Current Open (Leaderless) Watches:
- Sunday 12pm – 2pm
- Wednesday 4am – 6am (2nd and 4th Weeks)
- Wednesday 12pm – 2pm
Become a volunteer and take the lead in an open watch!
Ready to lead on a prayer watch but aren’t an official Gateway House of Prayer volunteer? Download and fill out an application!
Anyone is welcome to attend any watch as a visitor, of course. If leading a watch by yourself is too much at this point, consider co-leading with another volunteer! Some of our watch leaders split the responsibility from week to week so the time commitment isn’t as demanding. We encourage teams of 3 as this has proven to be the most sustainable over time. Read on for a quick to tutorial on prayer watches, the theology and practicals of leading one!
How It Works
Gateway House of Prayer operates on a 24/7 schedule filled primarily with volunteers from the community. The schedule is organized into 84 2-hour prayer and worship meetings called “watches” every week. These meetings are lead by at least 1 volunteer called a “watch leader.” In order to become a watch leader, apply to become a Gateway volunteer. Once approved, you may begin taking responsibility of a watch as a co-leader or as the primary leader.
Theology of a Prayer Watch
Isaiah 62:6 uses the phrase “watchmen on [the] walls.” As a watchman or watch leader, your role is to stand as a representative of our region before God’s throne (Hebrew 4:16) and worship God in spirit and truth (John 4:23) and to intercede (standing in the gap (Ezekiel 22:30), asking, petitioning) for God’s kingdom to come and His will to be done on earth (Matthew 6:10). We do this night and day because Jesus is worthy of worship on earth as He’s worshipped in heaven (Revelation 4:8) and also to fulfill the first side of a conditional promise from Luke 18 for the Lord Jesus to release speedy justice (His perfect will) in our region and beyond in response to His people crying out day and night. 2 Chronicles 7:14 continually motivates us saying,
…if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
Practicals of Leading a Prayer Watch
FOR THE SOLO LEADER
Step 1: Pick a prayer focus. In order to know if you’re fulfilling your purpose, choose an area of focus to continually ask the Lord to accomplish each week. It could be a narrow as your own family or as broad as revival in the globe. The more specific, the better because it’s measurable and will encourage your prayer life.
There are “prayer boards” mounted on the walls surrounding the room. You could choose from one of them. There is a grouping of prayer boards called the Seven Mountains of Influence or 7 Spheres of Influence. These focuses/categories/mountains/spheres include: Religion (titled Church), Family, Business, Education, Government, Arts, Media, & Entertainment, and Health & Human Services. The other prayer boards include: The Region(Lancaster and surrounding counties), The Harvest, Israel, The Nations, and LIFE.
Step 2: Arrive on time. Sign the book.
Step 3: Turn on music, bust out your instrument, or turn off the music. Honor Jesus by reading His word, tell Him who He is (with spoken or sung words), sit and listen to the Holy Spirit. You could also spend time praying for anyone that might come into the room.
Step 4: Spend 45 minutes in intercession (asking, beseeching, petitioning, etc..) in your topic of focus. If 45 minutes is too long to stay focused at first, consider breaking it up or just working up to it over time.
Step 5: (Optional) Write down anything the Holy Spirit spoke to you in the “prophecy book” located next to the sign-in book on the table. Don’t worry, if what you say doesn’t come to pass, we won’t stone you. It’s simply meant to be a source of encouragement though some of the words shared could be of a higher order.