Watch…Just One Hour

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“What? Could you not watch with Me one hour?” (Matthew 26:40 NKJV)

 

I quickly recognize the scenario. In His most trying hour, our Lord found His closest friends asleep. While He poured out His soul in agony, their eyes closed with exhaustion. I shutter to think of their complacency, but then wonder: does my life exhibit any difference?

 

“Child, could you not watch with Me one hour?”

 

I rise in the morning to begin my busy day. Work, family, and finances fill my thoughts as I look past His Word and into my crowded schedule.

 

“Child, could you not watch with Me one hour?” He calls.

 

I join others at weekly worship and find my thoughts wandering. I close my Bible, content to return home without realizing I’ve not seen the One I came to glorify.

 

“Child, could you not watch with Me one hour?” He repeats.

 

I gather in a small group, but there is very little of the Word. Very little prayer. Instead, I tell my stories, check my phone, answer my calls, then consider how I can slip out early.

 

“Child, could you not watch with Me one hour?” He rejoins. “Are you still passively prayerless? Get up. It’s time to act.”

 

His urgency jolts me awake and I stare wide-eyed at the noise of the impending enemy. Indeed because lawlessness is increased, I sense my love growing cold (Matthew 24:12). Maybe I’ve waited too long to begin to watch and pray. My spirit is willing, but my flesh is altogether weak (Matthew 26:41).

 

I will listen to these lies no longer. I will rouse to join the One Who ever lives to make intercession for us (Hebrews 7:25). He stands in the very Presence of God on my behalf (Hebrews 9:24). Shall I not join Him?

 

What about you? Will you watch with Him faithfully? Even now, He is nudging you to join Him in prayer.

 

“Oh Father, may our prayer ‘be counted as incense’ before You (Psalm 144:1). Gather our prayer together with the saints around the globe that the golden bowls may be “full of incense” (Revelation 5:8) and You may be glorified. Search our hearts and minds (Revelation 2:23) and find us faithful. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”