Paul said – 2 Cor 6: 5 “in watchings, in fastings”; 2 Cor 11: 27 “in watchings often,”
Eph 6: 13 “and watching” thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints”
Paul encouraged the church to watch and pray.
The expression “Watchman” comes from the word “Tsaphah” which means “to look out, peer into the distance, spy, keep watch, to scope something out: especially in order to see approaching danger and to warn those who are endangered”
The amplified Bible says “Keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance interceding on behalf of all the saints”
In the Old Testament the watchmen referred to were “soldiers” or “prophets and intercessors”. The soldiers stood on the walls of the city and watched out for the enemy so that they wouldn’t be taken by surprise – they were there for protection and to raise the alarm. The prophets/intercessors watched out for the things of God. They brought revelation of God’s plans and purposes, His warnings & corrections to the people just as prophets & intercessors do today. Habakkuk 2: 1 says ” I will stand my watch And set myself on the rampart, And watch to see what He will say to me, And what I will answer when I am corrected”.
Isaiah 62: 6 “I have set watchmen upon your walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: you that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence, 7 And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.”
Ezekiel 3:17 Son of man, I have made you a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.
The Watchmen who guarded the walls in Nehemiah had swords in their hands. When we watch in prayer we need to be prepared with the sword of the Spirit at our side.
Have you ever woken you up in the night and been burdened to pray for someone? I think God wakes us at night or prompts us to pray at night because that is when the enemy is mostly at work -in darkness. The enemy has a strategy against us. In watchings, we can receive revelation and pray against the strategies and work of the enemy. This is why there is a great need for watchmen in the Church. People who will be alert and watch out and pray into what God reveals.
Jesus told us that we need to watch & pray in connection with His return and when in the last days so that we are not deceived.
Mark 13:33 “Take heed, watch and pray: for you know not when the time is”.
37 “And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.”
Luke 21:36 “Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that you may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man”.
There are hindrances to watching. One is our flesh– Jesus said to His Disciples
Matt 26:40 And he came to the disciples, and found them asleep, and said to Peter, What, could you not watch with me one hour? 41 Watch and pray, that you enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
I pray that there will be a rising up of the watchmen in these days who will take up their places on the watchtowers and ramparts and watch & pray at all times of the day and night.