The 8 Prayer Watches

In James 5:16 (NIV), we are told that the “prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” As we pray, we stand watch over our families, cities, and nations. Just as men stood on city walls in the Bible to watch for approaching danger, God calls us to be modern-day watchmen and warn those who are in danger (2 Kings 9:17-18).

We are to watch not only for the enemy’s activity but also for the manifestation of God’s plans. If we watch for the enemy and announce his activity, we can avert the devil’s plans to steal, kill and destroy what God has for us. Jesus said in Matthew 24:43, “But know this, if the good man of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.”

Today more than ever, it is important that we pray and seek the mind of the Lord: “Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10). Major decisions we are confronted with require us to know God’s individual will for our lives.

With the Holy Spirit’s leading, we can discover God’s will and expose the plans of the enemy through strategic prayer.


1 Peter 4:7 in the Bible states:
‘But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.’

There are also references to where men like Daniel prayed at specific times. 


We observe eight prayer watches covering a 24 hour period which gives us the discipline to pray frequently each day and night. 


You may even find yourself repeatedly praying at specific times of the day or evening. If you have ever been awakened during the night or are wondering why you are being led to pray at specific times, it is probably because God wants you to pray or intercede for someone. Every prayer watch has a purpose.


Click each watch to view useful templates of what you could pray for as well as the times when the watches occur:


1st Watch

2nd Watch

3rd Watch

4th Watch

5th Watch

6th Watch

7th Watch

8th Watch