A year ago around this time, the Lord was waking me up around 3:00 in the morning. Instead of getting up to pray, I chose to turn over and fall back to sleep. Proverbs 24:33-34 tells us that a little folding of the hands to sleep causes poverty to come suddenly and it will be as a thief broke in and took everything away.
While I was sleeping, the enemy was sowing weeds.
The following month, something very precious was taken from me. I wanted to be mad, but I couldn’t be mad with the devil or the person that the devil used because the Lord was dealing with me before this ever happened. I know the devil is a thief, but I also realized that there were some things that the devil didn’t steal from me. I ignorantly gave it to him.
Esau was the same way. No one stole Esau’s birthright. Jacob asked Esau to sell it because he saw the value of it. Esau, on the other hand, didn’t see the value of what was given to him so he basically gave it away. “What profit shall this birthright do to me?” (Gen 25:32). Many of us have done the same thing. We have given things to the deceiver because we didn’t recognize the value of our bodies or the value of the anointing. Unfortunately, we realized what we had after we lost it.
The reason why God was waking me up was to stop what the enemy started. He wanted to show me in the spirit what I couldn’t see in the natural. God has called us to be a watchman on the tower. You can see things better from a watchtower than you can at ground level. A watchman is like a guard. His/her duty is to observe, protect, and look out for danger or threats. A tower is used to watch for enemies or approach of danger. It is a high place where you can see far and wide. Intercession takes you to a high place. Intercession reveals those things which are not seen. This is why it is so important for you and I to pray. This is why it is important to wake up – physically and spiritually. Danger is approaching, but when you pray, it will not come near you and it will not harm you.
The enemy is crafty and cunning. He waits until you are sleeping, hurting and vulnerable and then he makes plans against you and your future, but the word God has placed in your mouth is sharper than any two-edged sword and it is able to cut off every work, plan and plot of the enemy. You have power to root out, to pull down, to destroy, to throw down, to build, and to plant. Inside of you is a word that is able to cut off the enemy’s assignments, break every wicked device, and cancel his plans. This is what YOU have.
God is always one step ahead of the enemy and those who watch and pray will always be one step ahead of the enemy as well. The thief never announces that he’s coming to your house to steal from you, but whatever the thief tries to conceal, God will reveal when you pray. Nothing will take you by surprise anymore. You will not be deceived or tricked again.
I gave an example of me physically sleeping, but I’m talking about spiritually sleeping as well. Although your eyes are physically open, you can still be spiritually unconscious about what’s going on around you.
Arise. You have been sleeping too long. Now it’s time to wake up from your slumber and watch as well as pray.