Prophetic Intercession Roles of Supplicant, Warrior, and Watchman

 woman in prophetic intercession on post at Holy in the Daily

For the third post in our series on prophetic intercession, I want to share briefly about what it means to be a supplicant, warrior, and watchman in prayer. To start, here’s a personal story:

Holding my baby close, I paced the floor, praying. His fever was high as I again petitioned the Lord to bring relief to my son. This was the second night in a row I had been up with him. Somehow, I knew this sickness was a spiritual attack against our fledgling ministry in a church where witches had attended our first service.

Turning again toward the living room, I saw a vision of a bright ball of light in the hallway. As I walked toward it repeating the name of Jesus, it darted over to the window.

Still holding my baby, I again approached it in the name of Jesus. The light ball left by way of the window. Immediately, my baby slept peacefully without a fever.

The intercession I had done that night tied together two abilities: the ability to perceive things in the spirit realm and the ability to petition the Lord for healing. A simple act of spiritual warfare brought my intercession to a close. My task was completed and my baby was healed.

The Bible gives us three pictures to help us better understand the task of an intercessor. The first is of a man standing in the gap as a supplicant, the second is of a warrior, and the third is the illustration of a watchman.

From my book Intercessors, God’s End-time Vanguard—How to Pray Effectively For the Things That Matter Most

Standing in the gap in prophetic intercession

In Ezekiel’s time, the Lord used the illustration of broken walls to describe Israel’s spiritual rebellion, sin, and corruption. The nation’s spiritual walls had huge gaps that resulted in the invasion of unholy philosophies and practices. Israel needed someone to stand in the gap, plead for mercy, and rebuild her spiritual walls, but there was no intercessor. The Lord said,

I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none (Ezekiel 22:30 NIV).

Francis Frangipane has described a gap as the distance between the way things are and the way things ought to be. There are many situations in peoples’ lives and in the life of a nation where gaps appear. Sometimes these breaches are caused by personal sin; other times they are the result of another’s sin. Demonic bombardment often assails the walls of those called to proclaim the gospel.

It is an intercessor’s task to stand in the gap to plead for God’s mercy and intervention and to fight as spiritual warriors against the invasion of evil. The first is called supplication; the second is spiritual warfare.

The supplicant in prophetic intercession

Supplication can be described as asking or petitioning another for mercy. Intercessors stand before the throne of God and ask for his intervention in the affairs of men. Psalm 106:23 gives us the example of Moses as a supplicant for the nation of Israel:

So he said he would destroy them, had not Moses, his chosen one, stood in the breach before him to keep his wrath from destroying them (NIV).

The warrior in prophetic intercession

The second purpose of an intercessor who stands in the gap is that of spiritual warfare. In this arena intercessors do not face God in prayer as they did in supplication. They turn and face the forces of evil and war against them. The warrior’s role is one of enforcing Christ’s victory, which was won at Calvary.

The watchman in prophetic intercession

As intercessors, many of us watch upon the spiritual walls of our families, keeping vigil against an unseen enemy. Through the eyes of the spirit, we are able to sight impending danger and sound an alarm when needed. Sometimes there is a gap in the wall where stones have shifted and fallen into disarray. At that point we must leave our watchtower, stand in the gap, and engage in spiritual warfare.

Watchmen also have the privilege of announcing the arrival of important ambassadors and dignitaries (see Isaiah 52:7, 8). Two New Testament watchmen saw the coming of the Messiah and, on the day of His arrival in Jerusalem, both Anna and Simeon announced His entry to all who would listen (see Luke 2:25-38). The promise of a Messiah, given so long before, had finally arrived in the form of a baby.

The role of a watchman involves both watching for danger and announcing the arrival of the promises of God. God sets watchmen in their places upon the walls, and He requires that they take their job seriously (see Isaiah 62:6, 7).

Well, that’s it for today. Which task of an intercessor are you most comfortable in—supplicant, warrior, or watchman? I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below, Susan

For more on how to operate as a watchman, warrior, or supplicant, see Chapter 7 of Intercessors, God’s End-time Vanguard-How to Pray Effectively For the Things That Matter Most.

Related posts:

Behind the Scenes and Center Stage With Prophetic Intercession

Getting Comfortable With Prophetic Intercession and Prophetic Acts

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15 Responses to Prophetic Intercession Roles of Supplicant, Warrior, and Watchman

  1. I have been doing it all, I think, that and the crying part; but delineated like this, it really becomes crystal clear. Good post!

  2. Thanks Lilly. Glad you found it helpful. I can relate to your comment about crying. That seems to be woven into so much of intercession for some of us.

  3. i find myself being a warrior in emergency situations and being surprised . i remember once when i was not ready ,but went right into prayer and worship with no time to spare , the spirit of the lord is so great that way with lots of peace ,but power with prayer and thank you jesus,im off and singing ,with my sword drawn and my shield up , and not afraid like i thought i would be . but of course after it was over crying ,but rejoicing in the victory in jesus …. yeahhhhh

  4. Thank you for this post. I think I have done all of the above but sometimes feel quite isolated because of my gifting. Presently I feel a pull on the warrior side of things but I find it quite physically, emotionally and spiritually draining. I think this is because I am also a burden bearer and i can feel quite heavy with it. I hope with time that I will be able to walk with joy in this gift.

    • Most intercessor’s feel much like you do at times, April, so you aren’t alone. It is just such a behind the scenes job and the prayer closet does get lonely. I provide some tips on how to walk comfortably in the call of intercession in my book, Intercessors, God’s End-time Vanguard. You might find it helpful. Blessings to you as you grow in your calling, Susan

  5. Hello Susan,
    Truly thanking our Lord Jesus for leading and directing me to your website. I began “Again” about 2 wks ago, to focus again more intently on my gifting in prophetic Intercession, as I was directed back by a simple Word of the Lord given to me, to take “one day” and sit in His Presence,worshiping and praising Him. And that I would receive His answers to so many issues that were “distressing me” and had successfully pulled me through much distraction and chaos in my family ( oldest son, living with me for the past 3yrs, and his divorce,and stressful communication with his ex-wife over his bi-weekly Court ordered visitation, and the sadness and distress of my son and my grandchildren in the midst of it all. I found myself, “bearing their “heart-ache for these 3yrs. But Glory to God, as I sat in His Presence, that glorious day, my Abba, delivered me, I cast Every care,worry, concern, EVERYTHING INTO HIS HANDS, AND HE INSTRUCTED ME TO DO SO DAILY, TO MAINTAIN MY “FREEDOM” in His Presence and in the Spirit!!! Glory to God!! He reminded me of His calling upon my life to minister unto Him in my Prayer Closet,Sanctuary of the Most High God,and as I remain before Him, I will receive His Peace,the holy Peace of Jesus that surpasses All Understanding ( All Human Understanding) I would receive His Strength,Joy and everything I need to face tomorrow, to pray for myself and others He brings across my path. I felt impressed of His Holy Spirit to “study my calling and gift and He has lead me so graciously to Your Website, and I have encountered His Holy Peace and joy here.
    Thank You for all you have done and all you are doing in obedience to Him and His calling on your life to help us as Intercessors, along the way. I have a desire to create a Website for Godly widows, and those seeking Christ Jesus as Widows, redeemed and un-redeemed, to lead them closer to jesus Christ and also that they may find their Purpose and Calling in Intercession, and whatever our Lord and Father may desire to use their lives for His Glory. ( Forgive me for being so long-winded :) which I know is also one of my “gifts”, and His reason for leading me to create the Website, to share His words with others like myself, seeking More of Him and to share His Love with those who feel they are all alone, and abandoned when they are most definitely not, AMEN!!! Abundant God Blessings to you, Susan and THANK YOU!!! Amen

    • So glad you stopped by and shared your story, Gwen. Totally loved hearing it. I’ll be praying for your adventure of building a website for godly widows. That seems like it would really be appreciated by so many who seem to be walking alone through widowhood. You go, Girl!

  6. Just truly thanking the Lord for your website and the value word and guidance in the Lord’s ministry of intercession. I have experienced a three areas and am also interested in learning more about this gift that has been given.

    Thank you for your obedience and love for the truth and for the people of God and their walk in their destiny..

    God bless you and I and sure the others are praying for your renewed strength and anointing to continue in this work of the Lord until He returns for us all!!!!

    • Thank you for the kind words and encouragement, Beverly. I look forward to getting to know you better and hearing about your adventures in intercession. If you’re still looking to learn more, you can check out my book on Amazon, Intercessors, God’s End-time Vanguard: How to Pray Effectively for the Things that Matter Most. It goes into much more depth than these simple posts.

      Blessings to you, and keep praying!

  7. I am a little of all three , I think God wants to equip His people in all three because its needed. To pull down, cover and release strongholds and blessings.

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