The intercessor and the watchman

August 10th, 2008

Ezekiel 33:1-6 talks about a watchman standing up on the wall looking to the distance to see if a threat is coming against the city. If the watchman sees a threat he is to sound a trumpet warning and then it is up to the people in the city to respond to the call. It says if the watchman sounds his warning he has done his job. It is then up to the people to respond or not.

In many ways the role of an intercessor is a bit like a watchman on the wall. When you pray for certain events and situations you sometimes pick things up that might be a “threat”. It is almost like you are staring into the distance trying to see what is coming. As you pray and ask for more understanding, the Holy Spirit might reveal how to pray or other things specific to that situation.

As the Holy Spirit reveals things then you respond in prayer to cover the situation. Sometimes though, you might find it is bigger than just your prayer and that you need to “sound the trumpet” to let others know. Much like the watchman it is up to the people to respond.

If you would like to read more on intercessory prayer, Joy Dawson brought out a great book a number of years ago called “Intercession: Thrilling and Fulfilling”. It is available from