Some people believe God has assigned them as watchmen on the wall. In that assignment they feel their primary job is to announce what is approaching. Isaiah the prophet wrote just the opposite. He said, "O Jerusalem, I have posted watchmen on your walls; they will pray day and night continually." (Isaiah 62:6) The watchman’s primary assignment is prayer.
In this season of Church history we are doing a lot of announcing. Some of this announcing has been without inquiring prayer. Inquiring prayer will actually reveal the substance of the word the Lord wants you to announce from your place of prophetic insight. Prayer that accurately discerns a Kingdom reality brings forth the discernment required to craft a wise announcement.
If you are called as one who stands watch on the wall, make sure you spend the majority of your time in prayer seeking the heart of God. You may find yourself standing silent in the darkness while other watchmen are shouting unfounded warnings based only on moving shadows of suspicion. In the end, when you finally speak, your prayerful announcement will carry the authority and wisdom of God because it will separate truth from error and suspicion from fact.