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21 Breaking of the Day Watch Prayer Focus
The “Breaking of the Day” Watch began at midnight and continued until three in the morning. This prayer focus will pick up with the midnight watch and continue on through the turning of the morning.
There are two words used in the Old Testament for “midnight.” The literal meaning of both is “the middle of the night.” One is used only three times and is always translated as “midnight.” The other is used 120 times and means the middle, midpoint or half of something. When used to refer to “half of the night” it is translated “midnight.”
The first word, “Chatsoth,” is twice used of the righteous judgment of God being carried out at midnight and used once of the psalmist rising to praise God for His righteous judgments at midnight. The second word is also translated as “midnight” three times and has to do with the righteous judgments of God.
There are two words translated as “midnight” in the New Testament. Like the words used in the Old Testament, one of these words means the middle or midpoint of something and the other is a specific term for midnight.
Day 1: Read Exodus 11:1-7. The Lord had repeatedly said for Pharaoh to let the people of Israel go, but Pharaoh had refused. There came a time when God pronounced His righteous judgment against Pharaoh. Notice in verse 7 that in judgment God makes a distinction between Egypt and Israel. Thank Him that He always gives a warning and offers a way of escape from the judgment He pronounces.
Day 2: Read Exodus 12:21-30. The time came when God did exactly what He said that He would do. Those who aligned themselves with Pharaoh and Egypt received the judgment. The righteous judgment of God “Passed Over” those who aligned themselves with Israel. Ask the Lord to reveal any alignment with “Egypt” in your life and your nation. Repent of anything He shows you and come into full alignment with God.
Day 3:Read Job 34:16-20. Rulers who hate justice are eventually judged by God. Review any areas where you exercise authority to see that they reflect the justice of God. Remember that with God, mercy is over judgment. Righteous judgment is always preceded by mercy. Pray for the justice system of your nation that it will reflect the righteous judgment of God.
Day 4: Read Psalm 119:57-64. Psalm 119 is an acrostic in which each section is assigned to a different letter of the Hebrew alphabet. The first word of each verse in that section begins with that letter. This section is assigned to the letter “Heth.” Because this letter is used in the word “Le Chaim,” which means, “to life,” the Heth has come to symbolize life. While those who disregard the ordinances of God experience death, those who align themselves with them experience life. When the Psalmist considers this, he rises at midnight, the hour of the execution of righteous judgment, and praises God for His righteous judgments. Praise God that while He is a God of mercy, He does not let the guilty go unpunished. Praise Him that He gives us life.
Day 5: Read Judges 16:1-3. Sampson was one of the judges of Israel. When he was surrounded by his enemies who were lying in wait to kill him, God gave him strength at midnight to overturn the “gates” of his enemies. The gates represented the seat of authority. When you feel surrounded by your enemies, rise at midnight and receive the strength of the Lord to overturn their gates in your life.
Day 6: Read Ruth 3. Naomi had suffered great loss. Ruth, her daughter-in-law, had chosen to align herself with Naomi and the God of Israel, rather than returning to the idolatry of Moab. The Law of God made a way of restoration for both Naomi and Ruth. As Ruth submitted to the counsel of Naomi, God awakened Boaz at midnight to begin the process of redemption and restoration. Praise God that no matter what loss you have suffered, He has a way of restoration. Receive any counsel you need. Ask God to awaken any who are part of your process of redemption so that they carry it out fully.
Day 7: Read Mt. 25:1-13. In this parable, midnight was the time when wisdom and foolishness became apparent. The wise virgins received the blessing and the foolish ones did not. Ask the Lord to reveal any foolish thinking, or behavior, so that you can gain wisdom and receive the blessing. The book of Proverbs was written to teach wisdom. As you are in this watch, read Proverbs and gain wisdom.
Day 8: Read Mark 13:33-37. This parable also stresses the importance of being alert and prepared at any hour of the night. The master had assigned certain responsibilities to each slave and expected them to be faithful to their assignment. Review the assignments the Lord has given you to be sure you are alert and ready.
Day 9: Read Luke 11:5-13. In this parable the man in need received what he asked for when he knocked at midnight. Jesus stresses the importance of asking, seeking and knocking, until you receive what you need. Getting up to pray at midnight is a way of showing the Lord that you are serious about your needs. Let Him hear your cry at midnight.
Day 10: Read Acts 16:11-40. The oppressive situation Paul and Silas were in was completely reversed when they sang praises. At midnight, God intervened and broke them free. The injustice they had suffered was rectified and many were saved as a result of their sacrifice of praise at midnight. Many times, difficult situations will cause us to lose sleep. We find ourselves awake in the night worrying about what will happen. If this happens, begin to praise God and watch for Him to intervene in your life and reverse your hardship. Be aware that others who are aware of your circumstances are listening to what comes out of your mouth. Your praise will have a powerful effect on them.
Day 11: Read Acts 20:7-12. Don’t miss your miracle at midnight. There are things the Lord will say and do for those who are attentive when He begins to speak.
Day 12: Read Acts 27. When Paul was arrested in Jerusalem, the Lord appeared to him and told him that he would go to Rome. As he was on his way to Rome, a storm arose which threatened to sink the ship. The Lord sent an angel to let him know what would happen and assure him that all would be safe. The angel said that the ship must run aground. At midnight when the sailors took the sounding, they realized that the ship was about to run aground. Things began to happen just as the angel had said. The process of prophetic fulfillment began at midnight. Even the unbelieving sailors were part of God’s plan to get Paul to Rome to fulfill the word of the Lord. If you feel overwhelmed, review the word of the Lord to you and know that He will use even unbelievers to get you where you need to be.
Perhaps this watch is best known as being the time of Peter’s denial of the Lord.
Day 13: Read Matt. 26:31-35. The fact that all of the disciples would desert Him was known to Jesus. It was even prophesied in the Old Testament. In this passage, He is trying to prepare them for one of the most difficult times they would ever experience. Rather than taking the Lord’s words to heart, Peter denies that what Jesus is preparing them for will ever happen. Because he denied the possibility, he could not receive the preparation. The Lord still gives us prophetic words to prepare us for what is to come. In verse 32 Jesus gives them an incredible promise; that He will rise from the dead and go before them to Galilee. True prophetic words will always have a promise of redemption, no matter how hard the words are. Peter was so focused on convincing the Lord that he would never deny Him that he missed this awesome statement. Ask the Lord to make you very attentive to what He is saying, so that you are fully prepared for what is ahead and have the promise of the Lord to see you through.
Day 14: Read Mark 14:66-72. This passage gives the actual account of Peter’s denial. Despite his best intentions, he did exactly what Jesus had said he would do. When the reality of what he had done hit him, he wept bitterly. Weeping is a sign of true repentance. Peter’s response is so different from that of Judas. Judas tried to undo what he had done and when he could not “fix it,” he hung himself. There is no indication of true repentance in Judas. True repentance always opens the door for restoration. Where there is no repentance, there can be no restoration. Sometimes, what the Lord wants from us is not for us to “fix” our mistakes, but to come to Him in repentance. Let the Lord show you any areas where you have failed and you just need to repent.
Day 15: Read Luke 22: 31-34. This passage gives further insight into what was going on in the spirit realm. Satan had demanded permission to “sift” Peter like wheat. Sifting wheat was done by violently shaking the wheat through a strainer. The wheat would stay in the strainer, while the chaff would blow away. Satan had demanded permission to shake Peter up to see if there was any substance to his faith. To Jesus, the issue was not whether or not Peter would deny Him. That was already prophesied. The issue was what Peter would do afterward. The Lord allows our faith to be tested. He knows that we sometimes will not pass the test. When we are tested, the true substance of our faith becomes evident. This is not to condemn us, but so that we can see where we need to change. If you are in a “night season” where your faith is being tested, allow the words of the Lord to Peter bring comfort and encouragement to you. “I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail you. After you have turned, strengthen your brothers.”
Day 16: Read Luke 22:54-62. Luke gives such a beautiful account of the Lord’s response to Peter immediately following the denial. Even while being falsely accused by the religious leaders, Jesus was fully aware of what was going on with Peter. He knew the exact moment when Peter denied Him for the third time and turned and looked at him. He did not turn His face away from him, but turned toward him. I can imagine that Peter found himself looking into the compassionate eyes of Jesus, who had already prayed for this very moment. What a wonderful picture of the heart of God for us. Allow the Lord to look into your eyes, even during your times of failure and remember that He lives to make intercession for you.
Day 17: Read John 18:15-27. This is the only account which mentions another disciple being present. It is interesting that this “other disciple” was never questioned about his relationship with Jesus, but Peter was singled out three times. This was Peter’s time of testing. The “other disciple” would have a different test at a different time. Have you ever felt “singled out”? In your time of testing, do not compare yourself with others. Do not believe the lie that you are being treated unfairly by the Lord or that you are the only one who ever suffers. Find your way of victory and be prepared to help others pass their test when the time comes.
The Womb of the Dawn
As you pass the hour of midnight, you enter the “turning of the morning” or the “womb of the dawn”. This is the time when the hours stop moving into darkness and begin moving toward light. What has been conceived during the night comes to birth during the day.
Day 18: Read Psalm 110. This is one of the most quoted Psalms in the New Testament, referring to Jesus as the Messiah. Notice verse 3. The word for “day” means the hottest part of the day. The word for “power” is also the word for “army”. This verse promises that in the heat of the day a refreshing like the dew will come from the “womb of the dawn” on the army of the Lord. When we pray through the breaking of the day, new strength and refreshing are released when we need it most.
Day 19: Read Psalm 119:147. This verse describes the life of Jesus. There are many passages which relate how He would rise before light and go to a lonely place to pray. I believe that during those times, the Father would speak to Him about what the coming day would hold and show Him what He wanted to do. Jesus was never caught off guard because He heard the word of the Father before the day began. Ask the Lord to show you His order for your day before the day dawns.
Day 20: Read Psalm 139: 9-12. The Psalmist is painting a picture of the Lord being in any dark place. The word translated here as “wing” means “an extremity”. He is saying that if I am on the extreme edge of the dawn, as far from the dawn as I can get, or in the darkest place of the sea, You are there. Your hand will hold me and guide me. You will even make the darkness the same as the light to me. Ask the Lord to shine His light into any dark place so that the fear or threat of darkness is swallowed up in His light.
Day 21: Read Psalm 46:5, Job 38:12-13. Where God is established, we will not be moved or shaken. God will send help at the “turning of the morning” and we will arise and shake the wicked out of the day.
In our final seven days, let faith, a new identity, and a new cycle of blessing arise!
Day 22: Read Proverbs 3. Lean not on your own understanding. Ask the Lord for your strategy of giving this. Ask Him to fill your storehouses.
Day 23: Read Romans 8. Declare that your mind will submit to your spirit man. Ask the Lord to fill your spirit with the Holy Spirit.
Day 24: Read Luke 18:35-43. Notice the question. Answer this as if you were the blind man being asked by Jesus … “What do you want ME to do for YOU?”
Day 25: Read 2 Kings 4, Mark 8:1-10. What do you HAVE that the Lord can USE? Reevaluate your resources and let the Lord reveal His strategies for multiplication.
Day 26: Read I Kings 17, Luke 14:25-33. Will you put ME FIRST? Many times we fail the test of prioritizing our loyalty. Sometimes we must give first before our resources multiply.
Day 27: Read Matthew 26:31-35. Who are you really connected with? Will you stand with those the Lord has connected you to? Reevaluate all of your connections and alignments.
Day 28: Read Luke 5:1-11. Is your net mended? Will you let the Lord direct you into a new place? Are you ready for the call that He has for your future?
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