But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. (2 Tim 4:5)
. . . praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— (Eph 6:18)
But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers. (1 Pet 4:7)
Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. (1 Cor 16:13)
Often the Bible urges us to watch as well as to pray. (Mk 13:33; 14:38; Lk 21:36; Eph 6:18) It’s important that these two actions go hand in hand.
Watch means to stay awake; to be sleepless. We need to take this command literally as well as spiritually. We are meant to be vigilant, on guard, alert, and intently aware. Spiritual watching combined with prayer will give us the strength we need to resist temptation and to overcome difficult situations in life.
Staying awake is connected with righteousness. (1 Cor 15:34) If ever there has been a time to stay alert and focused, it is NOW. Many scholars believe that we are living in what is called the “end times.” We must focus on strengthening our relationship with Jesus Christ and living a holy life, by the grace which He imparts to us.
Believers must be prepared for the return of Jesus Christ; we must guard against temptation; and we should pray without ceasing. We should prepare for the completion (conclusion) of our salvation!
“Vigilant watchfulness is a manifestation of genuine spiritual life.” ~ Billy Graham