Prayer Watches: the Fourth Watch

(Excerpts from a book I’m working on.)


Prayer Watches: the Fourth Watch (between 3:00 a.m.- 6:00 a.m.)

I heard from so many precious prayer warriors asking about prayer watches.  I have an entire teaching on the subject, but for the sake of brevity, I am going to share some information on the significance of the 4th Watch.

Times when we pray, can be strategic and very powerful.  Especially when we don’t become fanatical or religious about what we do!

But patterns are biblical and carry much significance.  People who strongly operate within a culture of prayer and find prayer to be second nature, may be called to become an intercessor or even a watchman.

My personal belief is that no matter what you have been called by God to do in order to fulfill and walk in the integrity of your assignment, you must be a person of fervent prayer.

Let me qualify this by saying that anyone can pray a fervent prayer at any time of the day or night with great power and demonstration.  Many will see great manifestation with signs and wonders.

We will see many things happen this year on that, because we are praying in a tipping point season of time.

The Fourth Watch in the pattern that I follow, is measured by eight time divisions, each carrying a span of three hours, for each time division.

Certain events and miracles were recorded as they occurred during a specific time of the day.  Some are quite detailed and others might be a bit vague but according to scribes and historians certain details were ascertained.

Some time zones will vary according to what part of the country and where you are located.  However, the beautiful thing is where prayer might begin in one region, the prayer may be ending in another region.

So no matter where you are located, if you are actively engaged in prayer, it is always effective in its purpose.  So that a symphony of prayer is created.

So here goes:

This particular Watch deals with Deliverance.

It is a time to actively advance upon the enemy’s camp in strategic spiritual warfare.  So praying that the enemies devices will not prosper but fail and that the plans formed would be uncovered is essential.

Releasing the word of God over demonic forces (spiritual wickedness in high places) can be quite effective.  Also being able to pray for proper discernment as to what kind of spirit is in operation concerning a matter can be detected and exposed and can be helpful in a complex matters.

These kinds of prayers have been effective in understanding attacks upon Israel or other nations by assigned watchmen who have been set over regions.

Because this time occurs before day breaks, one can pray into the day and effectively order it by speaking life, goodness, wisdom and protection prior to it beginning.  Also you can pray for daily provision.

Jacob’s encounter with the angel went on until the breaking of day.  Which makes it an excellent time to pray into God’s spiritual blessings, maturity and increase.

There are some deep truths in that discourse that time doesn’t permit.  Prayers of repentance and walking in humility with a heart of a servant can be effective.

Prayers to obtain spiritual discipline and the deliverance from the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life.

Prayers to carry the overcoming anointing against the works of the flesh.  It is said that upon the 4th Watch, the children of Israel came out of the Egypt walked through the Red Sea upon to dry ground, therefore coming out of a place of captivity from the taskmasters who tried to keep them bound.

It is written that Jesus walked upon the waters (Matthew 14:25).  When revelation is obtained from God’s word along with the power to pray, it provides astounding results and one’s prayer life becomes explosive, anointed and has endless possibilities.

There is more, but this is an example what great apostolic-prophetic strategies that can be obtained and released.

Prayers can be decreed concerning righteous leadership and nations requesting that the LORD reveal light and understanding concerning hidden elements required to make difficult decisions.

I could go on and on. . . . . there is so much on this subject.  I pray this helps you.

If you wake up often and can’t go back to sleep it is usually an indication of your possible assigned prayer time or watch.  Remember these are only guides and they are not etched in stone.

Please note, we do not pray against people, we pray for people.

But we have authority to deal with the spirits operating in through circumstances.  There is a distinct difference.

We don’t pray against people’s will or mind, which is preying and not praying.  As a watchman/ intercessor we must be accountable to pray with Godly integrity.


~ Phyllis Ford

Phyllis FordProphet Phyllis Ford of Phyllis Ford Ministries is called by God’s grace as a prophet to the nations; now in ministry for 27 years.  With yearly and monthly Words, she and husband Apostle Miles release the Word of the LORD via their website.  Her ministry emphasizes the Watchman call and duty in governance, as she teaches prophetic schools of ministry, intercession and deliverance workshops and tours worldwide, speaking into the lives of ministry leaders, encouraging prayer, and releasing regional strategies.
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Prayer Watches: the Fourth Watch — 1 Comment

  1. Praise and Glory to God.
    Thank you and God bless you.
    This has been very directional for me as I have been woken up around 3 for the last 10 years or so to pray. Still praying for discipline and discernment in following the Holy Spirit. Will keep asking God.