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.