In an attempt to get His disciples to stay awake and “watch”, Jesus asked them “could you not watch with me one hour?” (Matt 26:40, Mark 14:37). He came back the second time and said to them “watch and pray” (Matt 26:41) so that we will not fall into temptation. And on the third attempt He said to them “sleep on”. We can gather 3 dynamics from these statements and they include the fact that “watching and praying are two different things; yet you can watch while praying and you pray while watching. This means that there is a difference between watching and praying or “praying without ceasing”.
- Praying For at least 1 hour.
WATCHING & PRAYING+
There is a time to watch, a time to pray and a time to pray for at least 1 hour, regardless of how many times you may have prayed in a day. Jesus said “Watch for 1 Hour” not “Pray for 1 hour.” This means there is a need for us to individually take shifts or watch for at least 1 hour irrespective of the number of times we pray. When Jesus went back to His disciples the third time and found them sleeping, He said to them ” sleep on now”. In order words, they had slept past their watch hour and the evil that was to come was now in motion; there was no need praying for that hour anymore. A very important event or “watch hour” that preceded the crucifixion of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We must understand that each watch carries a release, destiny, a call; and should be taken seriously. By Jesus’ standard, watching for 1 hour is the minimum we should do and it is important to watch especially when we are led or get promptings to do so.
8 WATCHES ON THE CLOCK
There are 8 watches in a day ( 4 watches at night and 4 watches at night).
FOUR CORNERS OF THE EARTH
Regardless of the shape of the earth (round, square, sphere, flat, etc), the bible clearly states that there are four corners of the earth (Rev. 7:1). We can see reflections of this truth with the North, South, East, West Poles, which we all agree on. Based on this understanding, the watches of the night and day can be determined by first drawing a CROSS representing Four Corners. In that CROSS are four points (N, S, E, W). Now make a ROUND CLOCK OF 24 HOURS that match the cross – as seen in the diagram below.
FOUR WATCHES OF THE NIGHT
As seen below, these watches come with special assignments, release, instructions and revelations.
- 1ST WATCH: 6pm – 9pm (Unlocking Destinies, etc) Gen 24:62, Luke 8
- 2ND WATCH: 9pm – 12am (Midnight) – (Time of Visitations & Acts of Change) Mark 6:47
- 3RD WATCH: 12am – 3am (Much spiritual activity) Luke 12:38
- 4TH WATCH: 3am – 6am (Angelic Release, Encounters, e.g Jacob) Matt 14:25, Matt 14:26, Gen 28:12; Gen 32:21)
4 WATCHES OF THE DAY
- 1st Watch: 6am – 9am
- 2nd Watch: 9am – 12pm
- 3rd Watch: 12pm – 3pm
- 4th Watch: 3pm- 6pm
HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN YOU SHOULD WATCH?
Ask God when is your watch? Where should you stand? Each watch carries a release, destiny, a call. Each day has to be taken care of. You don’t have to pray all 3 hours in a watch and you don’t have to stand on all watches. We all take turns and shifts, this is why when someone does not take their turn, the body can experience an attack that it may never truly recover from.
Habakkuk 2:1 says “I will stand upon my WATCH to see what He will say to me. Every-time you stand upon your watch, you receive direction, revelation, guidance and more – from the Lord.