Matthew 26:40-41, “And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
V. Pray for one hour – Watching: Develop holy alertness. Colossians 4:2, “Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;”
The word “watch” means to keep awake (Strong’s Concordance). I can remember many times going to prayer and waking up some time later. This makes me so mad. I failed the LORD again just like the men in our verses for this study. I can hear my LORD asking me the same question.
Some might say this is a holy nap or some hog wash like that. It is failing to watch with my LORD. So as we continue along the journey to pray one hour each day we need to be in an attitude of watching.
We don’t have to be sitting with our head bowed and our eyes closed to pray as some think. You can be standing. You can be laying flat out on the floor with your face down to the floor. There are many positions to prayer. I might suggest as you and I are waiting before the LORD that we stand up in order to ward off sleeping..
So, how are you doing?
Yesterday evening I was watching the television show “Undercover Boss” while my wife caught up on her rest. It was an interesting episode. The boss brought in two different employees that had less than acceptable performance. I must say that he handled them much better than I would have ever handled them. I would have blown my cover immediately and fired these two guys for sure.
What I saw was a man that had come from a background of alcohol abuse and suicide attempts showing someone else the compassion he needed to get out of what bound him. This man did not appear to be a Christian; but, he did exhibit some qualities that were Christ-like.
One young man called a customer a liar over the telephone. This turned out to be a cry for help from this young man. The owner took him under his wing and gave him a second change. It reminded me of a man named Jonah somewhat. God gave Jonah a second chance.
The other man sat and shared with a female customer about some things that had taken place during a shift he worked that should not have been shared with a female let alone a customer of the business. He was offered a second chance that started with sexual harassment classes. Then the owner gave him some money to help with his mother’s medical bills.
Why so I relate this to you? Well, I don’t know about you; but, I have needed mercy in my life like these two examples need mercy. One thing that was brought home to me in a more vivid way is that we are being watched. Everywhere we go we are watched. You hear me and other Preachers say all the time that we are being watched and people want what we have. Guess what. It is true. I saw it on that show.
Hurting people are looking for people that are real people with real answers to their very real problems. Both men were ashamed at the very least that they were caught; but, in the commentary at the end of the show I think they were really sorry.
We have to be careful what we say, how we act and how we interact with others because we are being watched closely by those around us. Even more importantly we are being watched by our Heavenly Father. We want to please him by everything we do and say. Look at Proverbs 5:21, “For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings.”
So, how are you doing?