“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 (NKJV)
It was common in Isaiah’s day for every city to have at least one watchman on duty at all times. The watchman would stand at a place in the city where he would have the most strategic view of the area surrounding the city. His primary job was to watch for the approach of an enemy army. If he saw an enemy army approaching he was to use a trumpet to warn the city of the impending danger. The watchmen always knew that an attack was possible, and maybe even probable. So they stayed alert, watching for the coming attack. Their job was to warn the city BEFORE the attack was going on. They would have been pretty poor watchmen to not sound the alarm until the city was under attack.
The spiritual application of this is that watchmen are intercessors. They are not to hold their peace. Instead, they are to cry out to God day and night. They are to cry out to God until God fulfills His promises regarding Jerusalem. The wording in this passage is interesting. These watchmen are to never hold their peace. They are not to keep silent. They are to give God no rest until He does what He says He would do. What a great picture of an intercessor.
All believers are to be watchmen, and therefore intercessors. We know that spiritual attacks are always possible and even probable. So we must stay alert watching for the coming attack. It’s not enough for us to get involved after the attack has happened. We must intercede before the fighting starts. We must not hold our peace. Instead we must cry out to God day and night, never being silent, giving Him no rest so that we can see His promises accomplished in the lives of those we are interceding for. This is what being a watchmen is all about.
There is a great need for believers to be intercessors in our day. We need to intercede for our family, our church, our community, our state, and our country. It is important for us to take our jobs as God’s watchman seriously. We must take it seriously because protection from the strategies of the enemy are not automatic. If they were Jesus would not have told us to pray not to be led into temptation and to be delivered from the evil one (Matt 6:13). God has given us clear warnings about the schemes of Satan and we must heed those warnings, be alert to those schemes and intercede for others before they come casualties of war.