Night Watch IHOPKC
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The NightWatch at IHOP–KC covers the hours from midnight to 6:00am. Within a ministry that runs twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, a committed group of people are needed to labor through the night hours. A typical day in the life of a NightWatch intercessor begins at 11pm and ends at 3pm.
The NightWatch mandate is found in Psalm 134: “Behold, bless the LORD, all you servants of the LORD, who by night stand in the house of the LORD! Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the LORD. The LORD who made heaven and earth bless you from Zion!”
Purpose of the NightWatch
Standing by Night in the House of the Lord
The call to the NightWatch is a call to extravagant devotion. It is the Lord’s desire to raise up a people who will love Him in the night. On the night of Jesus’ betrayal, the hour of judgment and salvation, He found no one to stand with him. But in these final hours of history—the time of escalated judgment and salvation—who will tarry with Him through the night?
Prophetic Significance: A Biblical Indicator
When 24/7 worship and intercession is established around the world, it is a signpost of Jesus’ imminent return (Isa. 62:6, 11; 52:8). The existence of intercessors in the night, therefore, is an historic indicator of the coming of the Bridegroom for His Bride.
The NightWatch Lifestyle is a Form of Fasting
The NightWatch is a unique context for prayer which facilitates a lifestyle of voluntary weakness. By its very nature, the NightWatch creates the opportunity to engage with the Lord in a focused way that is not as easily obtained during a “normal” daytime schedule by limiting distractions and extracurricular activity.
The basic principle of the fasted lifestyle is to embrace weakness in exchange for divine strength. Divine strength is what sustains the yearnings of the human heart; it gives us energy to pursue the true and eternal desires the Lord placed within us. Divine strength also imparts the grace to accomplish more in the kingdom with greater effectiveness and impact (grace on our actions, words, and emotions; authority in preaching, healing the sick, and casting out demons; grace to lead God’s people). The spirit of revelation is also a form of divine strength.
The NightWatch calls for a lifestyle change that can make life uncomfortable because it is a social and physical fast. Many social dynamics and physical tiredness are hallmarks of the NightWatch. If we pay close attention to our body, we will notice that some of the same things experienced during a food fast may be experienced during the NightWatch. We want to be people who embrace the NightWatch as a fast.