Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers 41 Watch and pray. It became the watchword of the early disciples 1Corinthians ; Colossians ; 1Thessalonians ; 1Peter It left its mark in the history of Christendom in the new names of Gregory, and Vigilius, or Vigilantius, "the watcher. In their present weakness that trial might prove greater than they could bear, and therefore they were to watch and pray, in order that they might not pass by negligence into too close contact with its power. The spirit indeed is willing.
Whitlock, Jr. File photo We are living in the last days. In a real sense, God expects Christians to be equipped for the return of Christ.
We know not the time or date, but be prepared. Jesus prophesizes a period of great tribulation — a period of great adversity and anguish; intense oppression or persecution; wars and rumors of wars; natural and man-made disasters and crooked leadership in high places.
This tribulation has its source in the conflict between God and the devil, which will end with the devil being cast into the lake of fire to suffer eternal tribulation. Jesus is telling us to watch. Watch does not mean to stand around looking for eschatological signs of the end times.
Have ever taken the wrong turn off the freeway? Missed an exit to delay where you are going? Even better, did you think you knew where you going only to realize you really did not know? Making the wrong turn in life can delay and derail a destination.
The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.
Jesus warned His disciples to watch out for the impulse of sin. We are not strong enough, smart enough, educated enough, and wise enough to fight the impulse to sin. It can happen in a second, an email, text message, and social media post.
Impulse control is never easy. All of us struggle with controlling impulses. Impulse control has been a struggle for us since the fall.
Today, we still struggle. The impulse to sin comes like a thief in the night. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. We are living difficult times, but pray changes things.
We pray for the audacity of hope. We pray for the power of faith. We pray with the expectation that God changes things.
Pray expecting to stand before the Son of Man. There is power in prayer.
More prayer more power. The Bible says in Prov. The Rev.