Watch and Pray

English: the first of the Epistles to the Colo...

English: the first of the Epistles to the Colossians (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


We are taught in scripture that effective prayer involves, “watching” as well as “communicating”.



  • Psalm 5:3 (NASB95) In the morning, O Lord, You will hear my voice; In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch.
  • Matthew 26:41 (NASB95) “Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
  • Colossians 4:2 (ESV) Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.


Watchfulness means a focused gaze, a set attention, constant readiness, alertness, the state of full engagement. Do those phrases adequately describe your prayer life? Or do you find yourself more engaged in spiritual multi-tasking? We should certainly, “pray as we go”, but those prayers will be more focused and effective if we set aside time to diligently set our full gaze on the Lord, and incline our ears to his Word.