UNDERSTANDING our ROLE as ‘INTERCESSORS’
August 5 Bible Reading: Isaiah Chapters 61-63
"I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; they shall never hold their peace day or night. You who make mention of the Lord, do not keep silent, and give Him no rest till He establishes and till He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth." (Isaiah 62:6-7)
In the above passage we see that Jehovah God has set watchmen on the walls of Jerusalem and has instructed them not to rest in their intercession or to give Him rest till Jerusalem becomes the greatest city of the world and a source of adulation from all the people of the world.
On the spiritual side, God appoints watchmen (overseers) for the further protection of His people. Watchmen are a symbolic figure for prophets (see Isaiah 56:10). God’s restoration will include watchmen of prayer. These are spiritual watchmen whose primary occupation is to pray on behalf of others, and based on Daniel 4:18 and I Kings 22:19, they could be angels. However, they are most likely intercessors who pray for the final peace of Jerusalem. They are not to hold their peace day or night but continuously offer intercessory prayer to God. They are also to pray persistently and intercede on behalf of the people (see Isaiah 64:12; 65:6). Along with that, they will look for the coming of the Lord victorious over Jerusalem’s enemies (see Isaiah 21:11-12).
When Jerusalem is restored, it will become “the praise of the earth.” God vowed on oath that His redeemed city will never again be oppressed by “foreigners”. God’s promises should become our prayers! Isaiah prayed that Jerusalem might be restored (Isaiah 62:1), and he urged the watchmen and all of God’s people to pray as well (vv. 6–7). The psalmist also prayed “for the peace of Jerusalem” (Psalms 122:6). When there is peace in Jerusalem, there will be peace in the world!
As we examine the role of a watchman, he/she is a person who oversees, stands in guard and observes. God has ‘set’ watchman on the walls. The word ‘set’ means to appoint. God is the one who did the choosing, and He had called certain individuals and churches to this ‘set’ place. Now it came to pass at the end of seven days that the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore hear a word from My mouth, and give them warning from Me" (Ezek. 3:16-17)
These watchmen shall never hold their peace…never be quiet. Day and night they keep at it, praying, calling out, and reminding God to remember His promises. If they are not quiet what are they doing? They are praying and declaring what they see and hear. "Prepare the table, set a watchman in the tower, eat and drink. Arise, you princes, anoint the shield! For thus has the Lord said to me: "Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he sees." (Isaiah 21:5-6)