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Prayer Watches

Prayer Watches


The Hebrew term "shamar" is frequently used throughout Scripture and is the term used in Genesis 2:15 "Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend (watch) and keep it." The term to "tend and keep" is "shamar" often used for the term "watch" biblically. It connotes a highly attentive position towards the "garden" God has given us to tend. To watch is God's first command to man as He created Him. We are therefore all called to "watch."

Biblically, the term "watch" is used as frequently as prayer, and connotes a level of spiritual attentiveness to issues through prayer (Our conversation in prayer toward God is key).

Four Watches Cover 24 Hours
1st (6pm-9pm)three hours 2nd (9pm-12noon)three hours
3rd (12noon-3am) nine hours 4th (3am-6am) three hours
The Hebrew watch was divided into three watches, the first, middle and morning watch. As the Roman influence and supremacy was established, the number of watches increased to four and were described in numerical order.

The Significant 4th Watch (night-watch)
During the 4th watch there are significant power encounters that make way for the Kingdom of God to penetrate the earth. Such prayers are highly protective and carry transforming power particularly when linked with other watchmen.

Furthermore, Jesus' parable of the sower and the seed represents a reflection of Kingdom dynamics. After all, it is Jesus who said The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. Matthew 13:24-25. The 4th watch is a powerful time of both personal and corporate breakthrough into His presence. God is looking for Samuel's today who will respond to Him when the 3am wake-up call comes by saying, "What is it Lord, here am I."

We need people to sign up for what hour of the day they want to take in intercession. We are trying to fill the 24/7 around the clock schedule... so we need to know what days and hours you will be praying. Let us know, Thank you.

The Lord Attends Prayer Watches
Church History Of Prayer Watches...
Bangor, Ireland 555 A.D.
In a little village in northern Ireland 2,000-3,000 people began praying 24 hours a day with particular emphasis on the night watches.

The Island of Rhodes, 1080 A.D.
A Christian order, the Knights of Saint John Watch established 24 hour prayer to Stand against the enemies of the faith, to preserve the unity of the faith, and to defend our lords, the sick and the poor.(1) From this fortress 2,000 knights withheld enemy advancement into Europe several times through the centuries with many times their number. The Knights were a tremendous example of watching, standing their ground while God arose and their enemies were scattered.

Herrnhut, Germany, 1727...
In the early 1700s, in the tiny village of Herrnhut, Germany, a remarkable move of God was born. In this village, torn apart by denominational differences, the Spirit of the Lord fell and launched a prayer movement that literally changed the course of Christian history.
Count Nicholaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf, encouraged the townsfolk to meet together to pray and worship. As they worshipped and prayed together, Gods presence descended. His Spirit and their hunger inspired them to start praying unceasingly 24 hours a day 7 days a week. As they cooperated with His Spirit, God moved, the churches united, and prayer mobilized for over a hundred years. The world would never be the same again as countless revivals were sparked in Europe and America through their influence and prayers.

Swansea, Wales, Welsh Bible College, 1930.
Rees Howells, founder of the Welsh Bible College, received a burden to intercede for nations and mobilized 24 hour prayer at the Bible College.

Prayer watches operate under the fear of the Lord and intimacy with God.

1 Sam 4:16 Now when he came, there was Eli, sitting on a seat by the wayside watching, for his heart trembled for the ark of God. And when the man came into the city and told it, all the city cried out.

Psalm 63:3-7 Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips shall praise You. Thus I will bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name. My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness, And my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips. When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches. Because You have been my help therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice. My soul follows close behind You; Your right hand upholds me.

Psalm 119: 147-152 I rise before the dawning of the morning, and cry for help; I hope in Your word. My eyes are awake through the night watches, that I may meditate on Your word. Hear my voice according to Your loving kindness; O Lord, revive me according to Your justice. They draw near who follow after wickedness; They are far from Your law. You are near, O Lord, and all Your commandments are truth. Concerning Your testimonies, I have known of old that You have founded them forever.

Psalm 130:5-6 I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, And in His word I do hope. My soul waits for the Lord More than those who watch for the morning-- Yes, more than those who watch for the morning.

Isaiah 52:8 Your watchmen shall lift up their voices, With their voices they shall sing together; For they shall see eye to eye When the Lord brings back Zion.

Luke 12:37 Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching. Assuredly, I say to you that he will gird himself and have them sit down to eat, and will come and serve them.

God's blessings flow through prayer watches

Proverbs 8:34 Blessed is the man who listens to
me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.

Song of Solomon 3:3-4 The watchmen who go about the city found me; I said, 'Have you seen the one I love?' Scarcely had I passed by them, when I found the one I love I held him and would not let him go.

Did you know the following about Prayer Watches?

* They promote intimacy with God
* They protect defensively and offensively
* The night watches are extremely strategic and
carry significant spiritual weight.
* Watches help establish government
* Watches pave the way for the future