Monday, August 22, 2011

How Do We Watch?

The Lord has impressed upon this writer for many years now the need for us to be continually watching. So when you read the posts here you see "be watching" over and over and over again. If you have ever asked "how do we watch?" This post is for you.

Matt 26:36 Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”

39Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”

40Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Could you men not keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. 41“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”

Keep watch "with me" the Lord said and what was the Lord doing? He way praying...

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

Continue and watch in prayer is what "watch in the same" means here ^^^

1 Peter 4:7
... But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. ...

^^^ Here it is said directly "watch unto prayer"

Jesus was praying and he told the disciples "keep watch with me." So how was Jesus "watching?" He was watching in and through prayer. Why prayer? The sight needed to do the watching Jesus commanded us to do is spiritual sight. Spiritual things are seen with spiritual eyes and this is done through prayer as demonstrated by our Lord.

grace and peace