Matthew 25-12 But He replied, I solemnly declare to you, I do not know you—I am not acquainted with you.
Matthew 25:13 Watch therefore—give strict attention and be cautious and active—for you know neither the day nor the hour when the Son of Man will come. Amp.
Acquaintance d) knowledge of something or someone gotten from personal experience or contact.
Watch c) to keep awake, watch, be vigilant
Watch d) the act or fact of keeping awake especially in order to protect or guard
Vigilant d) staying watchful and alert to danger or trouble
In Matthew 25 Jesus is talking to the foolish virgins who were asking the Lord to open the (now shut) door to them. Why is the door shut to them? He says, “I do not know you.”
How do we get to know Jesus? He says in verse 13,” to watch for you do not know when He is going to come.” In other words be on the lookout for His return. Be always alert to danger or trouble bringing all to Him in prayer. He must be your refuge, safety and protection.
Matthew 26:41 All of you must keep awake (give strict attention, be cautious) and watch and pray that you may not come into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, bit the flesh is weak.
Jesus was talking to His disciples before His crucifixion, telling them the same thing. They fell asleep and did not have the needed strength and ran away. Prayer changes us and gives us strength that we cannot see. It is harder on the flesh to spend an hour in prayer than it is to sit in Church listening to the preacher. It does not mean we do not need to hear the preacher. It is just easier to do. The harder on the flesh, the greater the blessing.
There can be times when the Lord has said yes to your prayer and you are waiting for the answer to come. That is the time to bind the spirits that would try to stop you from getting your answer. That is what watch means to me. If I am praying for a person regularly and I hear news of them going to the Doctor for tests, that is a danger signal. I am to pray and bind Satan about the test results and any symptoms they may have.
If you are really vigilant and cautious about what you pray, you will have a lot to pray about. Then when Jesus comes He will know you because you have spent so much time talking to Him. There is never a time when we can take a break or a vacation from prayer. Satan never takes a vacation. If you go out of town or get a new job. you still have to put Jesus at the beginning of your day. He must come first. We are not to face the world without being with Jesus first.
This should be every Christians desire first thing everyday. He is always there waiting for us. Let’s not disappoint our wonderful Bridegroom!
SUBJECT — PRAYER — CH SPURGEON
He who has been with God in the closet will find God with him in the furnace. If we have cried, we will be answered. He who is diligent in prayer will never be destitute of hope.