Shifts In Intercession

By Pastor Juliana T Akinbami

1. The Morning Shift in Intercession
The morning shift in intercession is symbolic of a time of fresh beginnings, alignment with God’s plans, and a proactive step to seek His direction. This should be the goal of every intercessor, just like the early riser we awaken morning by morning to hear God speak to us. Here, are some scriptures to enhance our understanding.
Genesis 1:3-5: The Creation of Light
  • “And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light ‘day,’ and the darkness he called ‘night.’ And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.”
  • Just as God began His process of creation with the declaration of light, so does the morning shift signify the commencement of something new. It’s a call to intercessors to step into the light of God’s revelations and strategies for the day.
Psalm 5:3: Seeking God Early
  • “In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.”
  • This scripture underscores the essence of seeking God early. The morning shift is about presenting our petitions and intercessions to God at the dawn of a new day and waiting in anticipation of His response. Seeking God early is not confined to time only, it includes seeking God early at the start of a process … the work of ministry, building your house, marriage, parenting etc.
Lamentations 3:22-23: New Mercies Every Morning
  • “Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
  • Every morning presents new mercies from the Lord. When you embrace the morning shift, you will tap into the fresh outpouring of God’s compassion, grace, and guidance for the day.
Isaiah 50:4-5: The Obedient Servant
  • “The Sovereign LORD has given me a well-instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed.”
  • This scripture reflects the heart of an intercessor who is keen to receive divine instruction. The morning shift allows for undistracted communion with God, listening keenly to His voice and direction.
Mark 1:35: Jesus’ Example
  • “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.”
  • Jesus Himself exemplified the value of the morning shift. By seeking communion with His Father early, before the busyness of the day set in, He demonstrated the importance of prioritizing one’s relationship with God and the power of starting the day grounded in prayer.

Concluding, the morning shift in intercession is not merely about the time of day but the posture of the heart. It’s about intentionally setting aside the beginning of our day to align with God, seek His face, and be empowered to intercede effectively. It serves as a reminder that just as the day starts anew, so does our opportunity to commune with God and receive fresh insights for intercession.

Prayer for Embracing the Morning Shift in Intercession

Heavenly Father, as I step into a new day. May the light of Your wisdom, revelation, and strategy shine upon my path, illuminating every step I take.

Lord, as the morning signifies the onset of something new, I pray that my spirit aligns with Yours. Empower me to discern Your will, embrace Your purpose, and execute Your plans with clarity and precision.

May every day be a testament to Your unfailing love and omnipotent power, as I endeavor to walk in the light of Your truth and love.

Teach me, O God, the essence of seeking You early. Let every sunrise be a reminder of Your steadfast love, and may my spirit always be attuned to Your voice, ever ready to both speak to and hear from You.

Father, as Jesus rose while it was still dark to seek solace in a solitary place of prayer, I, too, desire to carve out moments to be alone with You. I choose to turn to You, grounding my heart and soul in intimate communion.

Teach me that the secret to spiritual strength and clarity lies in these precious moments with God. Help me to guard this sacred time, to be disciplined in seeking You first, and to recognize the immeasurable power that comes from being rooted in prayer.

I offer this prayer in Jesus’ name, Amen.


  1. The midday shift in intercession

The midday shift in intercession emphasizes the necessity of perseverance, endurance, and continued commitment to the purpose of prayer, even when immediate results may not be evident. In the parable in Matthew 20:1-16, the midday workers demonstrate a commitment to the work even if they started later than others. In the same way, intercessors during the midday shift must maintain their fervor and trust in God’s timing. Here are some scriptures for the midday shift.

Daniel 6:10: Daniel’s Steadfast Prayer Routine

  • Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.”
  • Despite the decree that forbade prayer to any god other than King Darius, Daniel persisted in his prayer routine. This scripture demonstrates that as intercessors we should remain consistent in our petitions, regardless of external circumstances.
Galatians 6:9: Not Growing Weary
  • “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”
  • The midday shift in intercession can be challenging as one continues without always seeing immediate results. This scripture encourages us to persist, knowing that in due time, we will witness the fruits of our labour in prayer.
James 5:16b: Effective, Fervent Prayer
  • The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”
  • Being fervent and consistent, even in the midst of the day’s challenges, will lead to effective intercession.
Exodus 17:8-13: Aaron and Hur Supporting Moses
  • In this story, as long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites prevailed against the Amalekites. Aaron and Hur supported Moses’ hands, one on one side and one on the other, so his hands remained steady until sunset.
  • This illustrates the idea of perseverance and mutual support during intercession. Sometimes, the “midday” battles are long, and intercessors may need the support of others to remain steady and effective in their prayers. That is why staying connected with a group like The Watchers PM is so helpful.
Luke 18:1-8: The Parable of the Persistent Widow
  • Jesus tells a story about a widow who persistently seeks justice from an unjust judge. Despite initially refusing, the judge eventually grants her request due to her relentless pursuit.
  • This parable emphasizes the importance of continuous and fervent intercession, even when answers seem delayed.
In essence, the midday shift in intercession serves as a reminder that the journey of prayer often requires sustained effort, commitment, and faith. It’s about standing firm, even in the heat of challenges, and continually pressing into God’s promises. As we navigate this shift, we will learn the value of steadfastness and the power of persistent prayer.

Prayer for Navigating the Midday Moments in Intercession

Sovereign Lord, Holder of all creation, I turn to You, drawing strength from Your encompassing presence.
Despite the challenges faced by Daniel, he persisted unwaveringly in his prayers. I am determined to stand resolute in my devotion to prayer, even when confronted with life’s hurdles.

In Galatians, Your Word prompts us not to be weary in striving for good because there is a just reward. Grant me a spirit of bravery and determination to maintain my petitions, irrespective of the situations I face.

Impress upon me the immense value and significance of continual dedication. Lord, my desire is to be passionate in my prayers, recognizing the potency of such fervour. Just as Aaron and Hur upheld Moses, leading to triumph over the Amalekites, I pray to find strength in the fellowship of believers, especially during moments of fatigue.

Thank You, Father, for the community of the Watchers who help to keep me in prayer. May we collectively stand, uplifting each other, ensuring our dedication remains unshaken, and our prayers stay fervent.
Just as the persistent widow was tenacious, let my spirit remain unwavering, always trusting in Your promises. Illuminate for me the essence of persistent prayer and the importance of relying on Your perfect timing.

When challenges amplify, strengthen my resolve. Anchor me in Your assurances and inflame my spirit, always delving deeper into the realm of intercession.

I thank you for Your ceaseless love and guidance during this period. As I journey through this midday phase of intercession, may Your Spirit persistently lead, uphold, and empower me.

In the name of Jesus, Amen.

  1. The Late Afternoon Shift In Intercession
The late afternoon shift in intercession is reminiscent of God’s relentless love and mercy. This shift encapsulates the act of praying for those who seem forgotten by society, the marginalized, the downtrodden, and those feeling left behind. The parable from Matthew 20:1-16 emphasizes God’s boundless grace for all, regardless of when they come into His fold. Let’s consider some Bible scriptures.
While this shift applies to everyone, it is also a call to mothers and fathers who are now empty nesters, widows, and people who have probably retired from active ministry in their local church. You can take up this shift of intercession. Let’s examine some scriptures:
Luke 15:11-32: The Parable of the Prodigal Son
  • In this story, the younger son, after squandering his inheritance, returns to his father’s home. His father, instead of chastising him, welcomes him with open arms, celebrating his return.
  • This parable underscores God’s immeasurable compassion and grace for those who may seem lost or distant. Intercessors in the late afternoon shift carry this same heart of compassion, praying for those who are drifting spiritually to be drawn back to the Father.
James 1:27: True Religion
  • “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”
  • This scripture emphasizes the call to care for the overlooked and vulnerable. Intercessors during this shift are moved to pray for those society may disregard, knowing God’s heart for them.
Matthew 25:35-40: The Least of These
  • Jesus teaches that when we serve the least among us, we serve Him. He emphasizes providing for those in need, whether hungry, thirsty, a stranger, naked, sick, or imprisoned.
  • Intercessors in the late afternoon shift internalize this call, interceding for the welfare and salvation of the “least of these” in society.
Luke 23:39-43: The Thief on the Cross
  • Even in His last moments, Jesus showed grace and mercy to one of the thieves crucified alongside Him. The thief, recognizing Jesus as the Messiah, was promised paradise.
  • This moment encapsulates the essence of the late afternoon shift: it’s never too late for God’s grace. We have to pray with hope, knowing that redemption can come in the eleventh hour. We pray, trusting that it is not over. It’s never too late, so we do not give up.
John 8:1-11: The Woman Caught in Adultery
  • When the Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery before Jesus, seeking to stone her, He responded with wisdom and compassion. Instead of condemnation, Jesus offered her grace, telling her to go and sin no more.
  • This story exemplifies the heart of intercessors during the late afternoon shift, praying for those caught in sin, drug addiction, sexual perversion and those who are yet to receive the gift of salvation that they might encounter God’s mercy and transformative power.

In conclusion, the late afternoon shift in intercession calls for a compassionate heart that mirrors God’s own. It’s about recognizing that everyone, regardless of their past or present, is worthy of God’s love and redemption. When we embrace this shift we become pivotal in interceding for the lost, marginalized, and broken, believing in the power of God’s all-encompassing grace.

Prayer for the Late Afternoon Communion in Intercession

Gracious Heavenly Father, I approach You with a spirit attuned to the marginalized, the unseen, those who have not been saved and those lost in a world of sin.

With You, no one is too distant or too lost to be embraced by Your grace.
Just like the prodigal son came to his senses and returned to his father, I lift up those who feel estranged from You. May they discover the encompassing warmth of Your love and journey back into Your open arms. (mention those you know)

Equip me with a heart aligned with Yours, valuing each soul and standing in prayer for those who are often overshadowed. I raise my prayers for the needy, homeless, ailing, and confined. Those lost in sin, those who are troubled at home (let the Holy Spirit lead you).

May they feel Your loving presence, provision, and redemption and see their lives transformed by Your might. As Jesus granted mercy to the repentant thief in his final hours, it reminds me that Your grace knows no bounds. Let this knowledge charge my prayers, realizing that salvation and change can happen even at the last moment.

I pray for those ensnared by transgressions. May they encounter Your life-altering mercy, embrace Your grace and walk on a renewed path of righteousness.

In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.

  1. The evening shift in intercession
The evening shift in intercession carries a weight of urgency, recognizing that time is of the essence, especially in the spiritual realm. As the day draws to a close in the parable from Matthew 20:1-16, the last set of workers are brought into the vineyard, exemplifying God’s endless pursuit of souls till the very end. This phase emphasizes the pressing nature of intercession for the salvation of souls. In addition, there are seasons in our lives or the lives of our loved ones where we can sense the urgency of intercession concerning a situation. We must not be complacent but take action. Let’s further dissect this concept through relevant Bible scriptures:
Romans 13:11-12: Time to Awaken
  • “And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is nearly over; the day is almost here.”
  • This scripture underlines the urgency of the moment, urging us to wake up and understand the times. As intercessors in the evening shift, we perceive this urgency and intensify our prayers.
2 Peter 3:9: God’s Patience for Salvation
  • “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead, he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”
  • God’s heart is for all to come to the knowledge of the truth. Intercessors during this shift partner with God’s heart, fervently praying for the salvation of the lost, and for any needed intervention.
John 9:4: Work While It Is Day
  • “As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.”
  • Jesus stresses the urgency of doing God’s work while there is still time. The evening shift captures this sentiment, pushing intercessors to act before it’s too late. Every moment is an opportunity to pray, we pray right through until we see the desired end.
Acts 16:25-34: Paul and Silas in Prison
  • In the darkest hour of night, Paul and Silas prayed and sang hymns. Their fervent intercession led not only to their miraculous release but also to the salvation of the jailer and his entire household.
  • This story embodies the essence of the evening shift, where prayers can bring salvation even in seemingly dire circumstances.
Luke 12:35-40: Be Ready for the Son of Man’s Return
  • Jesus likens His return to a master returning unexpectedly, emphasizing the need to always be prepared.
  • Intercessors in the evening shift hold onto this reality, praying for souls to be ready for Christ’s imminent return.
Revelation 22:17: The Final Invitation
  • “The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let the one who hears say, ‘Come!’ Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.”
  • As Revelation concludes, a final, urgent invitation is extended to all. This captures the spirit of the evening shift, a pressing call for souls to respond to God’s grace.
In essence, the evening shift in intercession brings with it a deep sense of purpose and urgency. As the day wanes, the imminent return of Christ and the shortness of time become evident. Intercessors in this phase fervently pray for eyes to be opened, hearts to turn to Christ, and souls to be saved before night falls.

Prayer for Embracing the Evening Shift in Intercession

Heavenly Father, Creator of the universe and Sustainer of all life, I come before You with a deep sense of urgency and purpose. Inspired by Your Word, I understand that the day is almost gone, and the night is nearly upon us.

Lord, according to Romans 13:11-12, I acknowledge that our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. Awaken my spirit, O God, to the urgency of the moment. Let my prayers be fervent, and my intercession be direct, that I may participate in Your direct redemptive plan for mankind. And particularly for those I am interceding for today.

O God, who is slow to anger and full of mercy, I stand on the promises of 2 Peter 3:9. You desire that no one should perish but that all should come to repentance. Father, I align my heart with Yours, praying earnestly for the salvation of souls that are lost and seeking. May my intercession partner with Your Spirit to reach into the darkness and bring Your marvellous light.

(make intercession for all who need salvation of soul or deliverance from infirmity, etc.)

In the words of Your Son, Jesus, in John 9:4, “As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me.” Help me, Lord, to work while it is still day. I sense the urgency, Father, to pray without ceasing, believing for transformation and miracles, just as Paul and Silas experienced in Acts 16.

Even in the darkest hours, Paul and Silas prayed fervently, as I pray, I believe in miraculous breakthroughs and salvation. May my evening intercessions be marked by such faith, believing in Your transformative power, even in seemingly insurmountable circumstances.

(I trust and believe for miracles in the following areas…)

According to Luke 12:35-40, I declare my readiness for Your return. May my prayers not just be for temporal needs but also for eternal preparedness. May souls be ready to meet You, their lamps filled with oil, waiting expectantly for the Bridegroom’s arrival.

God, as I embrace the evening shift in intercession, grant me the wisdom, fervour, and urgency to pray effectively. Let my prayers be instrumental in turning hearts to You, securing their eternal destiny in Your kingdom.

Father, I join with the Spirit and the Bride in saying, ‘Come!’ May those who hear respond. May the thirsty come and take the free gift of the water of life. As the evening draws near and the shift in intercession continues, let my prayers be as incense before You, a sweet aroma ascending to the heavens.

In Jesus’ mighty name, I pray. Amen.

Wow, this brings us to the end of today’s watch. What a blessing. Have you identified your place as an intercessor? Are you ready for the shifts? May the grace of God continue to abound towards you and me, Amen.

Here are the declarations for the week:

  1. “I declare that every day is a new day filled with God’s wisdom, revelation, and divine strategy. My steps are ordered, and my path is clear.”
  2. “As the morning sun rises, so does my spirit align with God’s will. I am empowered to discern and execute His divine plans with utmost clarity and precision.”
  3. “With unwavering resolve, I stand committed to my devotion to prayer, just like Daniel. No challenge or hurdle will deter my spiritual focus.”
  4. “I proclaim that my spirit is filled with bravery and determination. I will not grow weary in well-doing, for I know my reward is coming.”
  5. “In fellowship with believers, and in particular The Watchers, I find renewed strength to continue in fervent prayer. Together, we uplift each other, forming an unbreakable chain of intercession.”
  6. “My prayers encompass the marginalized, the unseen, and the estranged. No one is too distant to be reached by God’s grace; I declare their return to the Father.”
  7. “I am equipped with a compassionate heart, praying for the needy, the homeless, and the ailing. Transformation and provision are theirs, in Jesus’ name.”
  8. “With an awakened spirit, I recognize the urgency of this moment. I declare that my prayers and intercessions are fueled by an eternal perspective, working for the redemption of mankind.”
  9. “Even in the darkest hours, my faith stands firm. Miracles and breakthroughs are manifesting even now as I engage in fervent intercession.”
  10. “I declare my readiness for the return of Christ. My prayers go beyond temporal needs and focus on eternal preparedness. Souls are ready, lamps filled, and hearts expectant.
  11. I declare this in Jesus’ name, Amen.