Draw Near to God: Day 24

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Day 24: Watching and praying

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,

and in his word I put my hope.

My soul waits for the Lord

more than watchmen wait for the morning,

more than watchmen wait for the morning.

Psalm 130: 5-6

When we pray do we really expect God to hear us and to act on our behalf?  

A watchman is an important person, but he doesn’t do very much.  The massive turning of the earth, the immense energies released by the sun—all that goes on apart from him.  He does nothing to influence or control such things; he is a watchman.  He knows the dawn is coming; there are no doubts concerning that. Eugene Peterson,  A Long Obedience in the Same Direction

Watchtowers served a variety of purposes in ancient culture—as built-in defense systems in the walls of ancient cities, as built-in pastures so shepherds could protect their flocks from wild animals, and as built-in vineyards for protection from thieves.  Watchmen would climb into their watchtower, station themselves at their guard post, and scan the horizon for enemy armies or trading caravans.  The watchmen were the first to see, and they saw the farthest.  So it is with those who pray.  Intercessors are watchmen and watchwomen.  They see sooner and see farther into the spiritual realm.  Why?  Because prayer gives us a unique vantage point. Mark Batterson, Draw the Circle

Are you waiting and watching for God?

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.

James 4:8

0 comment on Draw Near to God: Day 24

  1. Jarm Del Boccio
    September 24, 2013 at 10:04 am (7 years ago)

    I need to do this more. Depend more, and seek more of God.

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  2. Caddo
    September 24, 2013 at 3:42 pm (7 years ago)

    Not only do I wait and watch for God, but in the past year He has spoken those words, “Wait and Watch” regarding specific things I’ve beseeched Him about. Recently I was so concerned about my missing neighbor–who is now in a safe place. Upon the heels of great relief and gratitude, I also felt such loss–as my neighbor won’t be returning to his apt, outside my door, where I can feed and look after him a bit. And again the Lord spoke to me, “Wait and watch for what I will do to fill up the empty place in your heart”. So now I have an excited, expectant hope for whatever will come next!! God bless you BIG, Sisters–love, sis Caddo

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    • Caddo
      September 24, 2013 at 10:58 pm (7 years ago)

      Oops, did I forget to invite you to my party on Thursday? All the special people will be there! And as they say in the South, “Come early and stay late!”

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