Keep Watch and Pray- Conclusion

In the last post, the account of Jesus and His disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane was summarized. Jesus asked His disciples to keep watch and pray; yet, they continued to fall asleep each time Jesus returned to prayer.

The following application for believers today is a matter of my personal meditation based on these scriptures and the belief in Jesus’ promised return:

First, Jesus asked those closest to Him to keep watch, which literally means to “take heed lest through remission (put off or let slacken) and indolence (lazy; indulging in ease) some destructive calamity overtake you.” This strongly parallels with Luke 21: 36, where Jesus admonished believers concerning end-time prophesy, to “Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass…” Few will say that we are not at least experiencing the type of calamities described here and other in prophetic passages that strongly caution us in these times.

WE MUST WATCH: We need to overcome the temptation to take our ease and cling to our comforts in a world that is full of tribulation; and instead, regard with great care all that is taking place lest we too are overtaken with the destruction. All the while, being faithful to pray so that we are not tempted to give up, forsake Christ, deny reality, become disobedient and self-centered; or any number of fleshly failures under the pressure of harsh truths or the prospect of suffering.

Here is the sobering reality of such failure: The hour could be at hand—perhaps we will be caught off guard and unprepared. We will in essence be asleep and not alert until it is too late to powerfully and effectively live out our faith for the sake of others. With such disobedience and indifference, will we be counted worthy at the end of the age (Luke 21: 36)?