“Set up the standard… make the watch strong, set up the watchmen…” Christians must learn the meaning of watching with Christ in prayer. The truly spiritual believer has learned to be deeply stirred and moved by the Holy Spirit. He knows the great privilege of spiritual warfare, and therefore, does not become entangled in the affairs of this life (2). He is aware of the eternal effects of his prayers (3).
On the other hand, the believer who does not learn to watch will not be able to stand against the wiles of the devil (4). As he settles for “earthly-mindedness,” he will be fooled by the shrewdness of the satanic system of evil. Many today are like the watchmen in Isaiah who were blind (5). It is sad to say that many Christians today settle for this type of life. Few are willing to set time apart for prayer. Instead, they allow menial details to distract them.
One test of true spirituality is the observation of a person’s prayer life. It is not a natural thing for a man to pray. The disciples could not even watch with Jesus for one hour in the garden when the conflict became the most intense (6).
Take heed to the words of Jesus to watch and pray (7).
The message in I Corinthians 16:13 is for today, “Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.”