But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers.
Peter is saying that there is a need to be serious and watchful in prayer and that the end is coming. The end being a reference of Jesus’ return. The call to vigilance is frequent in the New Testament. But today I write with a slightly different point of view. It starts with this question, “Why wait?”
Sometimes we find ourselves slacking in our prayers because we get complacent. We think that all is well and put our lives on “cruise control” and just move along as the world takes us. We believe that we can put on the brakes when we need to, so that we can deal with what lies in front of us. Once we are past that, we can get moving again and hit the “cruise” once more.
The problem with this kind of life is that prayer then only becomes important when something lies in front of us blocking our path. We pray only when we are facing something; when crisis comes. Now, it’s important to bring God into our situations and struggles; to open our hearts to Him in time of need. Hebrews 4:16 says, “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” But to be watchful in our prayers is to have a life of prayer.
A life of prayer can be defined as having an attitude of prayer. “Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving.” (Colossians 4:2 NKJV) Prayerfulness is an attitude by which a constant relationship between God and ourselves is developed. So having an attitude of prayer or being prayerful is totally dependent on our relationship with God. This relationship arises from a deep desire to be with God and an awareness of need that can only be met by God.
To be serious and watchful in our prayers demonstrates a relationship with God and a continuing trust in Him. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.” (John 15:5-8 NKJV)
Friend, I go back to the first question, “Why wait?” Should we not find it important to develop our relationship with God so that we can live with an attitude of prayer? Being watchful is seeing with the eyes of God and allowing God to move in every part of our lives as we trust Him. Yes the end times are coming when Jesus will return to gather us who call Him Lord and Savior and take us to His place, Heaven. But let’s begin to nurture our relationship with God in praise, and worship, and prayer. Prayer embraces God for who He is. Prayer is conversation with God and connects us with His Mighty Power. Prayer says to God that we know we are powerless and we need His power to get through whatever we are facing. And God’s power is released through our faith. “Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” (Mark 9:23 NKJV) Take some time and call upon the name of the Lord in prayer. Love Him. Tell Him what is on your mind. Listen to Him when He speaks back to you. And allow His power to live in and through you.
Dear God, thank You that we can come to You at any time and talk with You. Teach us to be serious and watchful in our prayers by having daily conversation with You. Help us develop an attitude of prayer that keeps You in the front of our minds. Forgive us when we place You and prayer in the back seat and think all is well until we come to a road block. May You guide and direct our paths as we place our trust in You. In Jesus Name. AMEN
Don’t believe me, believe God!