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Why Watch And Pray?


A pastor friend used to say that those who spend time thinking and studying end time events are too heavenly minded to be of any earthly good.  He thought it was a waste of time thinking about these things when there was so much work to be done right now in the Kingdom of God.  My friend could not have been more wrong.  I agree that there's lots of work to be done in the Kingdom of God , but it's no waste of time to eagerly anticipate the return of the one we say we love and serve.  From my own experience, and from the experience of others I know,  the more we understand end time events, the more involved we want to be in the Kingdom of God.  This is especially true when it comes to the salvation of our loved ones.  If we believe Jesus' return is near, our hearts ache for those close to us who don't know Jesus in a real way.  If our hearts don't ache, we have a problem. 


As Christians, we should want to obey Jesus.  Well, Mark 13:33 gives us something to obey.  Jesus tells us to "watch and pray".  The context of this command concerns the end of this age and His return.  These words make it clear.  We are to concern ourselves with Jesus' return and the events leading to His return. 


Watching means being awake.  It means paying attention to the things that are happening in the world around us.  Our eyes should be wide open to world events and how they relate to Biblical prophecy.  I suggest my pastor friend completely missed the point on this issue. 


While we watch the world around us, Jesus tells us to pray.  We pray as earnestly as we can for those who don't know Jesus.  We pray for strength to represent Jesus in a world that is becoming increasingly hostile towards His followers.  We pray for the ability to properly understand the signs of our times.  We pray in order to maintain a close relationship with Jesus, especially in the turbulent days to come.  We certainly don't want to be caught napping at this late stage.  We've got too many Christians napping as it is.


I suggest we all obey our Lord Jesus, and watch for the fulfillment of His prophetic words.  Our redemption is near.  At the same time, let's pray even more fervently than ever.  There's so much to pray about.               


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