Jesus gives a warning.
He knows the end from the beginning, and speaks of things not yet. “Be always on the WATCH and PRAY, that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen,” Now some would say, “Luke 21:36 only applied to the early Christians in Jerusalem who were warned of the coming Roman devastation in 70 A.D. And I am sure that when that time came there were believers who were always watching and praying. They would be able to escape the destruction. The verse continues showing that this warning is not just for the early church. “and that you will be able to stand before the Son of Man.”
Watch and pray.
Always! We live in a world no less sinful or dangerous than the first century Christians. Christ warned them to always watch and pray so as not to become entangle in sin. There are always consequences “about to happen” when we do not watch and pray. A word without thinking can boomerang back hitting us with feelings that range from regret to remorse. And simply because we were not watching and praying.
Able to stand.
Through the consequences of not paying attention nor seeking God’s will we eventually learn our lessons. To always watch and pray enables us to avoid entanglements in situations that can be avoided. And how wonderful it is to know that in doing so we “stand before the Son of Man.”