A few years ago, I discovered that prayer should be going forth for the ministry and leaders around the clock. Unfortunately, most ministries or individuals never change their stratagem or tactics; therefore, they experience casualties. It is important that you move according to the choreographic movements of heaven and the methodologies of the Holy Spirit.
There are prayer watches that are designed to enforce. These watches should be done during the first watch–around 6:00 PM. Prayer watches for Jesus were three-hour interval. This first watch is the optimum time to command your day for tomorrow. Decreeing and declaring all things be released of what rightfully belongs to you. Also, asking the Lord to shake evil out of its place and to bring all elements under His control.
The most crucial hour is the bewitching hour and that is the second–9-12 PM, and third watch 12-3 AM. During this time, warfare should be intense and your most experience snipers should be assigned. The morning hour prayers are great; however, they are the agreement prayer for what has taken place during the night. Note: your day starts at the first watch.
Military tactics are both a science and an art. The main concept of these tactics are to maintain a positional army and hence easily control the army in any position and situation. Some practices have not changed since the dawn of warfare: ambushes, seeking and turning flanks, maintaining reconnaissance, creating and using obstacles and defenses, etc. Using ground to best advantage has not changed much either. Heights, rivers, swamps, passes, choke points, and natural cover, can all be used in multiple ways. Before the nineteenth century, many military tactics were confined to battlefield concerns: how to maneuver units during combat in open terrain. Nowadays, specialized tactics exist for many situations, for example for securing a room in a building.
To be effective in spiritual warfare it is important to study the science of war. While praying during the third watch–around 3:00 AM, the Lord showed me our prayer ambassador–the shield in a trench, offensively glad with armor. I did some studying on this to get a clear understanding of our prayer ambassadors stance. This is our position and office that we are to magnify at this time–Offensive Trench Force–(OTF).
Trench raiding was a feature of trench warfare which developed during World War I. It was the practice of making small scale surprise attacks on enemy position. Raids were made by both sides in the conflict and always took place at night for reasons of stealth. Any attempt to raid a trench during daylight hours would have been pointless because it would have been quickly spotted: enemy machine gunners and snipers had a clear view of no man’s land and could easily shoot anyone who showed their head above the trench.
Typically, raids were carried out at night by small teams of men who would black up their faces with burnt cork before crossing the barbed wire and other debris of no man’s land to infiltrate enemy trench systems. The distance between friendly and enemy front lines varied, but was generally several hundred meters.
Despite the fact that World War I was the first conflict to be fought by mechanized means, trench raiding was very similar to medieval warfare insofar as it was fought face-to-face with crude weaponry. Trench raiders were lightly equipped for stealthy, unimpeded movement. Typically, raiding parties were armed with deadly homemade trench raiding clubs, bayonets, trench knives, hatchets, pickaxe handles and brass knuckles. The choice of weaponry was deliberate: the raiders’ intention was to kill or capture people quietly, without drawing attention to their activities. Clearly, this would have been impossible if they had routinely used firearms during raids. Trench raiders were also armed with more modern weapons such as pistols and hand grenades, though these were only intended to be used in an emergency i.e. if the enemy discovered their activities and raised the alarm.
Standard practice was to creep slowly up on the sentries guarding a small sector of an enemy front line trench. They were looking for the glow of cigarettes in the dark, or any conversations. The mission was to kill them as quietly as possible. Having secured the trench the raiders would complete their mission objectives as quickly as possible, ideally within several minutes. Raiders were aware that the longer they stayed in the trench, the greater the likelihood of enemy reinforcements arriving. Grenades would be thrown into dugouts where enemy troops were sleeping before the raiders left the enemy lines to return to their own.
Trench raiding had multiple purposes. Typically, the intention would be one or more of the following:
- capture, wound or kill enemy troops
- destroy, disable or capture high value equipment e.g. machine guns such as the MG08
- gather intelligence by seizing important documents (e.g. maps) or enemy officers for interrogation
- reconnaissance for a future massed attack during daylight hours
- keep the enemy feeling under threat during the hours of darkness, thereby reducing their efficiency and morale
- maintain aggressiveness in troops by sending them on such missions
There was always a risk that returning raiders could be shot in so-called friendly fire incidents. Therefore, it was standard procedure to notify sentries along the line whenever raiding parties were sent out, and to use some form of password system so that returning raiders could identify themselves when challenged in the dark.
Ambassadors, while we are wounding and killing the enemy troops, we are gathering intelligence of spiritual warfare during our Monday night classes and in our prayer watch. These important documents will help us to defeat the enemy-rendering us victorious.
Stay alert! Typically, the shield that is assigned to the trenches are the front line. In order to be effective and not get weary, while one watch is in intense battle, the other watch is resting. As you are dismantling the weapons of the enemy, cover yourself to ensure you don’t get hit by enemy missiles. Think about the trench, it is uncomfortable, and most often, everything–intrinsic and extrinsic has to be done in the trench during the most worst conditions. Stay prayerful until you are released for the next war tactic. Your night hour is your victory.