What does it mean to watch and pray?
Here's the answer:
To watch and pray means you are to be mindful and active in prayer.
Jesus tells His followers to be mindful to watch and to pray: “Watch and pray. Then you won’t fall into sin when you are tempted. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak” (Matthew 26:41). In this passage, Jesus is in agony. He finds His three most trusted disciples sleeping instead of praying with Him. He urges them to watch and pray so they don’t fall into temptation.
When Jesus tells you to “watch,” He is telling you to be on your guard. He doesn’t want you to be distracted by the things of the world. The world will try to distract you, but you must stay focused on Jesus.
You can do this by being active in prayer. Prayer is another word for talking to God. You can talk to God anytime, any day. God wants you to talk with Him whether you are feeling happy, upset, or sad. You can also pray to God when you feel tempted to do something wrong.
You can be mindful to watch and pray today.
"Be careful. If you aren’t, your hearts will be loaded down with wasteful living, drunkenness and the worries of life. Then the day the Son of Man returns will close on you like a trap. It will happen suddenly" (Luke 21:34).
"Let us keep looking to Jesus. He is the one who started this journey of faith. And he is the one who completes the journey of faith. He paid no attention to the shame of the cross. He suffered there because of the joy he was looking forward to. Then he sat down at the right hand of the throne of God" (Hebrews 12:2).
"Never stop praying" (1 Thessalonians 5:17).