Why Night-and-Day Prayer?

The concept of day-and-night prayer is rooted in the Scriptures. God watches over His people day and night (Psa 121) and in His Word He calls us up to watch with Him. In fact, Jesus told His disciples to watch, and to pray that they do not fall into temptation not to do so! Revelation 4-5 states that the angels and the 24 elders literally worship God day and night.

The Bible teaches us to pray for God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven, while in heaven there is only praise, worship and intercession, 24-hours a day! This is why we believe that praise, worship and intercession should also take place on earth 24-hours a day.

The only way in which this can be realised, is by establishing 24-hour prayer watches.

  1. In the Old Testament, the fire on the altar was kept burning: "And the fire upon the altar shall be kept burning on it: it shall not be allowed to go out. The priest shall burn wood on it every morning and lay the burnt offering in order upon it and he shall burn on it the fat of the peace offerings. The fire shall be burning continually upon the altar; it shall not go out" (Lev 6:12-13). The priest’s two most important tasks were: a) intercession (through prayers and offerings); and b) praise and worship. The fire on the altar was a symbol of the continued praise, worship, intercession and reconciliation by the priests.
  2. A 24-7 prayer watch assists a church to carry out God’s command to be a house of prayer for the nations (Isa 56:7). By implementing 24-7 prayer watches, churches are able to take responsibility and stand as watchmen on the walls for the church worldwide, for their own communities, for their own and other nations.
  3. A 24-hour prayer watch prepares the way for the Lord Jesus’ Second Coming and is one way of filling the whole world with the knowledge of His glory. Thus it plays a significant part in bringing in the harvest.
  4. God Himself appoints us as watchmen on the walls to pray for the fulfilment of His promises: “I have set watchmen upon your walls, O Jerusalem, who will never hold their peace day or night; You who are His servants and by your prayers put the Lord in remembrance of His promises, keep not silence, and give Him no rest until He establishes Jerusalem and makes her a praise in the earth (Isa 62:6-7). Note a) that it is God Himself who appoints the watchmen; b) they must stand before Him 24-hours a day; and c) the watchmen should not keep silent or allow Him to rest until all His promises have been fulfilled. God’s Word contains thousands of promises for His children and Scripture instructs us to continually pray for the fulfilment of these promises.
  5. In Luke 18:7, God promises that, for those who call on Him day and night, He will set right what is wrong (i.e. address crime, violence, poverty, drug abuse, corruption, immorality, injustice, broken marriages, the AIDS pandemic etc.): "Shall God not do justice to His chosen people who call to Him day and night? How long shall He let them wait?"
  6. A 24-hour prayer watch promotes unity among believers, churches and denominations because they focus on the same matters and pray together for these matters. A 24-hour prayer watch mobilises church members to pray effectively.
  7. History has shown that 24/7-prayer has a huge impact on communities and on the world.

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