Watch and Pray (Nov 2)

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From Open Up Your Heart by Jeff Syverson

November 2

Watch and Pray 

Today’s Scripture Readings: Psalm 119:89-96 | Ezekiel 3:16 – 6:14 | Hebrews 4:1-16 | Proverbs 26:27

Today’s Scripture Focus: Ezekiel 3:16-6:14

“Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel. Whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me” (Ezekiel 3:12-13 NIV).

The watchman had an important and difficult job. Taking his place high upon the wall of the city where he could see, he would spend the night watching for impending danger. The protection of the city was in his hands.

God is looking for spiritual watchmen, like Ezekiel. Primarily this is a calling to intercession. Just as it takes time for the eyes to adjust to the darkness, so our “spiritual eyes” must be developed by sufficient time in God’s presence. If we are to warn of impending danger, we must be spiritually sensitive to what God is saying by his Word and through His Spirit. A watchman is first of all, a person of prayer; one who spends long, lonely hours in God’s presence getting God’s heart.

Spiritual watchmen are also called to proclaim God’s word: “Whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me.” Time spent in the presence and with the word, brings unusual insight into our present situation. The watchman keenly sees the dangers of the days we live in and boldly alerts us to the things that others may miss.

Israel needed a watchman in Ezekiel’s day. We need them today—men and women called to watch and pray—and boldly speak when God give us the words to say.

Father, help me to prioritize the quiet place where I can hear you speaking by your word and your Spirit. Give me eyes to see this world as you see it that I might intercede and warn as you lead. Thank you for the privilege and responsibility of intercession. Amen.

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About pastorjeffsneighborhood

Born and raised in Minnesota, I have served in churches in Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon and California. I am a graduate of Crown College (MN) and George Fox Evangelical Seminary (OR). I have also done additional graduate studies in New Testament Studies at the Center for Advanced Theological Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary (CA). I am also a graduate of the College of Prayer. Having served as the Academic Dean and Program Director at Horizon Institute of Los Angeles for several years, I have returned to the pastorate and serve as Pastor of Big Trees Community Bible Church in Arnold, CA.
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