A Praying Life
This is the second part of the series on the 8 prayer watches of the Bible. There are four watches of the night and four watches of the day First Watch also known as the Evening Watch from 6:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. Second Watch from 9:00 P.M. to 12:00 A.M. Third Watch also known as the Breaking of Day Watch from 12:00 A.M. to 3:00 A.M. and the Fourth Watch or The Morning Watch from 3:00 A.M. to 6:00 A.M. The four watches of the day are: Fifth Watch aka the Early Morning Watch from 6:00 A.M. – 9:00 A.M. Sixth Watch 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. The Seventh Watch 12:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. and Eighth Watch 3:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
We discussed that each watch has a different set of duties, purpose or function. The watchman during the first watch per Lamentations 2:19 cries out to our heavenly father on behalf of the children. Mark 1:32-34, Luke 4:40 talks about this watch being a time when Jesus healed many. The focus of this watch is A time to repent on behalf of yourself, families, ministries, and government.A time to pray for government, finances, welfare and justice, stewardship, and education. Pray for transformation of the hearts of men everywhere.
THE SECOND WATCH: From 9:00 p.m. to midnight. This watch is a time of being still before God, listening for his voice and instructions. It is a time for thanksgiving and a time to expect visitation from God. To look for God to move on our behalf and provide protection.
The enemy loves to operate under the cover of darkness. God is ever present to provide deliverance and protection. God visits Paul and Silas about midnight and delivered them (Acts 16:25). David prayed, praised and expected God to visit during the night watch (Psalms 63:6, 119:48, 119:55).
The watchman of this hour sees the enemy from afar off and entreats God to arise and scatter the enemy (Psalm 68) (Psalm 35). This is a time to listen for and ask for strategic solutions to defeat the enemy and bind up Satanic influences that come to hinder and delay the work of God in the body of Christ. Pray for divine favor, divine connection, outpouring of God’s grace and mercy.
Pray that God will seal his instructions in your heart. Job 33:14For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not.15In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed;16Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction,17That he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man.18He keepeth back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword.
SPEAK THE ANSWER NOT THE PROBLEM. THE ANSWER IS THE WORD OF GOD. Heavenly father we come to you in the name of your son, Jesus Christ giving you glory, honor and praise. We are so grateful that you have called and appointed us as watchman on the wall. Enlighten the eyes of our understanding to comprehend the work that you have assigned to our hands. Instruct and guide us with your eyes that we may see and be alert in the spiritual realm. Give us eagle eye vision, ears to hear, heart to obey and courage to boldly declare what you give us to speak.
Help us to understand the times and signs of the season that we may be prepared to withstand the plans, plots and strategies of the enemy. Let every intercessor be on their post and know their calling and purpose as the watchman of the hour. Jesus, our savior, redeemer we seek your blood protection as we go about our duties. Holy spirit we surrender completely to you and your guidance for the watchman watches in vain except you keep the city.
We ask for the warring angels to assist us in guarding every gate to the city. We decree that he is evicted out of our cities, we displaced demonic powers, influences and activities in the heavenliness and declare that the enemy shall not rule over us. We decree that righteousness, holiness, sanctification is established in this region. Thank you for dispatching warring angels with their swords dipped in the Blood of Jesus to assist us with taking back territories and establishing it once again for your kingdom.
Let the gates of salvation be open in this region. Let the gates of evangelism and revivals be open in this region that you the King of Glory can come in to rule and reign over our region. Let the gates in this region be closed to demonic activities, lies, delusions and violence in Jesus’s name. Let your love cover us, mercy, truth and grace run in the streets and let your glory arise and cover this region.
Encompass us with your favor that all around us will see that we are yours, we are blessed and they will be afraid for you are with us. For this cause we bow our knees to you, lift up our voices and give you thanks for ALL POWER BELONGS TO YOU.