God has been stirring in me a fresh awakening to prayer in the hour and the generation that we live in. When I look at my identity as a Christian and I read the scriptures in order to align my walk in faith with God’s calling and purpose, I see one main thread that commonly identifies us and unites us as believers. That main thread is our call as Watchmen. The call to prayer as a believer is simply a call to be in constant communication with God, our Father. Without that communication, there is no relationship and no life in this walk. If we are not connected to God in that integral way, it will ultimately lead to a dismantling of our relationship with Him altogether.
I am sure most of us have experienced this with a relationship in our lives. The more we communicate with one another, the deeper our trust and faith in a person becomes. It helps us to know one another’s hearts and intentions and it produces a love that cannot easily be shaken. The lack of communication with an individual, and the more time that passes between quality conversation and fellowship, the easier it is to grow apart and for division to creep in. The same concept applies to our relationship with God. Prayer is our communication and fellowship with Him and it needs to be nurtured and cultivated just as much as our relationships with our fellow human beings.
1 John 5:14 says, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.
Our God is waiting and longing for us to speak to Him. As the scripture above says so clearly to us, if we confidently approach Him, He hears us. We find that confidence in our constant, continual relationship with Him, knowing that we are sons, and if sons, then heirs with Christ. We have a direct line to the ear of our Father.
Now that we have established the importance of our consistency in prayer, there is a great call in this place of prayer that God looks to us to fulfill as His partners here on earth. That call is one of a Watchman. What does the word “Watchman” mean? In the Bible, the word watchman refers to the position of being an out looker, a careful watcher, defending or guarding.
Ezekiel 33:7 says, “So you, son of man: I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore you shall hear a word from My mouth and warn them for Me.”
Hab. 2:1 says, “I will stand on my guard post and station myself on the rampart; And I will keep watch to see what He will speak to me, And how I may reply when I am reproved.”
Out of a place of relationship with our God comes a higher call in the place of prayer to be His watchmen, to keep guard over His land and His people, and to contend for them in the Spirit! I am asking the Lord to tune our spiritual senses that He would give us eyes to see in this hour so that we can be effective and bring about change in His kingdom. Stand with me in the place of prayer as we press into a deeper call from a place of relationship so that we can battle together with the Lord for His purposes on the earth. I hear a sound in the distance. I feel the ground beginning to shake. It’s the sound of God’s watchmen sounding an alarming and doing battle in prayer for heaven to come to earth!