Watch And Pray! God Is Positioning You To Release The Light Of His Glory Around The World – A Word by Deborah Perkins
Deborah Perkins is a seasoned prophetic writer, teacher, and Christian leader with more than 35 years of ministry experience across denominations. Her passion is to communicate God’s heart to his people, empowering them to build the kingdom of God.
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Watch And Pray! God Is Positioning You To Release The Light Of His Glory Around The World – A Word by Deborah Perkins
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For God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
~2 Corinthians 4:6
Early in the morning on November 14, 2021, I was worshiping Jesus, inviting Him to share His heart. He began speaking to me about “The watch of the Lord.”
Intercessors often describe the “watch of the Lord” as an all-night prayer meeting; watching and praying for Israel; or perhaps being “watchful” against the enemy. All are essential! Yet at this particular time, I felt a strong desire in Christ’s heart for us to remember to WATCH HIM.
CALLED TO WATCH
The disciples’ first authentic “watch of the Lord” began the day they could no longer see Jesus in person.
The Lord instructed His followers to gather and pray for the powerful gift the Father would pour out on them (Acts 1-2). The disciples watched and prayed until they saw the Lord return in a new form: the person of the Holy Spirit!
Believers will not see healings, resurrections, or any greater works if we do not understand that spiritual gifts are not simply “tools” in our arsenal.
Just as every fruit of the Spirit IS the Spirit of God; so every gift of the Spirit IS Jesus Himself – and vice versa!
Christ IS the Word of Knowledge. He IS Wisdom Incarnate! To encounter Jesus is to encounter the prophetic, healing, and miracles!
Believers are meant to watch the Lord closely enough to see the very movement of His eyes. (See Psalm 32:8) We know nothing and can do nothing without understanding Christ’s heart. We MUST watch!
When Jesus was facing His worst trial in Gethsemane, He asked His disciples to watch and pray. Sadly, his closest friends failed to watch for Him and ended up betraying Him. As we experience increasing levels of evil in these end times, it’s even more important to be watchful so that we avoid the dangers of attacks and the temptation of apostasy.
Are you watching? Are you living near enough to God’s heart to discern His slightest move? Can He call you His close friend?
CALLED TO ASCEND
At times, as we climb the mountain of God’s Presence in prayer, drawing nearer and nearer, we find that fog and clouds obscure our vision. This temporary loss of sight happens as fear, hopelessness, weariness, and depression seem to blanket us, signalling defeat.
Remember: the Israelites did not even have the courage to approach Mount Sinai, let alone ascend it! It is our authentic desire for the Lord that fuels us to press on and ascend until we are above these storms and can see His face once again.
CALLED TO RELEASE POWER AND LIGHT
As I continued my watch in the Spirit that morning, the Lord brought me, in a vision, to a door in a heavenly place.
Above the lintel of this doorway I saw the words: “War Room.” No code was required for entry, and the door was already open; those who watch with the Lord are brought freely into such places!
The room looked like a high-tech situation room. Generals of an army were present here, sending and receiving intel from various sources.
The room’s most salient features were the panels of electrical switches on every wall. There was an elaborate arrangement of giant electrical panels, screens, and audio equipment.
The panels and switches were all grey. Through these switch-covered walls one could catch glimpses of all the nations of the earth outside.
I heard the Spirit say: “He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth.” (Isaiah 40:22.) I then saw a vision of the room’s exterior: it was located with the Lord, high above the earth, and the world seemed to be a small globe underneath Him in the vast expanse of the night sky.
POSITIONED TO ACTIVATE GLORY
Inside the war room, one could look out through the switch panels to see every nation on the North, South, East, or West. Each panel contained dozens of switches. Each switch was was designated for a particular area within each nation. Yet there were no wires connected to these switches.
Instead of wires to transport electricity, the switches that were ON had LIGHT radiating out of them.
However, I was surprised to see that a good percentage of the switches had not yet been activated for some reason; no light was being emitted from these.
It became clear to me that the dominant mission of the Lord Jesus here was to turn ON the lights in every nation; He wanted His glory-light to cover the earth. I wondered, though: why didn’t He simply turn on all the switches at once? He certainly had the power to do so!
As if to answer my question, Jesus asked me: “Would you like to activate one of these switches? Where would you like to see the light appear?”
I answered that it should begin in the East, in China. I was concerned about the persecution in this nation; a hidden remnant needed ongoing supernatural access to His provision and protection.
The Lord had me stretch out my hand and flip up one of the switches on the eastern wall or “panel” of His war room.
When I did, a beam of light shot out from the switch, traveling through the atmosphere until it reached its target in China. It was understood in the vision that God’s glory would now illuminate that location, empowering believers there to see clearly how to continue to live for Him.
In my human reasoning, I was still puzzled as to why this process of illumination and covering the earth with Christ’s glory-light seemed so slow! Why would Someone with such obvious power confine Himself to a strategy that enlightened only certain people or regions at a time?
The Lord did not reply to this question in my heart, but turned me away from the wall so that I noticed a large table in the center of the war room.
On the table were piles of huge maps. On top of the pile was a map of China.
I moved closer to inspect it; the map seemed different than the maps I was used to seeing on earth.
I noticed that while the boundaries of the nation and its salient characteristics were inscribed on the map, within its defining lines were not just cities but actual people, who appeared three-dimensional and were dressed in the garb of their nation. The people were small, Lego-sized, but alive and moving across the map.
I saw that not all the nation’s people were represented here, but only some. The ones I did see were all being carefully watched by the Lord as they moved from place to place.
By Jesus’s thoughts or through His heart alone, without touching them in any way, He was orchestrating their movements and their connections with others so as to build the Kingdom of God. The very nation itself seemed to be obeying the desires of His heart!
I was overcome with a desire to pray not only for the light of His glory to illuminate the nation, but also for the people themselves. I prayed for those on the map who were carrying the Gospel to the lost and for those who were hungry enough to receive it. I prayed for the Lord’s laborers to be supernaturally protected, and for the Lord’s provision to be released to those who had need of it. I prayed for believers to be invisible to their persecutors so that their missions could be fulfilled.
In the vision, there were two ways of sending LIGHT into the nations. A believer could be activated and physically sent into the nation as a “beam” of light – a missionary or evangelist carrying God’s glory. Or Christ could bring a believer into His war room to activate and empower other such “lights” through prayer.
I sensed Jesus saying that it was so important for us to know the times, seasons, and individual callings He is revealing right now, so that each member of His Body is in the right place at the right time.
~In Acts 12:5-10, the early church is found in their own “war room” offering constant prayer to God concerning Peter’s imprisonment. In the middle of the night, the church’s prayers release both LIGHT and an ANGELIC ACTIVATION to persecuted Peter, causing his supernatural release from prison:
“…When Herod was about to bring him out, that night Peter was sleeping, bound with two chains between two soldiers; and the guards before the door were keeping the prison.
“Now behold, an angel of the Lord stood by him, and a light shone in the prison; and he struck Peter on the side and raised him up, saying, “Arise quickly!” And his chains fell off his hnds.
“Then the angel said to him, “Gird yourself and tie on your sandals”; and so he did. And he said to him, “Put on your garment and follow me.” So he went out and followed him, and did not know that what was done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision. When they were past the first and the second guard posts, they came to the iron gate that leads to the city, which opened to them of its own accord; and they went out and went down one street, and immediately the angel departed from him.”
Similarly, in Acts 13:1-3 we find prophets and teachers fasting and praying together in the “war room” of the church at Antioch. As the Presence of God falls, Holy Spirit reveals that Paul and Barnabas are to be sent out on a new missionary journey to the nations.
THE WATCHFUL SHEPHERD
We serve a God who moves at the speed of relationship, always prioritizing the worker over the work.
Jesus is working through the specific desires of our hearts, causing us either to pray and support others from our own personal war rooms or to go out into places needing light. Those at home share in the spoils of the victories abroad!
As this “war room encounter” illustrates, you can trust that your God-given assignments are uniquely designed and very intentionally given. He is waiting for your partnership in prayer, which will activate and empower not just you, but many others. Not only that: HE IS ACTIVELY WATCHING OVER YOU to see that all your assignments are fulfilled in their correct timing.
The Watchful Shepherd is positioning His Body now to release His glory and light around the world. As you passionately pursue Jesus’s heart through obedience and worship, your own watchfulness will be rewarded. Those who seek Him diligently DO find Him!
I’m praying that your encounters with Christ’s glory will activate each one of you as a light-bearing force in whatever nation you are called.
Watching with you,
The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.
Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.
Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
GO DEEPER ~
STUDY the following scriptures, asking the Light of the World to illuminate your understanding of His glorious light: Ephesians 5:14; John 1:5-7; John 9:5; Matthew 4:16; Luke 11:34-35; James 1:17; Psalm 18:28; Psalm 119:105; John 8:12; Matthew 5:16; Psalm 119:130.
ASK God to position you and give you His divine appointments daily so you can carry His glory and light to the nations!
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