Friday, October 07, 2005

Watch for Watchmen!

“Intercessors have strategic assignments in their prayer closets. The prayer closet is like those ancient watchtowers. From there, they can scour ‘the spiritual horizon’ like air traffic controllers. They often sense spiritual things discerning the good from the bad, the welcome from the unwelcome. In prayer, God sometimes exposes the enemy’s plans and show the intercessor ‘the cards that Satan is holding.’” Eddie and Alice Smith


•t's time to be watchful and blow the trumpet. It's time for all of us in the body of Christ to get serious about fasting, prayer and evangelism. We are living in an unusual hour. Major things are happening worldwide every week. Many of us watch the news daily to see in the natural what is happening, but God wants us to watch and see spiritually what is occurring on the earth. Just in this last month so many things have happened. It is time for all of us to get our lives in order before the Lord, become watchful in prayer, and find our position as God’s watchmen on the watchtower. Intercessors are front-line soldiers. They see into the distance, observe what is happening, and lean forward in prayer. Sometimes they see with eyes of discernment, at other times they may see things way in advance. God gives them insight in order to intercede. The Greek word for “watch” means “to be vigilant, wake, to be watchful.”

“A watchman on the wall does many things. He carefully watches what is happening and alerts the community when good ambassadors approach the city… A watchman also warns the city, far in advance when an enemy approaches. He sounds an alarm to awaken the people because he knows ‘to forewarn them is to alert and arm them.’ Then they quickly can rally to take their stand on the wall against the enemy before he wrongfully tries to enter into the city.” Jim Goll

What does watching mean for you? What does God wants you to concentrate on in prayer? What has he given you a burden or discernment for? It may be your school, neighborhood, city, nation or a particular people group? This is where you need to watch and pray. When you see danger coming, you pray and ask others to pray. You cry out to God to bring salvation, deliverance and make His name known. You pray against evil intruding in the area where you are keeping watch. You say “no” to the powers of darkness in Jesus’ Name. You pray for God’s peace instead of fear, for life instead of death, for hope instead of hopelessness. At the same time, all of us need to pray diligently for the nations. You are called to pray for your president, prime minister or king. You must be vigilant as a watchman for your nation. Although you may get weary and tired, you have a responsibility. You are on watch.

“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing but the body is weak.” (Matthew 26:41)

We lived on a ship for many years that brought the light of the Gospel to many nations. Every hour of every day watchmen had to be on duty. These watchmen kept alert to any possible dangers that came toward our ship whether it was dangerous weather, thieves, fire, etc. They walked through the ship hourly, they kept awake, they listened for unusual sounds, they watched for intruding enemies. During their watch, they stayed alert. They knew that being a watchman was a serious responsibility.

You and I are in a serious spiritual war. Failing to take our post during these days of uncertainty could lead to serious consequences. We must be vigilant and not apathetic. We must be careful and not lax. We must watch with a serious gaze to all that God is saying and doing. Our families, our churches, our missionaries and our nations are important. If watchmen do not keep their post on a ship during serious weather conditions, it could mean the loss of the ship and every person on board. One example is the Titantic that sunk very quickly because the watchmen were not doing their job. May you and I seize the moment and keep our watch.

•God is Raising up Watchmen

“I have posted watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night. You who call on the Lord, give yourselves no rest, and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth.” (Isaiah 62:6-7)

The need for day and night prayer for our cities is urgent. The following is adapted from George Otis, Jr.

"If the Church is the nations best hope, it must be awakened from its slumber and fast. Revival must become an urgent priority, not just a theological or historical curiosity. Its promotion must become the task of every pulpit; its implementation the responsibility of every believer. For this to happen, desperate intercessors must prevail upon God to provoke within His people a deep and widespread dissatisfaction with the religious status quo.

(The Church) needs godly shepherds who will refuse resolutely to downplay the urgency of the hour and the seriousness of the present condition. She requires committed prophets who will seize every opportunity to acknowledge with Ezekiel: "Our offenses and sins weigh us down, and we are wasting away because of them" (Ezekiel 33:10). We have come to the point, both as a Church, where we can no longer coast on the momentum of past deeds and choices. Our relationship with God has gone fallow, and it can only be restored through true repentance and unreserved obedience.

In this unsettled hour, the eyes of the Lord are upon His people. Will He find faith in the earth? Will He find a hunger for His presence? Will He find a ready remnant through whom He can speak to the nations and its leaders? Let us press in to hear what the Spirit has to say to the Church. If this requires us to suspend, at least temporarily, some of our most cherished routines - let us seize the moment!"

•Seize the Moment in Watchful Prayer

"Lord, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, O Lord. Renew them in our day, in our time make them known in wrath remember mercy." (Habakkuk 3:2)

Pray that Christians worldwide would confess pride, arrogance, and divisions and truly humble themselves before the Lord.

Pray that the leaders of your nation would not boast of and trust in their own military might, but continually walk in dependence upon the Lord to help them carry out His mandate.

Pray that there would be a real spirit of repentance and a turning to the Lord.
Pray that multitudes will receive the revelation that salvation is found only in His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ.
Pray that in the pressures coming upon the nations, there would be a great and lasting turning to the Lord, and that through His judgments, the nations will learn righteousness (Isaiah 26:9) and that His judgments may be tempered by His mercy (Isaiah 54:8, 60:10).
When you are tempted to get anxious about what is happening around you, remember this: God is watching over you. You need not fear. He is in total control. Lift up your eyes and see His glory.

“I lift up my eyes to the hills - where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip - he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord watches over you - the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all harm - he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” (Psalm 121)

•Prayer Opportunities
Praying through the Window - October 1-31 - www.win1040.com
Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem - October 2, 2005 - www.daytopray.com
30 Days Muslim Prayer Focus - October 5 - November 3, 2005 - www.30-days.net
World Vision 30-Hour Famine - October 28-29 - www.30hourfamine.org
International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church - www.persecutedchurch.org
Target 40/70 - www.globalharvest.org

“Watchmen are ordinarily placed on the walls of a city to give notice to the rulers of coming danger. God appoints watchmen not only to warn men - often they will not hear - but also to summon Him to come to their aid whenever need or the enemy may be threatening. The great mark of the intercessors are that they are not to hold their peace day or night, to take no rest, and to give God no rest, until the deliverance comes. In faith they may count upon the assurance that God will answer their prayers.” Andrew Murray

Together in the Harvest, Debbie Przybylski, Intercessors Arise
deb@intercessorsarise.org
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