“Pray all night?” you ask. “How can anyone pray all night?”
It’s easy. Bonnie and I discovered long ago that although prayer is the calling of God to all believers, it is our decision whether we respond or not. Once we make the commitment to seek God’s face in prayer, He honors our decision by empowering us with a special outpouring of His grace, strength and physical stamina.
Prayer has always been a foundation of our ministry. Ever since the beginning, the Lord has impressed upon me the necessity to fast and pray on a regular basis.
As a result, I have witnessed God’s miracle-working power operate in many nations. I have watched as masses of people were touched by God’s healing power.
I have seen God break the powers of witchcraft and demonic forces, setting the oppressed free. On one occasion, I saw a child raised from the dead.
The secret to this ministry has always been the anointing of God that is released through prayer and fasting. To Bonnie and me, prayer has never been a duty but a precious privilege, allowing us to walk into the throne room of the King of kings and gain an audience with Him.
The Design of the Watch
For eight hours each Friday night we come before the Lord, fasting from food and sleep in order to focus on vital issues the Holy Spirit reveals to us to attack in prayer. The Lord often visits at night, as we see in Scripture and as Bonnie and I have seen in our lives.
We must mount an offensive attack at night because the enemy of our souls is busiest while most of us are sleeping. It is the night—the darkness—that has previously been Satan’s prized possession.
Through what we call the “Watch of the Lord,” we are taking back the night and claiming it on behalf of its Creator, the Lord Most High. The watch starts at 10 p.m. and ends at 6 a.m.
We fast from chitchat and socializing at the watch in order to give the Lord and His purposes our full attention. Those who come to pray with us are free to nap if necessary in order to complete the last few hours of the watch.
We always wait on the Lord to determine His agenda, then we praise and worship Him. Ministry usually begins around midnight with corporate intercession for global ministries and for the nations.
At one point watchmen lay hands on the American and Israeli flags, and we pray for God’s land, Israel, and the nation in which we live. We pray for American and world leaders and the concerns reflected in the day’s headlines.
The Holy Spirit quickens various Scriptures to us throughout the course of the watch. We receive a living word from God each week—the essence of what He appears to be saying to His corporate body at that given time.
As we pray and intercede, prayer requests we’ve received are passed out and prayed over. We pray for our staff, other ministries, our police force, the schools and other agencies. Toward the end of the watch we always celebrate communion.
Often the Holy Spirit moves in our midst, performing healings, releasing prophecy and touching His people in His deep and profound way. Always we take our direction from the Lord, the Captain of the watch.
A normal watch may find prayer warriors at the altar, some people fallen out around the altar under the power of God and others throughout the auditorium curled up in sleeping bags or with blankets and pillows. We are very informal during these all-night prayer vigils.
Our prayer focus is always the higher agenda of the kingdom of God rather than our own personal needs. After we have focused on and prayed for the things on God’s heart, the Holy Spirit will normally minister to our personal needs.
We often have a time of personal ministry around 5 a.m. However, Bonnie and I have discovered that when we seek first the kingdom of God, our personal needs are met supernaturally!
The Fourth Watch of the Night
During the fourth watch (between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m.), the glory of God seems to increase in our midst. A lot of the miracles, healings and specific supernatural intelligence occurs during this time, even though it is the time when the fewest people are present.
There is a special excitement and an open heaven in the hours just before the light. When we are at our weakest physically, the Holy Spirit comes in His greatest strength with prayer, revelation and refreshing.
During a military campaign, the hours of the fourth watch are the most strategic hours of the night. They are the most difficult time frame in which to guard against the enemy’s attack and yet the time the enemy is most likely to attack.
Source: Keys to All-Night Prayer That Releases God’s Power — Charisma Magazine
14 thoughts on “Keys to All-Night Prayer That Releases God’s Power — Charisma Magazine”
I honestly believe you should write a book on spiritual warfare. I have read too many books from modern authors who have sensationalized this. I appreciate your approach to these matters.
When you commercialize anything that God gives you I think it perverts it. I watched a lady give a video commercial on the Seeing Into The Spiritual Realm – and she could teach you how only if paid 19.99 for her program. This is ungodly. Freely you receive – freely you should give.
My Bible tells me that every what?…Good and Perfect Gift Is from who?….the Lord. Now why would you need to buy this ladies program if your gift is from God…can she improve on it? No…I see red flags all over this!
How bout I keep posting and freely giving to all those that will listen what I know…and let us all draw together to cover our homes, our communities, and our countries like the Spiritual Warriors we are….
I feel like there is about to be a revival in America like you have never seen. I seriously already see people being kinda lifted up out of the world, I see people rededicating their lives by the masses, and I see an authentic move of the Spirit to clarify and edify the true Body of Christ. Its about to get realllllllyyyy good!!!!!! AMEN!
You make a good point.
I wasn’t thinking about the sales aspect. It is great to have a compilation of material to help people be victorious in Christ.
I agree 😁 and it’s called the Bible ✝️ I understand what you are saying though…if the Lord directed me to I would gladly write about Spiritual Warfare.
I realize this is from Charisma, but I’m basing my thoughts on previous posts. Just for clarification.
I need to seek God on how to reconcile the tension between the example multiply-attended prayer meeting (wherever two or more are gathered in My name) with your earlier emphatic but also clearly-scriptural point made by Jesus about doing one’s praying in one’s room with the door closed.
This explains the difference beautifully. This scripture of having two or three gathered is one of the most misrepresented scriptures in the Bible. Or job is to exegete the TRUTH from a passage and part of that is taking the scriptures context and historical vantage points into consideration…this article explains it perfectly…
Thanks! I have to confess to not having questioned the misuse before. Truth is good!
Amen! Truth is good!
I love this post! Very inspirational. 💜
Wow! For a while now, this has been my struggle. Thanks a lot. I trust God to strengthen my all night prayer .
Thanks for encouraging me to fast and pray.Its true that the 4th watch is most challenging,I’ll be more alert next time.
I am glad this information blessed you ! Fasting and prayer are soooo important to our Spiritual walk ❤️