TEXT: Mark 13:32-37
32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.
33 Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.
34 For the Son of Man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.
35 Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning:
36 Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.
37 And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.
— PRAYER —
Watch, Pray, and Work, Part 4
The Bible Knowledge Commentary says, “The “day of the Lord” includes the Tribulation, the Second Advent, and the Millennium. It will begin suddenly and unexpectedly, so no one except the Father knows the critical moment. In the pretribulational view of the future the coming of the Lord for His own (the Rapture) will occur before the 70th week of Daniel. The Rapture is not conditioned by any preliminary events. It is therefore an imminent event for each generation. The Parable of the Absent House Owner along with Matthew’s corresponding account support this view. It precludes all date-setting and lends urgency to Jesus’ exhortations to be watching and working till His return.”
As I said last week, I will explain to you what these watches mean. According to the The Bible Knowledge Commentary, “The reference to the four watches corresponds to the Roman system of reckoning time. The evening was 6–9 P.M.; the midnight watch was 9 P.M. till midnight; when the rooster crows was the third watch (midnight till 3 A.M.); and dawn was 3–6 A.M. (These names of the watches were derived from their termination points.) This differs from the Jewish system of dividing the night into three watches. Mark used the Roman system for his readers’ benefit.”
From this parable regarding the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, we have discussed the importance of taking heed to Jesus’ words. We have also discussed the importance of being watchful while we await His return. The next thing that Jesus commands us to do is to pray. He says, “Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.”
Why is it important for us to pray in light of the Second Coming? Well, as Christians, we are citizens of another world, another kingdom. Here on this earth, we are far from our true home. Prayer is our means of communication with our true King. We receive orders from Him, and we express our needs and desires in His presence. It is important that we maintain communication with the Lord in order that we not get discouraged in this world.
Another reason why we ought to be diligent in prayer as we wait for the Second Coming is because the salvation of lost souls depends on it. We don’t know the day or hour of the Lord’s return, but every day that passes puts us one day closer. That also means that the unsaved have one day less to make the decision to trust Christ as Savior. We can serve God and help build the Kingdom by praying for the lost to come to know Christ. Warren WIersbe said, “If God’s work today is calling out a people for His name, then the sooner the church is completed, the sooner our Lord will return.”
We ought to pray regularly for the unsaved as well as for the boldness to share the Gospel. The fulfillment of the Great Commission is our prime directive — the one thing we must do. Through consistent prayer to God, we can gain the power that we need to share Christ and the peace we need to live in this world.
William Young wrote:
As darker, darker falls around
The shadows of the night,
We gather here with hymn and prayer,
To seek the eternal light.
Father in Heaven, to Thee are known
Our many hopes and fears,
Our heavy weight of mortal toil,
Our bitterness of tears.
We pray Thee for our absent ones,
Who have been with us here:
And in our secret heart we name
The distant and the dear.
For weary eyes, and aching hearts,
And feet that from Thee rove,
The sick, the poor, the tired, the fallen,
We pray Thee, God of love.
We bring to Thee our hopes and fears
And at Thy footstool lay;
And, Father, Thou Who lovest all
Wilt hear us as we pray.
Now, if you are not a believer in Jesus Christ, I urge you to trust in Him because He is coming again and you do not want to be left behind. Here is how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and the consequences of sin.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.