The Command to
Unto what are we exhorted
The end of all things
is near. Therefore be clear minded and
self-controlled so that you can pray. 1 Peter
How general is the
command to watch?
What I say unto
you, I say to everyone: Watch!
Temptation and Watching
What is one of the
petitions of the Lords Prayer?
And lead us not
into temptation, but deliver
us from the evil one. Matthew 6:13.
By what means can we
pray so that you do not fall into
temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body
is weak. Matthew 26:41.
Note To couple with
our prayers a spirit of watchful cooperation with
God in answering them is watching unto prayer.
How is the duty again
Devote yourselves to
prayer, being watchful and thankful.
How faithful should we be
in this matter?
And pray in the Spirit
on all occasions, with all kinds of prayers
and requests. With this in mind, be alert and
always keep on praying for all the saints.
Examples of Faithful Watching
When did Israel prevail in
As long as Moses
held up his hands, the Israelites were winning,
but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites
were winning. Exodus 17:11.
What experience came to the
householder as a result of failing to watch?
this: If the owner of the house had known at what
time of night the thief was coming, he would have
kept watch and would not have let the
house be broken into. Matthew
What experience comes to those
who wait upon the Lord?
But those who hope in
the Lord will renew their strength. They will
soar on the wings of eagles; they will run and
not grow weary, and they walk and not be faint.
For what did Habakkuk say he
I will stand at my
watch and station myself on the ramparts; I
will look to see what he will say to me, and
what answer I am to give to this compliant.
Note Some are very
anxious that God should hear them when they pray,
but are quite indifferent as to what He says in
Success or Failure
How may we escape the
evils coming on the world?
on the watch, and pray that you will
be able to escape all that is about to happen,
and that you may be able to stand before the Son
of Man. Luke 21:36.
Note Vigilance as
well as prayer is necessary if we would escape
the evils, delusions, and calamities of the last
What will be the result of not
But suppose the
servant says to himself, My master is
taking a long time in coming, and then he
begins to beat the menservants and maidservants
and to eat and drink and get drunk. The
master of that servant will come on a day when he
does not expect him and at an hour he is not
aware of. He will cut him to pieces and assign
him a place with the unbelievers.
What will Christs
servants be doing when He comes?
Be dressed ready for the service and
keep your lamps burning, like men 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. It will be
good for the servants whose master finds them
watching when he comes. I tell you the truth, he
will dress himself to serve will have them
recline at the table and will come and wait upon
them. Verses 35-37.
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