I’m Jesse Steele. I started this project, Watch Stand Pray, for two reasons: inspiration and funding. I want to inspire Christians to Godly action and help fund the 24-7 worldwide prayer movement. Watch Stand Pray officially launched February 1, 2017.
Watch Stand Pray, its brand, logo, and identity symbolize both the Anna calling, to keep watch and pray in the temple, and the Joseph and Daniel callings, to be both prayerful and active in the palace, square, marketplace, highways, and hills.
The logo sums it up. Conceptually, I took IHOPKC‘s “flame on the altar” logo and stood it up like a person worshiping, working, and praying. I turned the flame in the opposite direction to help avoid confusion and to symbolize the “right and left handed” work of God and the Church. I also rounded the edges from the sharp corners because a body is organic while a temple and altar are constructed. While the house of prayer is a stationary building, the watchmen on the walls (Is 62:6) move and work with the same mission. As the Image of God, we are living, breathing, working, going, praying temples of the Holy Spirit. The words “Watch Stand Pray” come from the “watch and pray” calling of a “praying Anna” (Lk 2:36-37), with the “and” turned into “stand” to emphasize the action of legs, both at the watchman’s wall (metaphorically praying in the temple) and “going” out beyond the stationary temple walls into the palace, city square, marketplace, highways, and hills. Standing and going are not the same, of course, but we must stand before we can walk (John 5:8).
In prayer rooms and anywhere else, many prayer warriors pray standing, but prayer can assume any position—standing, kneeling, walking, sitting, lying down, et cetera. “Standing”, here, refers any active and determined approach to prayer and the Christian life. A watchman on the wall who stands cannot easily fall asleep at his post.
Actually, there are none. Watch Stand Pray is in no way officially affiliated with any house of prayer or ministry. It falls under no direction other than my sole discretion, which of course remains in good and Godly counsel with my own Christian circles. Neither IHOPKC nor any house of prayer has reviewed, condoned, endorsed, or advised any of the contents or strategies of Watch Stand Pray. This is done at my own, full initiative and I am not nor have ever been on staff with any self-identified house of prayer.
Until the fame of Jesus fills the earth and until he comes, watch, stand, and pray. Then, it’s time to get to work and the Watch Stand Pray project gets a serious upgrade.
At launch in February 1, 2017, estimated investment time was twelve hours and expenses were only for domain registration.