The ministry of the watchman is that of intercession and spiritual warfare. Although they may have prophetic aspects Watchman intercessors many not necessarily stand in the office of a prophet. They very well could be an evangelist or pastor for example. Lets take a look at what scriptures tell us about this ministry.
“So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one.” EZKIEL 22:30
“I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem, who shall never hold their peace day or night. You who make mention of the Lord, do not keep silent and give Him no rest tile He establishes and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.” ISAIAH 62:6-7
Watchmen make continual intercession; they are always on duty, watching as the Holy Spirit directs them, both day and night. For example, I often will be awakened at odd hours of the night to pray. Sometimes the Lord shows me what to pray for but at other times I may groan in the spirit until I fall back asleep. I do not always know the end result of the prayers but sometimes I am shown later what I was in prayer about.
Standing in the gap while referring to the salvation brought by our Lord, also refers to the watchman intercessor’s function to pray according to the discernment or word given to them by the Holy Spirit. As an evangelist I spend much of the time praying for souls to be saved while another watchman may pray predominantly for the body of Christ or for family and friends. It all depends on one’s gift.
The watchman also gives warning. The prophet may warn the body of Christ, share about a move of God, or warn the sinner to turn to the Lord for salvation or they will be eternally lost. While I know evangelists who are not intercessors there are many of us who are. The watchman often senses spiritual and natural danger and may either just pray or give warning through a word to a situation as led by the Lord. The Greek word for “watch” means, “to be vigilant, wake, to be watchful.”
It is important to be a faithful watchmen for the consequences are high as the scriptures attest.
“Again the word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Son of man, speak to the children of your people, and say to them: ‘When I bring the sword upon a land, and the people of the land take a man from their territory and make him their watchman, when he sees the sword coming upon the land, if he blows the trumpet and warns the people, then whoever hears the sound of the trumpet and does not take warning, if the sword comes and takes him away, his blood shall be on his own head. He heard the sound of the trumpet, but did not take warning; his blood shall be upon himself. But he who takes warning will save his life. But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.’
“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. When I say to the wicked, ‘O wicked man, you shall surely die!’ and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand. Nevertheless if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul. “Therefore you, O son of man, say to the house of Israel: ‘Thus you say, “If our transgressions and our sins lie upon us, and we pine away in them, how can we then live?”’ Say to them: ‘As I live,’ says the Lord GOD, ‘I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn, turn from your evil ways! For why should you die, O house of Israel?” Ezekiel 33:11
It is not God’s will for people to go on in sin without a fair warning or to be destroyed because the enemy is attacking. God has watchman on the walls day and night who are alert in the Spirit praying for people, even you. Psalm 106:23 gives us the example of Moses making intercession for the nation of Israel. Moses stood in the gap pleading on behalf of others.
Another aspect of the watchman intercessor is that of burden bearing. The watchman prays much of the time in secret. Sometimes you will not even know who a watchman is; he could be your neighbor or friend! The watchman takes up the burden of another.
The Watchman gets the word from the lord and prays until there is a break through. You must remember that the devil and his evil ones are always working to destroy people. God gives his watchman the burden of another. Sometimes they will even feel in their body the pain, sorrow, grief, of another. Why? Because the Holy Spirit in the watchman is touched by our infirmities. Yes, God really does feel our pain!
“Oh, that one might plead for a man with God, as a man pleadeth for his neighbor!”
“Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself or you also may be tempted Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.. ..Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself without comparing himself to somebody else, for each one should carry his own load”
The watchman intercessor will also engage in spiritual warfare. I have read a lot of misunderstanding in this area. We need to make scriptures our source of truth and not just take a person’s word for something. But keep in mind, just because you may not experience something in God does not make it not true, just not true for you.
A point that I would like to make very clear to other intercessors is this; we do not battle the devil. God does. He fights for us by his Spirit and his angels, we just pray. Prayer releases heavenly activity. Without prayer God will not act. Why? Because he has protocol, spiritual laws that he abides by. God does act sovereignty but you can be rest assured that an intercessor is praying about it somewhere.
Watchman intercession may take a period of time, months, weeks, days or hours to come to the place of victory. This is called wrestling in prayer. Not that we are wrestling God but the angelic realm battling the demonic realm behind the scenes are in a battle in the spiritual realm. In the natural realm, in order to line up to God’s will, prayer to change a heart or circumstance may take a period of time. A good example of this is found in the book of Acts. Because “prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God,” Peter’s chains fell off from his hands,” “the iron gate … opened to them of its own accord,” and he was led out of the prison by an angel of God.
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” Ephesians 6:12,
The watchman intercessor may also travail in prayer at times. Travail is weeping that comes for the Holy Spirit inside our spirit. This is a form of prayer without words.
Romans 12:15 – Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn
with those who mourn.
“Let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare Thy people, O Lord, and give not Thine heritage to reproach…” Acts 12:5-12
“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:12,13
Check out these verses as well.
Ezra 10:1; Nehemiah 1:4; Isaiah 22:4 Jeremiah 13:17; 23:9 Lamentations 2:18-19; 3:48-51; Joel 2:12-13, 17; Hebrews 5:7 Joel 2:17
Watchman intercession can also involve fasting, which is to abstain from food for a short period of time while engaging in prayer. Deuteronomy 9:8-9, 12-20, 12-27; Ezra 10:6; Daniel 9:3-4
Watchman intercessors may also perform prophetic acts. Prophetic acts are supernatural and the watchman intercessor sees in the spirit what others do not see with their physical eyes and they hear what others do not hear with their physical ears. These prophetic acts are prayer performances in the Holy Spirit used to defeat the devil supernaturally. I often will box or do karate chops while praying against the devil. These are done in the Spirit and not by my own doing, in other words they are inspired movements. Examples of prophetic acts are stomping, waving flags, hand clapping, shouting, and marching.
Joshua 6:1-20. Joshua’s army was instructed to march around Jericho seven times and then shout to bring the city walls down
Judges 6:3-5, 7:19-22 Defeats of God’s enemies armies with Prophetic acts such as the use of ram horns, clay jars, blazing torches and shouting (Gideon)
Joshua 6 The Destruction of Jericho 1-5 Use of marching (7 rounds), ram horns, shouting (Joshua)
1 Samuel 7:3-11 Defeat enemies armies by pouring water: Put away foreign gods, gathered, drew water, poured before the Lord, offered burnt offering (Samuel)
Laughter also can occur when the victory comes. Many times I will laugh and shout whoohoo! That’s when I know the battle has been won but at other times I just get a big peace come over my whole being, it’s completed, Jesus has won! That’s because he always wins!
Then our mouths were filled with laughter and our tongues with joyful songs. Then the nations said, “The LORD has done spectacular things for them.” Psalm 126:2
Maranatha brethren !