While in prayer today, I briefly dozed off. I was awakened by the supernatural, audible sound of an alarm blast, similar to one made by an alarm clock. I know what that means, because I’ve experienced it before. It is God’s exhortation to understand the times in which we live, and to watch and pray.
I then heard in my spirit, “Take your lead from Me.”
Yet a few moments later I heard, “of the times and seasons.” It is the beginning phrase of 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6:
But of the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I write to you. For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, “Peace and safety,” then sudden destruction will come upon them, as travail upon a woman with child, and they shall not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. You are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others, but let us watch and be sober.
We are in the last days, and it is more needful now than it has ever been for believers to understand the times in which we live, to listen to what the Lord has to say, and then to follow His lead by obediently and quickly responding to whatever He tells us to do. Jesus has already instructed us in His Word to “Take heed; watch and pray: for you do not know when the time is” – referring to the coming of the Lord (Mark 13:33). He also said, “Watch, therefore, and pray always, that you may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man” (Luke 21:36). And Peter warned, “But the end of all things is at hand: therefore, be sober, and watch unto prayer” (1 Peter 4:7).
The call has been put forth to all believers to watch and pray. We must realize the seriousness of what the Lord is speaking to His Church. He wants us to effectively use the time we have left to bring in the harvest and to build His Kingdom. He wants us to be prepared for His return, by leading holy, blameless, uncompromised lives for Him. But He especially wants us to keep our eyes open, to view what is happening around us from His vantage point. We must understand how He is moving in the earth today, and then pray in accordance with His move.
Most of the Church is in a sound sleep yet, consumed with day-by-day affairs, oblivious to the time and season we are in. But those who do see can aid the rest of the believers by calling them forth from their slumbers with our prayers. We can plead for the Lord to awaken His Church to be all that it is supposed to be in these last days. We can pray for His Body to become alert, ready for action, set apart unto the Lord.
We must learn to ask the Lord, “How should I pray?” “What are Your plans, and what is Your timeline for implementing them?” This is not a time for ineffective, empty, wishful words. We cannot afford to ignorantly pray things which are in opposition to what God is doing in the present hour. Where we don’t understand, we should ask the Holy Spirit to give us the wisdom needed. We must know His heart and move with Him in our intercession. This is His end-time call, that we would watch with Him and pray back to Him whatever He shows us.