The Power of Remembrance in Intercession

“I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. I will consider all your works and meditate on all your mighty deeds.” Psalms 77:11-12

There is such a powerful theme of remembrance in Scripture. God instructed the Israelites to build family rhythms, feasts and celebrations around the stories of old. Rocks were stacked in memorial in significant places of history so that every time a father would pass by with his children, he could remind the next generation of what God had done and the torch they were meant to carry for the generation after them.

While we live in a time of significant opposition, when evil is called good and good evil, there is encouragement for us as intercessors in the living Word of God. When we study the Word of God in its entirety, we are reminded that nothing is new under the sun, that God never changes, and that He will and always shall respond to a people who fast and cry out to Him with their whole heart.

When a woman finds out she’s pregnant, she often shifts her nutrition and lifestyle to promote the health of her baby. We, like that pregnant woman, are carrying God-sized vision for our families, communities and nation. Let’s incubate these promises in the nurturing environment of testimony and believe God for the greatest outpouring we’ve ever seen in the months ahead.

Prayer: God, thank you for what you’ve already done. By Your grace, I set my heart to remember your deeds and my mouth to declare Your testimony. What you’ve done before, you’ll do again, and the latter rain will be greater than the former! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Hannah Savage, [M]Watch Senior Leadership Team

Shodding Our Feet with the Gospel of Peace

We are living in an hour where we are witnessing unprecedented civil unrest and violence in our nation. We must take hold of the armor of God like never before. One of the Church’s greatest weapons is perhaps the most underused. In Ephesians 6:15, Paul writes to the Church of Ephesus that it is to arm itself by shodding its feet with the “Gospel of Peace.” Friends, the Gospel truly cannot be underestimated. To combat the spiritual and natural forces that are fueling racism, fear and violence, communications within the body of Christ must spring from a place of peace. Our words, conversations and messaging should present a Gospel that is moved to action, offensive in nature, attacking the white noise of passivity and silence with proclamations of peace.  We must show empathy, compassion and love, while equally demonstrating an unwavering courage for righteousness, truth and justice in this hour.

Scripture“Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace” (Ephesians 6:14-15, NIV).

Prayer: O Father, cleanse my speech and thoughts. I confess that I have held critical thoughts and conversations that were not plumb lined with Your Gospel. Father, I have contributed to the lawless condition of our nation. Father, we ask that you send the rains of Your Spirit that bring a cleansing and conviction to Your Church and to this nation. Your Word declares, “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the sons of God” (Matt. 5:9, ESV). God, release Your sons in this hour, your “peacemakers.” 

Darrian Summerville, Director of [M]Watch

The Hiddenness, Humility and Honor of the Night Watch

One of the greatest challenges for those accepting their call to pray in the night is the rigorous physical and spiritual toll it can have on your heart and body. I’ve often thought of the night watch as being the “under-rower” in the kingdom. The word means servant, but the Greek translation is, hypērétēs which means, (hypó, “under” and ēressō, “to row”) – properly, a rower (a crewman on a boat), an “under-rower”.

The “under-rower” was an oarsman who served in the lowest level of a three-banked ship. These men were hidden from view. They were generally slaves who were chained to their post and often perished when ships sank. This word emphasizes service. While they never received recognition or honor for their position, their assignment was directly tied to the success or failure ship.

The Watchmen who prays in the night is much like the “under-rower” in that it’s role is vital for successfully shifting the spiritual atmosphere and climate over our cities. The night watch intercessor requires a diligent and spirited heart who is fit to bear the stigma of being unvalued, unrecognized and unrewarded in man’s eyes for their service. Yet, carry the assurance that God hears the sound of their cries - our cries - in the night. While this may be rare in this day and age, the Holy Spirit is raising a prayer force in the night that will contribute to the greatest breakthrough of deliverance in our nation.

Scripture: “A Song of Ascents. Behold, bless the LORD, all servants of the LORD, Who serve by night in the house of the LORD!” Psalm 134:1

Prayer: Oh Lord, You are my treasure and worth. In you, oh Lord, do I place my heart. When I’m tired, you are my strength.  Father, strengthen my feeble knees to continue to serve you in the night. In mundaneness, encounter our hearts with passion and life!

Darrian Summerville, Director of [M]Watch

Energized by Love

It’s no secret that this kingdom business we engage in requires faith. We’ve answered the call to move mountains in our families, communities and nation through intercession and the good works that spill out of our hidden contending. We lace our life with sacred disciplines, even watching in the night. We know we were born for such a time as this, and yet, in our humanity, we can get tired in our diligence.

I love the story of Jesus is Mark 6. He’d poured out His heart teaching the people, discipling His followers and then found out that His dear cousin John had been killed. Fully human, He needed space. He initiated a plan for some seclusion, only for the multitudes to find out where He was going and show up there. When Jesus saw the large crowd, “He felt compassion for them because they were like sheep without a shepherd.” When Jesus had every reason to be completely tapped out, He taught us that His mission – the very mission we’ve chosen to partner with – is fueled by love.

Galatians 5:6 says, “Faith works by love.” “Works by” here in the Greek means to be operative, to effect and to put forth power. It’s literally the root word of our English word “energy.”  God desires to energize us afresh. This is why it’s imperative that we stay undone by God’s unabashed love for us. As the love of God fills us, we are suddenly able to see through the Father’s eyes afresh. We are quick to petition, but I feel that our faith and prayer would be far more energized if we take a moment like Jesus to consider what’s at stake for souls hanging in the balance of our prayers. To take down our defense mechanisms because we live in an hour of information overload and allow our hearts to hurt with the hurting and be overwhelmed by the Father’s love for the lost. Here we become compelled just like Jesus with an energy source far beyond our limitations, for more powerful than the voice of doubt, and we can pray with joyful anticipation to see what our prayers have rendered for God’s glory on that final Great Day.

Father, give me a fresh revelation of Your great love for me. By faith, I exchange tiredness for the energy of Your lovingkindness. Fill me with that heavenly virtue that flows straight from Your heart, the very essence of Who You are, so that I can be an effective conduit of that love to a generation in darkness. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Hannah Savage, [M]Watch Senior Leadership Team

Dreams and Visions- The Intelligence of the Spirit

Many intercessors associated with TheCall have commented about the increase of dreams and visions in their lives after they begin to take up a more intentional lifestyle of prayer and fasting. There is a clear biblical precedent for this. One of the most significant accounts of the impact of prayer and fasting that produces vision can be found in Daniel Chapter 10. In this chapter Daniel is fasting and praying for three weeks. As he closes near the end of his fast an angel appears to him with knowledge concerning the dramatic events that will happen at the end of the age. Often special information is given through dreams that isn’t released otherwise. This is the result of consistent prayer and fasting. This intelligence proves to be extremely valuable when maneuvering across the spiritual landmines of the enemy. 

Every watchmen and intercessor has at their disposal an arsenal of dream ammunition that can foil the plots and plan of the enemy. Fasting and prayer is the key to unlocking this spiritual faucet of revelation. Many of you will pray for one hour and then return to sleep, but before you go back to sleep, ask the Holy Spirit to give you a dream that can help fuel your intercessions.

Scripture:  Daniel 10:2,“ In those days, I, Daniel, had been mourning for three entire weeks I did not eat any tasty food, nor did meat or wine enter my mouth, nor did I use any ointment at all until the entire three weeks were completed.”

 Prayer: Father, as we stand in the night, we’re asking you by Your Spirit to baptize us with a fresh grace for fasting and prayer. Father, we ask for the spirit of Daniel, a lifestyle of prayer and fasting. We ask for you for dreams and visions in Jesus' name.

Darrian Summerville, Director of [M]Watch

The Watchmen's Anointing

The Holy Spirit is divinely setting men and women as Watchmen on the walls of cities, communities, regions and whole nations across the earth (Isa. 62:6-7). One of the primary understandings of the role the Watchmen is grasping the reality that these individuals are often under a heavenly assignment or “prophetic task” from the Lord. The Watchmen must stand in the place of intercession to see and hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church. Another important task of the Watchmen is to sound the alarm whenever he sees the threat of an enemy encroaching the land.

Ezekiel was appointed by the Lord as one such Watchmen (Ezekiel 33:1-9). He was appointed by God to warn Israel of their sins. If he failed to warn them, the blood would be on his hands. However, if he warned the people and they failed to heed his warning then the blood would be on their hands.  

It takes an incredible amount of clarity and precision to trumpet the judgments and warnings of the Lord. I’m still learning this myself. I believe the anointing “to see” and “to blow” are gained after years of careful stewardship over God’s decrees and verdicts. God anoints us as we are continually obedient to our call and assignment. As part of the Moravian Watch we are called to hear and adhere to the Lord’s decrees.

Prayer: Father, anoint my eyes and ears to see and hear your rulings over that which you’ve given me influence over and deliver me from the fear of men that I might be your faithful messenger. Teach me to declare Your truth without reservation in Jesus name!

Darrian Summerville, Director of [M]Watch

Shining as Sons and Daughters

All creation is groaning.  We see the effects of it in the aches and pain all around us.  Romans 8:19-22 says that all of creation is earnestly longing for the revealing of the sons of God.  This revealing speaks to a showing forth and a making evident of Christ in us, the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27), to the world.  Although we became sons of God when we were born again, the planet aches for the outward expression of what we know is already our inward positional reality, and it simply starts with a willing heart.  

The world has never been changed by people who pray, "Oh God, change my nation through someone else!"  Our identification as sons - heirs of God (Romans 8:17) and co-laborers with Christ (1 Corinthians 3:9) - gives us the privilege to answer the ache of mankind in an expressed way.  Esther almost missed this privilege.  Mordecai challenged her belief that she could pray while denying her God-given assignment in the answer.  "Who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?" (Esther 4:14) Esther answered the call.  The intercession she made as she fasted and prayed for 3 days compelled her to risky action that ended up saving the Jewish nation.  Her intercession in secret became a powerful weapon when married to her willingness to be one that God could use to bring forth justice.  May we be such a people.  

Scripture:You are the light of the world.  A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.  Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16

Prayer: God, I come with a willing heart.  I pray that you would move powerfully in my church, school, workplace, city (go ahead and list them out).  I make myself available for your purposes, to pray your heart, to decree your Word in intercession, and to carry that burning heart wherever I go.  Here I am, send me!  Baptize your people in holy fire and boldness to let our light shine brightly in our world for the glory of Your name! In Jesus' name, Amen.

Hannah Savage, [M]Watch Senior Leadership Team

Praying from Heaven

Colossians 3:2 encourages us, “to set our affections on things above not on thing below.” This is a critical fundamental of prayer. Many of the enemy’s tactics are tied to his anticipation that we will engage intercession from an earthly posture and mindset. Remember our weapon is not against flesh and blood (Eph. 6:12). We need to contend from the high place. In the book of Revelation, chapter 4, we are given a stunning glimpse of a heavenly realm that demons aren’t privy to. This is the realm where all attention and focus are ascribed to the Father and the Lamb on the Throne. Beloved, this is above the earthly warfare and this is where our authority in prayer comes from. We are given a permanent advantage, the winning edge, so to speak in prayer.  Viewing Jesus’ terrifying beauty and adhering to His decrees from this realm allows us to obliterate every hindering foe. Spirits of darkness cannot stand up against those who are standing in the light of the revelation of the beauty of the Son.  

As we contend in the night, may we find ourselves at attention as we gaze upon the lamb in the middle of the throne.  As we fight for the breakthrough of His promises to manifest in the earth, may it be done with emotions and affections in full alignment with who He is and what he’s done as the suffering lamb. Our victory lies in the fullness of His power working in us as we pray from this heavenly place.

Scripture: “After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven, and the first voice which I had heard, like the sound of a trumpet speaking with me, said, ‘Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things.’” Rev. 4:1

 Prayer: Father, I give you my thoughts and my emotions. Lord, I look for the ladder of the Holy Spirit to take me up above the warfare and distraction. 

Darrian Summerville, Director of [M]Watch