I love God’s creativity and how He made each one of us unique as we reflect who He is. As we look at the second type of intercessor, the watchman, we appreciate the benefits that they bring to the body of Christ.
The watchman or prophetic intercessor are those who are on the lookout to see what the enemy is doing (strategy for battle) or what God is up to. They usually have great discernment and are alert to danger.
The weaknesses of this type of intercessor are that they may tend to be “loners” off in the watchtower and may be misunderstood by others. Watchmen may tend to be more pessimistic as they see the activity of the enemy and can become discouraged. They may also become offended if the leader or pastor doesn’t take immediate action on what they see. I believe this is the cause of many of the breaches between pastors and intercessors.
If you are this type of intercessor, it will be especially important for you to be able to walk in love, humility and appropriate submission to authority. Its a difficult road to see things others can’t. Press into God. Be obedient and trust Him to work out all for good. Say what you feel He gives you to say and then leave the results to Him.
It is important for the watchman intercessor to spend extra time in praise and worship and when discouraged to remember the story from 2 Kings 6:15-17 – “And when the servant of the man of God arose early and went out, there was an army, surrounding the city with horses and chariots. And his servant said to him, ‘Alas, my master! What shall we do?’ So he answered, ‘Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.’ And Elisha prayed, and said, ‘Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.’ Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold the mountain as full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.”
Next week we will look at the “list” intercessor.