Watch and pray

Watch and pray

Matthew 26: 37-41

37 And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy. 38 Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me. 39 And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. 40 And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? 41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

We need to watch for prayers as well as for the answers to our prayers. It needs as much wisdom to pray rightly as it does faith to receive the answers to our prayers.

We met a friend the other day, who had been in years of darkness because God had failed to answer certain prayers, and the result had been a state bordering on infidelity.

A very few moments were sufficient to convince this friend that these prayers had been entirely unauthorized, and that God had never promised to answer such prayers, and they were for things which this friend should have accomplished himself, in the exercise of ordinary wisdom.

The result was deliverance from a cloud of unbelief which was almost wrecking a Christian life. There are some things about which we do not need to pray, as much as to take the light which God has already given.

Many persons are asking God to give them peculiar signs, tokens and supernatural intimations of His will. Our business is to use the light He has given, and then He will give whatever more we need.


Christian, seek not yet repose,

Hear thy gracious Savior say;

Thou art in the midst of foes:

  Watch and pray.


Principalities and powers,

Mustering their unseen array,

Wait for thy unguarded hours:

  Watch and pray.


Gird thy heavenly armor on,

Wear it ever night and day;

Ambushed lies the evil one:

  Watch and pray.


Hear the victors who o’ercame,

Still they mark each warrior’s way;

All with one sweet voice exclaim,

  Watch and pray.


Hear, above all, hear thy Lord,

Him thou lovest to obey;

Hide within thy heart His word:

  Watch and pray.


Watch, as if on that alone

Hung the issue of the day;

Pray, that help may be sent down:

  Watch and pray.

Prayer: Lord teach me to pray aright.

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