This is the part, I’d say, that’s very easy and not that hard to do.
Without thinking (or even realizing it), we’re always watching (and maybe more than we’re supposed to); the instruction was to watch – not hound, poke nose, or even waylay!
Ok, so we watch, but how much good does that do if we only watch and not pray?
Just think how it is:
Then we become busybodies, tattletales and fable bearers.
Or we become worried, fearful, and start to lose our faith.
Take heed then, what you see (or want to see) – watch and pray.
Ah! – there’s this other part too – the part that’s very easy to forget.
It’s the part though, I’d like to suggest, that puts it all in perspective.
When we pray, we do so because we believe that God is able to do that for which we’ve prayed (at least that’s how it’s supposed to be!).
And God, indeed is able.
But we must pray – so we don’t become busybodies, tattletales and fable bearers.
Or become worried, fearful, and start to lose our faith.
God hears, and He’s able – so pray, and pray indeed.
Watch and pray –
Ok, so I’d go out on a limb and say it this way:
We must watch, so we’d know how to pray.
And we must pray, so we’d see correctly, what’s in our view (in all the proper perspectives and angles!)
The call is to watch and pray, so let’s not take them apart and try to balance all that weight on one leg (after we’ve been blessed with two!)
I have set watchmen upon thy walls, o Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the Lord, keep not silence – Isaiah 62:6.
…the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much – James 5:16.