Sleeplessness In Prayer
By R. A. Torrey
“Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man” (Luke 21:36). According to this passage there is only one way in which we can be prepared for the coming of the Lord when He appears, that is, through much prayer. The coming again of Jesus Christ is a subject that is awakening much interest in our day, but it is one thing to be interested in the Lord’s return, and to talk about it, and quite another thing to be prepared for it.
We live in an atmosphere that has a constant tendency to unfit us for Christ’s coming. The world tends to draw us down by its gratifications, and by its cares. There is only one way by which we can rise triumphant above these things—by constant watching unto prayer, that is, by sleeplessness unto prayer.
“Watch” in this passage is the same strong word used in Ephesians 6:18, and “always” the same strong phrase “in every season.” The man who spends little time in prayer, who is not steadfast and constant in prayer, will not be ready for the Lord when He comes. But we may be ready. How? Pray! Pray! Pray!