For God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
~2 Corinthians 4:6
Early in the morning on November 14, 2021, I was worshiping Jesus, inviting Him to share His heart. He began speaking to me about “The watch of the Lord.”
Intercessors often describe the “watch of the Lord” as an all-night prayer meeting; watching and praying for Israel; or perhaps being “watchful” against the enemy. All are essential!
Yet at this particular time, I felt a strong desire in Christ’s heart for us to remember to WATCH HIM.
CALLED TO WATCH
The disciples' first authentic "watch of the Lord" began the day they could no longer see Jesus in person.
The Lord instructed His followers to gather and pray for the powerful gift the Father would pour out on them (Acts 1-2). The disciples watched and prayed until they saw the Lord return in a new form: the person of the Holy Spirit!
Believers will not see healings, resurrections, or any greater works if we do not understand that spiritual gifts are not simply “tools” in our arsenal.
Just as every fruit of the Spirit IS the Spirit of God; so every gift of the Spirit IS Jesus Himself - and vice versa!
Christ IS the Word of Knowledge. He IS Wisdom Incarnate! To encounter Jesus is to encounter the prophetic, healing, and miracles!
Believers are meant to watch the Lord closely enough to see the very movement of His eyes. (See Psalm 32:8) We know nothing and can do nothing without understanding Christ’s heart. We MUST watch!
When Jesus was facing His worst trial in Gethsemane, He asked His disciples to watch and pray. Sadly, his closest friends failed to watch for Him and ended up betraying Him.
As we experience increasing levels of evil in these end times, it’s even more important to be watchful so that we avoid the dangers of attacks and the temptation of apostasy.
Are you watching? Are you living near enough to God’s heart to discern His slightest move? Can He call you His close friend?
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A severe hearing loss from childhood caused Deborah Perkins to develop what she now calls her secret weapon: tuning in to God's voice. A Wellesley College graduate and an award-winning writer, Deborah is now a wife and mother of 3 boys. Deborah has devoted over 25 years to professional and lay Christian ministry in New England and beyond. Her passion is inspiring people to cultivate greater intimacy with God.