Watching and praying is a lifestyle required of watchman and intercessor. In practice , this cannot be done physically.
Living this lifestyle is actually living a spiritual lifestyle. Jesus said, watch therefore and pray always. He was not addressing only the disciples who were with Him. His words are valid today.
Luke 21:33 He warned that the dangerous times will come as a snare on all on earth. 21:35 He said, Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is. Mark 13:33 And what I say to you, I say to all. 13:37 Jesus was warning all believers.
The watchman has found that a corporate spiritual prayerful lifestyle is often lacking in the churches he knows. Very rarely a church places such utmost importance to follow what Jesus has clearly urged His followers.
However there are remnants who do follow. Prayers, reading of Bible, praise and worship are round the clock ministry to God just as required in Jesus’ commands. When a church does this corporately, the sanctuary is filled with the presence of God, even though it’s just an ordinary plain hall with no special decoration or technological effects. The respective small groups, two or three gathering together in the name of Jesus, just use a guitar or merely sing without musical accompaniment.
Ideally, people in need, Christians or non Christians, can come into this house of God and pray and be healed and delivered from bondages. What then is needed ? The ministry must be carried out in the Holy Spirit. This is the prerequisite. The willingness and actual submission of the corporate spirit to the Holy Spirit.
A Holy Spirit led corporate lifestyle. It is powerful. Those who are led by the Spirit are sons of God. The Son of God Himself manifested to destroy the works of the devil. 1John 3:8
How else can the church be effectual ? Our enemies are not flesh and blood. A church walking by flesh is a sitting duck for the spiritual enemy.
The watchman recently observed how a small and tired church corporate prayer meeting being revived on one occasion by being obedient to the words of God, allowing the Holy Spirit to move the move of God.
God is Spirit. Jesus declared. No one can expect to connect to Him except through the Holy Spirit. John 4:24 Join to the Lord, become one spirit with Him. 1 Corinthians 6:17
When the church prayer meeting participants are one spirit with the Lord’s Spirit, signs and wonders, revivals, restoration, healing and setting free from oppression and depression will take place. Why wait ? Pray in the Spirit now !