“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).
There is a movement of prayer taking place all over the planet that is firmly rooted in Scripture. It is the call of God to His people to take their places on the wall as watchmen. Whether we look to the Old Testament or New, we find that God is calling us to watch and pray.
Our modern culture does not readily identify with the ancient concept of watchmen on the walls. To accept the Lord’s call to this great movement of prayer then, we will need to train ourselves in what it means to be a part of this great company of the “alert.”
It is clear that the job of a watchman is a continual commitment. It is not sporadic or dependent upon our feelings. Because of the life or death nature and constancy of the watchman’s task, it is an assignment for the many, not just the one. Believers working in tandem, sharing shifts of prayer, will be the most effective. Isaiah 62:6-7 describes an intensity that must be shared…day and night…never silent…give yourself no rest. Only groups of committed believers who band together in watchful prayer will be able to stay at their post.
Father, I want to take my place on the wall! Give me a deep desire to seek Your holy face continually throughout the day and night. I want to be a watchful pray-er – part of a community of believers who seek Your heart without ceasing. Teach me to be faithful!
–Adapted from the article The Task of the Watchman by Dave Butts. Click the link to read the entire article. Check out Dave’s new book Forgotten Power: A Simple Theology of a Praying Church available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount on the book.
Give glory and honor to God as one whose wisdom and knowledge are too vast and deep ever to be grasped by the human mind. Thank the Father for having revealed himself in human, finite form in his Son, Jesus (Jn. 14:7). Confess the times during this week when you have failed to look to Jesus for help in understanding the Father’s heart and mind. Commit yourself daily to prayer for this understanding (Eph. 1:17). Ask God to open the eyes of your heart as you look to Jesus and study his life and words in the gospels.
Pray for those who speak of God’s Word on the radio and television, that they may clearly present the wisdom of the cross to those whose minds are darkened (1 Cor. 2:11-14).
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