"God is Releasing an Awakening to Pray in the 4th Watch of the Night"
By Ella Onakoya
I believe the Lord is calling forth many in the Church to arise and pray in the 4th watch of the night. I sense the Lord is saying that the night belongs to Him and He is on course to redeem that which the enemy
is attempting to steal and destroy in the night seasons.
Many are being woken up in the 4th watch between the hours of 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. to pray. The Lord revealed to me that this is a heavenly strategy for the release of deliverance,
accelerated destinies, and divinely orchestrated breakthroughs. It is always, of course, expedient to pray at all seasons and all times, but recently the Lord revealed to me what He is releasing in this key season of the 4th watch of the night, and why many
are being awakened to partner with Him to pray during this time.
An Hour to Be Activated into the Supernatural Moves, Signs and Wonders!
"I believe this is an hour where resurrection power is released to bring back
to life what has died in our lives."
As the Lord shared this with me, He used the example of a great supernatural manifestation which saw Jesus walk on water during the 4th watch, as He also beckoned Peter to walk on water in Matthew 14:25-29.
Peter was able to walk on water as long as he fixed his gaze on Jesus. For those believing for a supernatural awakening in their own lives, I encourage you to focus on Jesus, as He stirs you to pray in the 4th watch of the night in order to experience the
awakening He has for you.
Several years ago when I was invited to Sweden to minister, I was advised by a friend who had had a difficult experience of ministry in Sweden. I prayed and sought the Lord's face before the meetings in Sweden
and the Lord gave me a supernatural encounter in a dream at night.
In the dream, I was about to cross a bridge to go into another region when a big angelic being stood beside me and took my left hand in his. I believe this heavenly being
wanted me to receive a supernatural impartation for the journey ahead, and so I was halted for a while with my hand held in his. I felt a mighty, supernatural surge of impartation in my being that was so powerful, that I felt it as I awoke. I awoke before
dawn during the 4th watch and prayed into the encounter I had, believing it had to do with my being equipped for my ministry trip to Sweden.
That trip to Sweden was marked with a great outpouring of the Holy Spirit that saw the lost coming
to salvation supernaturally, and many miracles, signs and wonders with the Believers in Sweden also being activated and quickened to do many wonderful things for the Kingdom. (You can read more of this testimony in my book Spirit-Led Evangelism.)
A Watch to Press in for Your Personal Breakthrough
I believe we are in a season where much awaited breakthrough which has been delayed, will now manifest. I sense that Heaven is stirring many to pray in this watch to
see their personal breakthroughs manifest.
In Genesis 32:22-29, it was at daybreak, the last hour of the 4th watch, that Jacob got his breakthrough as he wrestled all night with a heavenly being. His name was changed from Jacob to Israel
as he had struggled with man and God and prevailed. Jacob, whose name became Israel, received a blessing in the place of wrestling with God till daybreak. I sense in my spirit that prophetically the dawn of a new day is coming forth for many who have been
pressing in for the manifestation of their blessings and breakthroughs.
An Hour of Great Supernatural Deliverance
As the powers of darkness devise strategies to release evil into our nations and communities,
God is declaring that He will overthrow these armies of darkness and their schemes. He wants to rouse His army in the 4th watch of the night to overturn demonic decrees. In Exodus 14 verse 24, as the Israelites were passing through the parted Red Sea, it was
during the last watch of the night (which is the 4th watch) that the Lord looked down on the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and cloud and overthrew the Egyptian army in the Red Sea as they tried to pursue and overtake the Israelites. Watch the Lord fight
your battles in this hour against stubborn and resistant demonic forces of darkness!
Several years ago, I experienced a great move of God's supernatural deliverance during the 4th watch. At the time there had been reports of bird flu in
parts of the world outside of the UK, where some were dying of it. During that time, I saw a newspaper report where experts had written that the bird flu was on its way to the UK. I had a dream shortly after the newspaper report where I saw people being sick
with the flu and dying from it. I woke up from this terrible dream about 3 a.m. (the hour where the 4th watch begins) and asked Jesus why I was so powerless in the dream to help people dying of the flu. He told me to meditate on the power of His name before
going back to bed.
"...It was at daybreak, the last hour of the 4th watch that Jacob got his breakthrough as he had struggled with man and God and prevailed."
As I meditated on Philippians 2 verse 10, I felt the power
of authority in the name of Jesus released into my spirit as I realized afresh that I had been given a name at which every being on Earth, in Heaven, and under the earth bows to.
"...that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of
those in Heaven, and of those on Earth, and of those under the earth..." (Philippians 2:10)
I went back to sleep the same night shortly after meditating on this Scripture, and had the same dream where I saw many getting sick with fever
and dying. However, I was now filled with boldness as I had been meditating on the power in the name of Jesus before I slept. In the dream, I looked up and saw a huge, monstrous bird flying from the sky (I believe it was flying from the realm of the second
heaven). Ephesians 6:12 says, "For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this age and against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places."
forth my hand against the bird and commanded God's fire to be released to consume what I discerned was a demonic entity flying from the second Heaven. I saw the fire of God release and consume the demonic bird and it disappeared. I woke up from the dream with
a sense of victory. It was such a testament to the glory of God that after that dream and up till now, the bird flu that poses a threat to human life has not been seen in the UK. I believe this was due to the releasing of the prayer decree in my dream, along
with many saints praying together, against the demonic entity that I believe was on its way to release bird flu in the UK.
In that incident, my prayer in the 4th watch took place in a supernatural encounter in a dream. I believe this is
very much a watch where we can tap into the supernatural anointing from the Lord to bring deliverance. As the Lord overturned the army of Egypt in the 4th watch of the night, so I believe He is saying to you that the Egyptians you see today, you will see no
The 4th Watch - The Hour of Resurrection
If you are reading this and you feel you are in dead-end situations where dreams and words the Lord had spoken into your life seemed to have died, watch
and tarry with the Lord as He stirs your spirit to pray in this hour. I believe this is an hour where resurrection power is being released to bring back to life what has died in our lives. Matthew 28 verse 1-2 gave a great account of how the resurrection of
Jesus took place around dawn (the last watch of the night), where an earthquake had just taken place and an angel had appeared to roll away the stone. I truly believe that as we are led to pray during this watch, we can tap into a release of God's resurrection
I believe Heaven is stirring us up at all watches to pray but in this season, I sense an urgent awakening of the Church to pray in the 4th watch. Rise up saints of God, and partner with Heaven in this watch to see the great deliverance
the Lord wants to bring in our lives, cities and nations.
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