The subject of "Watching" has recently surfaced in my fellowship with other Christians in active ministry. The question arose, "What is 'watching'?" I'd like to share these thoughts with hope that you will learn to "watch" more often.
First - Watching comes from the battlefield when "watchmen" were stationed at strategic places and times to keep alert to the possible movement of the enemy. It was their job to warn of impending attack soon enough to give the home armed forces time to meet the enemy and gain the advantage. In Christian circles this speaks of watching out for the movement of our enemy, Satan. Peter reminds us in 1 Peter 5:8, "Be sober, be vigilant; because you adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour." That gives a clear picture of the danger believers face and the need to alert them to impending attacks.
Second - Watching also give comfort to the armed forces in knowing they are protected by the faithfulness of the watchmen. Christians have a certain confidence in knowing what the watchmen see and the believers can know they are being cared for.
Third - Watching also speaks of staying alert to the commands of the leaders and their instructions for the armed forces to make certain moves to conquer the enemy in order to bring freedom to captives. Believers are called on by God to "fight the good fight" of faith and to listen to God's instructions as to how they can best reach out to the lost held captive in Satan's kingdom.
Fourth - Watching also speaks of alerting the armed forces to the arrival of their leaders in order that the forces can gather together to welcome their leaders' arrival. This is exactly why Jesus spoke in Mark 13:37 about "watching." In verse 35 Jesus spoke about our not knowing when "the Master" would come.
Finally - Watching is an activity to do in prayer, 1 Peter 4:7 - "But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers." In prayer we should be "watching" over our Christian family praying for their protection and their readiness to serve the Master. We should be praying for believers in their active ministry reaching out to the lost. We should be watching in prayer for those who are facing trials and tribulations, remembering those who are held in bondage for their faith, Hebrews 13:3.
Let us be Watchful!