II. THE LATE NIGHT WATCH OR SECOND WATCH OF THE NIGHT
(9.00 PM – 12 Midnight)
Rev. 9:16; Acts 23:23; Exo. 3:21; 11:3, 4; 12:35, 36; Psalm 119:148
TIME TO HALLOW AND EXALT THE NAME OF THE LORD
TIME OF PRAYER FOR MINISTRIES, RELIGION
Special Time for Divine Favor. (Exo.3:21-22, 11:3-4, 12:35-36,Psalm 5:12; 45:12; Esther 2:9, 15, 17)
This is the time to receive your provision or supply (strength, abilities, freedom from all limitations, etc.). This is also the time for plundering your oppressors. This is also the time for favor from men; time for respect from men. If you read Exo. 3:21- 22; 11:3-4; 12:35-36; you will see that God made the Egyptians favorably disposed towards the Israelites so that the Egyptians gave them whatever they asked for. This must definitely have been before midnight since by then the angel of death passed through Egypt and no one could go on to the neighbors. It also had to be after supper, since it was after the Passover feast. Automatically it had to be during this watch of the night between 9.00pm and 12.00 midnight. In Acts 23:23 we see Paul enjoying favor from the captain of the soldiers during this same period. Pray for the Outpouring of the Spirit of Prayer upon you and the Church in the Philippines. (Zech. 9:12)
PRAYER ALSO FOR THE SPIRIT OF GRACE & SUPPLICATION. It is the time to pray for the release or outpouring of the Spirit of Grace, of Prayer and Supplication. ( Matt. 26:33). Recall that on the day Jesus was betrayed, He started praying for God’s grace at 9.00 pm. At 10.00 pm, He came back to His disciples and said, “Could you not watch with me one hour?” At 11.00 pm, He came a second time and said: “Are you still sleeping?” He left them and went back. Then the third time that was 12 midnight, He said, “Rise, and let us go for my betrayer is at hand.” This period is the time to pray for strength against all temptations and trials.
Pray for Divine Protection. (Psalm 3:1-7; 17:8-14, Acts 23:23; Zech. 1:10)
This is also the period to pray and ask for the release of the troops of God to be on patrol and give angelic escort (Zech. 1:10, Acts 9:23). Acts 23:23, the same army General that had arrested Paul, now ended up protecting Paul! As you pray today, God would cause the people who have arrested us before to protect His purpose for our lives. What the governor could not enjoy was given to Paul as he was given 470 soldiers as an escort. So every provision we need to do God’s work would be released at this time. That is why even in Hollywood this is the time they show all the bad films to make provision for your being affected in the next watch.
Prayer for Provision to do Godʼs Work. (Exo. 11:3-4)
Time for the Supply of all Resources needed for every God-given project – see Exo. 35 and 36 cf. 12:35, 36. Pray for the Provision. It was the time that the Israelites got everything that they had to use to build the Tabernacle in the wilderness. This is also the time to ask for a sense of urgency to accomplish whatever God wants us to do. The Israelites ate the Passover standing with their tunics tucked with belts around their waists ready to move!