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7/7/16 at 08:15 AM 0 Comments

Studying the 8 Prayer Watches of the Bible

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I have been meditating on the prayer watches of the bible. Today I am sharing with you the knowledge I have gained through researching this interesting topic. This is the first of eight blogs I will share with you on this subject. The consensus of my studies indicate the history of the prayer watches start in the Jewish Calendar. The night was divided into military hours with the intent that soldiers would be on guard during these different time periods. The watches were initially divided into three watches.

The first or "beginning of the watches (Lam. 2:19) the middle watch, (Judges 7:19) and the morning watch (Exodus 14:24) The beginning watch from sunset to 10 P.M. the middle watch from 10 P.M. to 2 A.M. and the last watch from 2 A.M. to sunrise. The Roman government increased the number of watches to four, which became known as the first, second, third and fourth watch.

There are four watches of the night and four watches of the day. First Watch also known as the Evening Watch from 6:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. Second Watch from 9:00 P.M. to 12:00 A.M. Third Watch also known as the Breaking of Day Watch from 12:00 A.M. to 3:00 A.M. and the Fourth Watch or The Morning Watch from 3:00 A.M. to 6:00 A.M. The four watches of the day are: Fifth Watch aka the Early Morning Watch from 6:00 A.M. – 9:00 A.M. Sixth Watch 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. The Seventh Watch 12:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. and Eighth Watch 3:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.

Let’s look at some definitions. Watch a: to look at (someone or something) for an amount of time and pay attention to what is happening. b a period of time when a person or group is responsible for guarding or protecting someone or something. A division of time. Biblical definition of watchman: Used to designate a sentinel on the city walls (2 Samuel 18:25; 2 Kings 9:18;Psalms 127:1; Isaiah 62:6) or on the hilltops (Jeremiah 31:6). Song of Solomon 3:3;5:7 introduces another class, "the watchmen that go about the city," and thus, it would seem, points to some system of municipal police. The distinction in meaning between the various words is clear, tsopheh having the idea of "outlooker" and notser that of "careful watcher" (being applied even to besiegers from outside: Jeremiah, "watchers"), while shomer also embraces the idea of "defending" or "guarding." In Isaiah 21:6 metsappeh is to be taken generally in the sense of "watch." In Sirach 37:14 skopos, means simply "looker." (Encyclopedias - International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Watchman).

For the purpose of our study we understand that “watch” refers to looking at someone or something for an amount of time and paying attention to it as well as being responsible for guarding or protecting someone. The watchman has responsibility for being a careful watcher and sounding an alarm to warn the people of impeding danger. My husband, a Vietnam veteran related this story to me about his army buddy. They were fresh recruits who found themselves in Viet Nam after basic training. His buddy was sleeping on his “watch” when another soldier awakens him with a knife to his throat and told him if I catch you sleeping on your watch again I will slit your throat. I only have a few more days before I complete my term. So we see that the watchman must be alert at all times.

Jesus admonishes us to “Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time [of Christ’s coming] is. It is like a man going to a far country, who left his house and gave authority to his servants, and to each his work, and commanded the doorkeeper to watch” (Mark 13:33-37). Take heed to what he has said. We must read his word to know what God is saying to us. Watch for signs of what God has spoken and the manifestation of his word. Pray continuously and regularly that we can be close enough to God to hear his instructions.

THE FIRST WATCH: The Bible speaks of the different watches i.e. 1 Samuel 11:11, Exodus 14:24, Judges 14:26, Lamentation 2:19, and Matt 14:25. According to the Jewish Calendar starts at sunset 6:00 p.m. till 9:00 p.m. The bible says “men aught always to pray”. .

Each watch has its own set of duties/responsibilities or things that need to be attended to. The consensus is that this watch is the optimal time to cover the following:
This is a time when we should cry out to the father on behalf of our children. Lamentations 2:19 “19 Arise, cry out in the night: in the beginning of the watches pour out thine heart like water before the face of the Lord: lift up thy hands toward him for the life of thy young children, that faint for hunger in the top of every street.
A time to pray for healing. Mark 1:32-34King James Version (KJV)
32 And at even, when the sun did set, they brought unto him all that were diseased, and them that were possessed with devils.
33 And all the city was gathered together at the door.
34 And he healed many that were sick of divers’ diseases, and cast out many devils; and suffered not the devils to speak, because they knew him.

A time to mediate and focus. This article provides keys to understand how to pray during the first hour of watch. http://stormridersunite.blogspot.com/2009/07/8-prayer-watches-1st-watch.html

A time to repent on behalf of yourself, families, ministries, and government.
A time to pray for government, finances, welfare and justice, stewardship, education and belief systems.

My quest is to pray strategically and do the most damage to Satan’s kingdom and gain the most territories for God’s kingdom. I hope as you journey with me that you will find your “watch” and pray even more effectively. I will continue this blog to complete the 8 prayer watches of the Bible. If you have information or insight you would like to share please do so in the comment section. Looking forward to hearing from you.

SPEAK THE ANSWER AND NOT THE PROBLEM. THE ANSWER IS THE WORD OF GOD. Heavenly father we thank you for the shed Blood of Jesus and receive the covering and protection of that Blood. We thank you for the gift of the Holy Spirit, our guide from this life to the next, the one who brings all things to remembrance, enlighten us and give us greater understanding and revelation of your word. Your word declares in Isaiah 62:6 I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye 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. You encouraged us to ask for wisdom James 1:5 “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” Father it is our desire to be a terror to the enemy. Therefore, we ask for revelation knowledge to know the hour of our watch and how to pray more effectively and be warriors in tearing down Satan’s kingdom. We want to do our part in praying your will be done and your kingdom come. We praise and thank you for you are our God and we are your people and we seek to please you in every area of our lives.

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