“Be always on the watch, and pray that you may 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
I still feel the chills when I think back to a night years ago when I was on patrol with a state police officer. We were tasked to check out a campground where reports were made of dangerous and disorderly activity. His words to me were, “Be alert!” You bet I was!
Think of all the situations that call for us to be alert. We need to focus while driving. We need to be attentive in conversations so we don’t miss what is being communicated. We need to be watchful in public places. Referring to the times of great hardship before His second coming, Jesus instructs us to “Be always on the watch!”
The “ruler of this world” prowls about, so we must be aware of Satan’s deception. “Watch out that you are not deceived” (v. 8). Also, “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with… the anxieties of life” (v. 34). I imagine that you are familiar with the “anxieties of life.” As you face trouble, remember that Jesus tells you to watch and pray. Then watch how He carries you through, and pray your words of thanksgiving to Him.
“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” (Colossians 4:2)