Prayer Warriors Unite!

Lazy Soldier

Imagine a warrior who never leaves home.  He just stays; keeps the house tidy.  Maybe he trims the hedges with the sword.  While his house may be safe at night; well protected with the army of one.  Something is not right here.

Are you a prayer warrior that never leaves home?  I’ve come to the realization that I am.  Maybe you are too?  Are our prayers too selfish? Too focussed on our own walk and our own needs? David Wilkerson in Helpers in Prayer writes:

Our ministry recently heard from a precious elderly man in San Diego. This dear saint said God had prompted him to pray for me daily, and he asked if he could put me on his prayer list. Apparently, the recipients of this man’s intercession include a long list of widows, poor people, ministers and unsaved people. And he has prayed for them for years now. 

The man is a retired postal worker, and he leads a very simple life, living on just one meal a day. He spends his time doing good deeds for others and communing with the Lord all day long. He drives around the city picking up old furniture and other items cast aside as junk, and he repairs them and gives them to widows and the poor. He also shops and runs errands for shut-ins, fixes their plumbing, and helps meet their other needs.  The whole time this man does these good works, he prays without ceasing, faithfully interceding for everyone on his list. In fact, he crosses off their names only when they die.

Prayer is worthy of far greater honour than we give it.  Being a prayer warrior is such an important calling.  We have such great examples of prayer warriors in the Bible. 

 Church tradition holds that James the brother of Jesus had a nickname, “Camel Knees” .  He was so frequently, so earnestly  interceeding for others in prayer that it is said his knees had the consistency of a camel’s.  Whether you give church traditions any weight or not consider what he has to say in his epistle in James 5: 13-18

Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.

Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.

Consider also James 1: 5-6

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.

Paul writes Romans 15: 30-31

Now I urge you, brethren, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God for me, that I may be rescued from those who are disobedient in Judea, and that my service for Jerusalem may prove acceptable to the saints;

While I am usually an NIV man I think the NASB has got something here.  Striving  in prayer.  What an image!

In Greek, the word for “strive” here means to “struggle with me as a partner in prayer; wrestle for me in prayer.” A military term, it’s root means to gather or bring together in combat. Paul wasn’t asking for a quick mention to the throne. He was pleading, “Fight for me in prayer. Do spiritual battle, both for my sake and the sake of the gospel.”

Prayer is a weapon to be wielded by warriors together. Consider a military campaign. Do army generals dispatch crowds of individual soldiers on the battlefield?  NO!  They train and plan and they hit the battlefield as a coordinated united fighting force.  they send single warriors out on a massive campaign or is there orchestrated effort?

Resolve today to join with some prayer warriors in a prayer campaign.  Strive in prayer together.  Agonize over it!  Let’s turn prayer from a comfortable tool used one person at a time around the house to a powerful weapon for good!  Be an Epaphras for somebody.

Paul concludes his letter to the church in Collosae with these words,

Epaphras, who is one of you and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends greetings. He is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured.

Col. 4: 12

Wrestle in prayer for someone today!

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4 thoughts on “Prayer Warriors Unite!

  1. i need a lot of help as my life has never been normal in term that i experience a lot of attacks from the devil in my life, my family have experience in practising black magic in the past , even though some of us have repent, i still sense something is still attached and my life is bound with a lot of problems, i do pray a lot, but i don’t have any assurance in my prayer because i sense that the power of the devil still find it ways in my family, every year went on with bad incident, it is very significant that other people sense it too buy saying that our family are very unlucky and since the new year will arrive , i waited it with fear as i don’t know what to expect, i am currently living in fears and in helpless situation, i read books and people’s testimony and feel that what they experience about the attack from satan and curses are true and i myself experiencing it, i do blame myself last time but then i sense something wrong as before this i am a sceptic about all this, before this i believe that when we work hard we can overcome something or the obstacles in my life, but now i know the power that i am in war at the moment is too big for me and i need help, when i read through people’s testimony, i too want to be free but i don’t know the way and to how, i am getting weaker and i try to keep my faith as long as possible, i need help , people who can help pray with me and release me and my family from the bondage of satan, i already promise god that if i were to be released i would dedicate my life to Him alone, sometimes i pray the prayer of david in psalm 86, over and over again, and at times i feel that death is so close to me and i am going to die and in shame . please help me and advise me of how to be released, i have read books from mary k baxter and i believe it is true….. please help and pray for me…

    yours sincerely,

    nickson
    (borneo Malaysia)

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  2. My name is Arthur B. McGee Jr. and God has restored my marriage between me and my wife Jessica and the spirit of divorce and division, and the spirit of witchcraft and rebellion is trying to destroy my marriage and ministry again. Please pray for healing deliverance and restoration. Please pray for my daughter Willow And my Son Tanner as well they are really struggling with the spirit of rebellion. I have been praying I am really drained and need prayer support from others thank so very much for your ministry.

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  3. Dear Friends,
    We covet your prayers for Sat. March 24th, 9:00am – 9:00pm PST. Please pray for our family, church and co-workers that as we move our schools, we are forced to downsize. The landlords have requested all the church properties evacuated, leaving our church and schools without a home. We will need to reestablish our offices.

    Pray that all things will be accomplished, in order, safely and be established without stress or toil. Pray for beauty, wholesomeness, and angelic assistance. Pray that there are NO Injuries! And no waste, in any dimension. We need help! We firmly believe that the Lord is the HEAD of His Church and that this is the Year of the Lord! We understand that He is mobilizing His Church and repositioning His leadership. Please pray for us as we are suffering separation anxiety.

    Deanna

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