Watch and Pray by Pastor Melissa Scott

June 4, 2010 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott 

It’s like a state of depression, your eyes have you ever had that happen to me to you? It’s a burden of emotional distress so much that you cannot stop your eyelids. They become like 20 pound weights. They just; they’re just gone. No matter what you do, they’re going to close. This is what happened, even though Jesus said, “Watch and pray.” “He left them, went again, and prayed a third time saying time, saying the same words.” Of course He comes back and says to the disciples, “Sleep now, and take your rest: behold the hour is at hand, the son of man is betrayed at the hands of sinners. And the one that’s going to betray is approaching nigh, is coming nigh.”

Now let me point out a few things. First of all these are things we need to not only hear and engraft, but we need to take note so as not just, “That’s last week’s message and I forgot about it.” I want you to remember these lessons because to me they become something of the equipping. Let’s first focus on this word “watch.” Of course Matthew records it and Mark records it, Luke doesn’t record it and let me talk a little bit about this word for “watch.” In fact I put the text right here.

So I’ve got the Greek for you of Matthew 26:41. This word, those that can read let’s write phonetically for you its greg- gregoreite or gregorite. And don’t ask if it comes from gregarious, because nobody seems to know. You know when I go and I check things out and one person says this and another person says that and if they’re all saying different things, I just say, I don’t want to know about it because you’re all probably going in the wrong direction anyway.

So having made that little free commentary here, there are different words for watching in the Bible. This particular word will reappear many times and let me just say it and I’ve put some footnotes here for me. This particular word carries with it gregoreite or gregorite, to be, to be watching is one thing, but specifically to be vigilant.

Now there’s another word for watching which means sleepless, Jesus did not use that word here. That’s what the irony is. He didn’t use the word here. There’s another word in the Greek for “watch,” which is to be sober, to be calm and collected or even to rouse one. There’s even another word in the Greek, which is where they say, “In the fourth watch,” you’ve read that in the King James a couple of times. And then there’s even another word for “watch,” a prison guard, those that watched at the tomb. Okay? This particular word: “be vigilant, be vigilant.” The relevance to that is huge because Jesus, we envision when Jesus spoke and we’re thinking about our English word “to watch” as in we’re looking or we’re paying attention, but He even says, “Be vigilant and pray.” Now let me touch briefly on this word, “pray.” 

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