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