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20th Day of 40

Today, Wednesday, October 14, 2020, is 20 days before the November 3, 2020, Election Day in the United Today also marks the half-way point in the “40 Day Window of the Watchmen” where God spoke to my heart to challenge us to set prayer alarms during the four “Watches” of the day: 9 AM; Noon; 3 PM; 6 PM and join together in a heartfelt prayer for repentance, thanksgiving, and a plea for God to help us, direct us, and unify us as a people. The prayer I have been offering every day as kind of a template to follow is: “FATHER, WE DECLARE OUR REPENTENCE OF OUR SINS; WE EXALT YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS; WE EXPRESS OUR THANKFULNESS; WE LIFT OUR NATION BEFORE….PLEASE:FORGIVE US,UNIFY US,HELP US,DIRECT US,HUMBLE US,HEAL US,REVIVE US,RENEW US….”I had an interesting discussion yesterday with my sixth grade grandson about the time of the “Watches” each day. The “Watch” idea comes from when a people group in order to protect themselves in the time of conquerors would live with in the protection of cities fortified by huge walls with one large gate that raised and lowered on certain times of the day letting people come and go. The walls were large and wide. Some walls were so wide many of the activities of the city were conducted upon them. It is said the walls of ancient Babylon were so wide they could have chariot races around them six chariots deep. In order to further protect themselves, guards were designated around the entire top of the wall whose primary job was to watch any approach to the city. The “Watchmen” were more than guards, police, snipers, intelligence agents, or a security detail. They were “all of the above” plus more. The city below felt safe knowing these highly trained people could and would keep an eye open 24/7 (in shifts of course), able to access any and all approaching danger. The idea of “Watchmen” in the contest of this 40 Day Window is a spiritual exercise in our responsibility for our nation. We have been so blessed, but we have taken many things for granted and become numb to the sin around us. We need to get back up on the wall and be God’s Watchmen again, accessing, crying out, and praying for the approaching armies that would threaten the peace of the city. We are spiritual guards and protectors. We teach and guide from the posts God gives us on the Walls of the City. After some of this lesson, my sixth grade Grandson said, “Grandpa, why don’t you pray at 9 PM; Midnight; 3 AM; and 6 AM too???” (Note, he was making a statement, NOT asking a question…..sarcasm from a sixth grader. Ha! Of course he gets it from his Grandma’s side of the family). However, his teasing question is NOT LOST on me. Think of the prayer cover if we organized ourselves to have a consistent prayer cover 24/7 over our nation–NO LETTING DOWN–EVER. Think of the clouds of darkness that could/would be pushed back and the power and presence of the Lord we would experience all the time! Just thinking…AND praying. God Bless & Much Love, Marc & Marceil

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