Category Archives: Night Watch

Beholding and blessing the Lord in the night together

Thoughts on IHOP-KC’s 10th Anniversary

Before I get started, let it be known that you can download notes, MP3s, and watch videos from the celebration for free on IHOP’s website. Go to it.

IHOP’s September anniversary is always an exciting season for me. Firstly, September marks the anniversary of my arrival here in Kansas City. I was an intern with Fire in the Night who had zero intention of staying longer than three months. That was six years ago. I’m still here, still on a nocturnal schedule, and very glad of it.  Secondly, my birthday lands smack on the IHOP official anniversary. Combine those factors with the overall corporate sense of remembrance, and I always find myself looking back at how the Lord has led me and what is yet to come. It’s quite the personal milestone each year.

In no particular order, here are the things that are on my heart on the back end of this time of celebration: Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on September 22, 2009 in Intercession, Night Watch


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Daylight Savings Time Began Tonight…

…And all the NightWatchers said, “Amen!”

I mean it. This is such good news. For you day folks who have never been on NightWatch and may not quite know why we’re so excited, let me explain:

Daylight is a very good thing. In the winter, there’s less of it. When one sleeps from 7:00am-3:00pm, you miss most of it. If you accidentally oversleep one day to 5:00pm (a very bad idea), then you miss practically all of it. I remember three weeks in the winter in my FITN where we had to go to a meeting from 4:00-6:00pm every day. We would wake up, get ready (which takes a while for six girls in a two-bedroom apartment), and head straight over to the prayer room. When we left, it was completely dark already… so that meant we saw the sun for a grand total of, like, ten minutes a day. Not fun.

Anyway. The point is that over the winter months, the NightWatch has very limited sunshine, which, if one is not very vigilant (which I haven’t been), then it can lead to an assortment of less than fun physical/emotional effects. Including even more than usually pronounced paleness (no, I’m not self-conscious… why?).

So, although we do have to lose an hour of sleep, we get an hour of daylight back in the afternoon where it belongs, and out of the early morning where we all should be going to bed anyway and don’t need the sunrise to energize us for that endeavor.

Oh happy day.

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Posted by on March 8, 2008 in Life Happens..., Night Watch


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The God Who Hears Prayer

On Friday nights (Saturday mornings, for you day-folks), I get to prayer lead Worship with the Word for a wonderful lady who is also an excellent worship leader. We’ve been singing through Psalm 27 for a couple of months now, and it’s been an absolute pleasure to do so. The more we do this psalm, the more it is opening up to me.

Last night was amazing. Read the rest of this entry »


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The Joys of Traveling

So let me first say that I am really enjoying my trip. My parents are (as always) awesome, their new house is really great, and it’s a blast being able to actually hang out with my roommate-who-I-barely-run-into-at-home, Christine. We’ve got some fun plans that I’m really excited about, and Christine and I spent a full two and a half hours last night failing miserably at ping-pong but really enjoying each other while we did it.

I say that to clarify that I am having a great time, so you, dear reader, may rest assured of that fact before I relate the following story.

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Posted by on October 20, 2007 in Life Happens..., Night Watch


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Shameless Plug

The close of another year is fast coming upon us. It’s a great time to stop and take stock of what has taken place in 2007 and what yet lies ahead. I am grateful beyond words for the faithfulness of the Lord in sustaining me in this work for the past months and years. When I arrived in September of 2003 as an intern, I never would have thought that in four short years I would have joined a worship team, graduated ministry school, and served in leadership in the NightWatch. It’s a challenging role physically, emotionally and logistically, but God has provided faithfully in every area of need. For myself, not to mention the nearly 500 full-time staff members here, each continued year of service is a testimony of the His kindness towards us.

As I look towards 2008, I am working on gathering a team of people who are willing to stand with me as I serve the Lord in prayer through the night. You can join in the global prayer movement, even if you can’t stay up all night or spend hours in the prayer room each day. I am in continual need of a team of people who are willing to stand with me in prayer, as well as supporting me financially.

If you’ve been tracking with me for a while on this blog, and enjoy reading it, I would like to ask you to prayerfully consider supporting me. Whether you wish to become a regular intercessor, do a one-time gift, or are led to become a monthly supporter, I really appreciate your response. Every word of encouragement and every contribution blesses me incredibly, and is critical to my continued ministry here at IHOP. Before January 31st of this year, any support checks made out to IHOP-KC are tax deductible on your 2007 tax returns. If you would like to send a check to me, email me and I will let you know how you can do that. If you want a fast, easy (non tax-deductible) way to donate, feel free to click the PayPal link in the right margin and the money goes directly to me.

Also, I really want to hear from you on how I can serve you in prayer. Please never hesitate to contact me: is the best way. Or, you can go to the page “About Amanda” at any time. It’s a permanent, easy way to contact me. You can also check it out for more information about what I do at IHOP and the vision for 24/7 prayer.

Blessings all! We now return you to your regularly scheduled blog.

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Posted by on October 10, 2007 in Night Watch


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Quick 8th Year Anniversary Picnic Recap

– Gotta love weather reports. We were forecast to be 82F and sunny. Instead, it was about 74 and drizzly. It did warm up some by the end of the evening, but still…

– The day began early for me. I was sitting by the picnic area, having a burger for breakfast, when I made a new friend. David is five years old, and he just moved here from Florida. He can’t remember whether his parents moved here for Intro or not. He’s got some killer karate moves that he learned from watching a movie. He can balance on one foot. He found a popped baloon in the grass that he informed me was a “rocket balloon”, seeing how it was long and skinny and open at one end. It was some of the best conversation I’ve had in a long time! 🙂

– The first hour of games, I played kickball with my coworkers at the onething office. Phil, my boss, challenged the OTI core leaders to a game. We had a practice last Friday to sharpen our skills and be at the top of our game. Today, my team got crushed at kickball. I’m talking destroyed. PWND. Routed. Creamed. We did score some, but the other team scored a lot more. I think we can blame a couple of lost points on the fact that we changed balls halfway through, when one of those aforementioned core leaders kicked a big hole in the regulation kickball (no joke). We then finished the game with a dodgeball, which was much smaller and way bouncier. But we had a good time. Plus, my team had much cooler uniforms, which I think makes up for a lot.

Sweet onething Team uniform
Kickin’ it in my kickball uniform. The back says “ONETHING TEAM” #07

– I redeemed myself and soothed my ego as I took the second hour to play a few rounds of Spoons. Lost once, won twice, and was runner up in the last game against the current Spoons champion. Not bad. Not bad at all.

– My friend and former APP classmate Amy drove me home. That meant I didn’t have to wait for the shuttle, which was nice. I also got to spend a bit of time catching up with Amy, which was even nicer.

– I was getting out of her car when I remembered I left my hoodie at the baseball diamond where we played kickball. D’oh. I hope we collected stuff for lost and found…

– On the bright side, I found an excuse to make an emergency clothes-shopping run…


Posted by on September 17, 2007 in Life Happens..., Night Watch


If only punctuation could be seen…

Someone tonight was praying a perfectly legitimate, sensible prayer on the microphone. “…Let them speak the oracles of God, Father.”

However, because it can be a bit tricky to detect spoken commas, this is what I heard… “Let them speak the oracles of godfather.”

Which is not quite the same thing.


Posted by on September 3, 2007 in Life Happens..., Night Watch, Random


Charity Bates is my Hero

So I was prayer leading tonight, and there were adjustments being made to the lights and cameras. We’ve recently redone the prayer room, and it takes a while to fine-tune everything to actually work correctly. Tonight, during the NightWatch, while there were orange ladders and lifts and lights all over the place, one thing stuck out to me most — and that would be the complete and total amazingness of Charity Bates.

Charity is the IHOP-KC lighting director. And an FSM student. And a sound tech. And anointed woman of God. And a terrifically cool person.

Tonight I watched her work really hard at a tedious, thankless job, and do so with diligence and excellence. She is one of those rare people on the earth who keeps a servant’s heart even in the midst of difficulty. This lady is definitely a favorite of the Lord.

I just wanted to give a shout out. 🙂

(And Wendy, who is at the table with me, agrees that Charity is really cool, and a major blessing to NightWatch.)


Posted by on August 9, 2007 in Night Watch


Keeping the Fire Burning

Since I’ve been at IHOP, any time an event needs to take place in the prayer room, somewhere on the missions base, there is a “keep the fire burning” meeting happening. Sometimes it’s just a couple people and a guitar in a back room. It used to be at the Herrnhut clubhouse quite regularly. Wherever it ends up being, it’s a small meeting of people keeping the prayer and worship cooking while the big prayer room is in use.

I’ve always wanted to be in one of these meetings. Last night my team got to lead one. Read the rest of this entry »


Random Thoughts while Cleaning FSM

So since we have the prayer room moved to FSM right now, the cleaning teams which normally take care of our little IHOP building are now cleaning the auditorium and multiple bathrooms off of it. It’s not that different from IHOP in some ways, but in others… yeah. Here are some of the things that went through my head while cleaning tonight. Hopefully at least one or two of them will be entertaining. 🙂

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Posted by on July 26, 2007 in Life Happens..., Night Watch, Random