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Watch and Pray

Sandra Ford

There is a verse in today's reading that includes the words, ‘watch and pray’. It reminds me of verses in Psalm 130 that I love, probably because I first heard them in a Rebecca St James song!

In a way, they sum up quite beautifully the idea behind today's passage, to be watching and to be praying in readiness for the second coming of Jesus.

In this country, it's not such a familiar sight for us to see night watchmen guarding property, businesses, livestock or people, but in many countries it is the norm to have the watchman wrapped up against the cold night air waiting for the first glimpse of the morning. The Psalmist uses this image to demonstrate the longing of his own heart.

Do we share the Psalmist’s longing for this closeness with God, or are we distracted and pulled away by the rush and cares of life?

I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his
word I put my hope. I wait for the Lord
more than watchmen wait for the morning,
more than watchmen wait for the morning.
Psalm 130:5-6