“Watch therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass …” (Luke 21:36).
The reticence of fathers to pray with and for their families, their functional absence as a spiritual watchman over their families, leaves the home unsecured spiritually and unprotected. Watching in prayer is not only a message to heaven that we are vigilant and alert, ready to hear and respond, to act for and with God, but it is also a signal to hell, that the home has a form of spiritual security. That the wireless link has been activated and a connection with God has commenced. This home is under surveillance. A watchman is taking an interest in the place or person, the city or some slice of society, and that engages God.
Sadly Adam saw – the tree, the serpent, the fruit and Eve’s grasp of it, but he did not watch! Watching is the intercessory means by which we simultaneously see a situation in the earth and prayerfully engage God about the matter. We may be powerless to solve the problem or stop the illegal activity, but our prayer is an insider 911 call to God. Intercession puts us, consciously and willfully ‘on the bridge’ between heaven and earth, God and some other person or problem, some opportunity or obstacle. It was Adam who was called to this post. And it is a husband, a father, who carries the primary responsibility of ‘watching’ over his house. A man may have the strength to fight off an intruder, but he is powerless within himself to deal with either the deceit or deadly force of the Evil One. In watching – praying – he invokes God’s involvement. Every man is called to ‘watch’ and pray – over his family. It is the most important contribution he can make. Adam saw – but he did not ‘watch’ prayerfully over either Eve or the garden, he did not appeal in the moment of temptation to God, the Creator, when the Serpent suggested that an alternative spiritual option.
God, remind us a men, as husbands and fathers, that we do not pray for our families out of our own righteousness or spiritual vitality, but the act is rather a declaration of our dependence on you. The act of prayer itself is bigger than us!