not continually discipline ourselves.
In the Garden of Gethsemane, sleepiness overcame the disciples. Their physical need overpowered their desire to obey Him.
He was grieved when He saw this, knowing what was ahead for them.
If they did not remain spiritually vigilant, in tune with Him (John 15:5) and ready to deny the flesh, they would be overcome by the evil one (1 Peter 5:8).
Jesus’ disciples today must also watch and pray. We are easily distracted by this world, our fleshly needs and desires, and the schemes of the enemy (2 Corinthians 2:11).
When we take our eyes from Jesus and His soon return, our values begin to shift, our attention wanders, and soon we are living like the world and bearing little fruit for God’s kingdom (1 Timothy 6:18–19).
He warned us that we must be ready at any moment to stand before Him and give an account of our lives (Romans 14:12; 1 Peter 4:5; Matthew 12:36).
“Watch and pray.” We can only remain faithful when we are devoted to prayer.
Through the pray of faith, offered in Jesus’ name, God has made available to us ALL power in Heaven and Earth (see Matthew 28:18-20) to accomplish His will, keep the “Turkey” at bay and change the world, but these things only happen as we submit to God in prayer.
In prayer, we continually allow God to forgive us, cleanse us, teach us, and strengthen us to obey Him (John 14:14).
In order to keep watch, we must pray for endurance and freedom from distractions (Hebrews 12:2; Luke 18:1; Ephesians 6:18).
We must pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
If you don’t like what you see happening in the world today, then God has given us His instructions on how to change the world!
“If my God-defined people, respond (debauchery of the world) by humbling themselves, praying, seeking My presence, and turning their backs on their wicked lives (and ways) , then I’ll be there ready for you: I’ll listen from heaven, forgive their sins, and restore their land to health.”
(2 Chronicles 7:14 The Message)
Change starts with us and our relationship with God!
[The Backstory: God first encounters Gideon cowering in a winepress, ironically calling him a “mighty man of valor,” prophetically forecasting Gideon’s role as a savior of Israel, rescuing them from the Midianites.
Gideon incrementally moved from a position of weakness and fear to a position of strength and valor as he started to trust increasingly in God.
But first Gideon’s army had to be whittled down from 32,000 to 300 by a series of tests designed to weed out the fearful, leaving a 450 to 1 ratio in favor of the Midianites, ensuring that God would get the credit for the victory.
Nevertheless, Gideon’s 300 men seemed like a million men to the Midianites, throwing the enemy into utter confusion, fighting one another in the darkness. And Gideon’s army did not even have to fight.]
4 And the Lord said to Gideon, “The people are still too many. Take them down to the water, and I will test them for you there, and anyone of whom I say to you, ‘This one shall go with you,’ shall go with you, and anyone of whom I say to you, ‘This one shall not go with you,’ shall not go.”
5 So he brought the people down to the water. And the Lord said to Gideon, “Every one who laps the water with his tongue, as a dog laps, you shall set by himself. Likewise, every one who kneels down to drink.”
6 And the number of those who lapped, putting their hands to their mouths, was 300 men, but all the rest of the people knelt down to drink water.
7 And the Lord said to Gideon, “With the 300 men who lapped I will save you and give the Midianites into your hand, and let all the others go every man to his home.”
Please note that the men that God chose we’re the ones who had the presence of mind to keep their eyes on the horizon, to watch and see what the enemy was doing!
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