Watch… and Pray

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Praying boy

“Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Mark 14:38, ESV).

Watch and pray. In that order. What is it, exactly, that we need to be watching, as we pray? The Lord. Watch Him for His lead in prayer. Jesus explained the glorious principle that He intended to guide our everyday existence: “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does” (John 5:19, NIV).

Jesus, modeling for us what life in a human body is meant to look like, could do nothing on His own. He only did what He saw His Daddy doing. How did He see what His Daddy was doing? Watching. This is also how Jesus prayed all night. He tuned into His oneness with His Daddy. In doing so, He watched His Daddy. Through the Holy Spirit, Daddy God led Him all the way. Including in every single word of prayer.

You don’t have to come up with the words to pray. He will put them inside you. He will lead you the entire way. Tune into Him. Lean into your oneness with Him. Watch. And pray.


When you pray, do you lean in to find out how Daddy God wants to lead your prayer? If so, what is that like for you?

4 thoughts on “Watch… and Pray

  1. Yes, there’s a big difference between self-propelled prayers, and Focused on the Father prayers. Self propelled prayer is dry, and feels like it goes nowhere, where the anointing of Holy Spirit is very present and apparent during Focused on the Father prayer. I love the way Holy Spirit communicates these beautiful truths truths through your writing! Thank you again, and always for your faithfulness!

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