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4.16.2020 Prayer Warrior

The word today from my Listening Post: Am I a Prayer Warrior?

You may have been wondering why I’ve entitled this Daily Post as Word for the Warrior. Warrior is fighting language! Hasn’t God done everything for us? Won’t He fight our battles for us? Why do I have to fight? I’m a lover not a fighter! Well let’s take a look at that and I ask you look up the Scripture referenced in this post---to uncover this truth. I credit this resource for help: The Prayer That Turns the World Upside Down: The Lord’s Prayer as a Manifesto for Revolution by R. Albert Mohler Jr.

So we ask: "How can I become a prayer warrior?"

A prayer warrior is generally thought of as a Christian who prays continually and effectively for others in the manner of praying taught in Scripture. Therefore, prayer warriors pray to Father God (Matthew 6:9) in the power of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 3:16; Jude 1:20) and in the name of Jesus (John 14:13). To be a warrior in prayer is to engage in the spiritual battle and fight the good fight of faith wearing the full armor of God and “praying in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests” (Ephesians 6:10-18). While all Christians are to be prayer warriors, there are some people who feel they have a special and unique ability to pray and have been called by God to pray as their special ministry. Yet, Paul commands that “requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone” (1 Timothy 2:1), and he says nothing that would indicate some people are exempt from doing so. All believers in Christ have the Holy Spirit who helps us communicate our prayer requests (Romans 8:26-27). All believers are to be praying in the name of Jesus, which means that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior, that we trust in Him for everything, including His interceding with the Father for us in all things, and that we live and pray in accordance with God’s will. Praying in Jesus’ name does not mean merely adding “in Jesus’ name” to a prayer. Rather, it means praying in submission to His will. As prayer warriors, we rejoice in all things & have a spirit of thankfulness for what God is doing in our lives & the lives of others,& our own spirits grow day by day as we come to realize the magnitude of our blessings. We know with certainty that God provided the breath we just took (Isaiah 42:5); that He has forgiven our past, present & future sins (1 John 2:12); that He loves us with an eternal love (Ephesians 2:4-7); & that we have a place in heaven with our Lord (1 Peter 1:3-5). Our hearts, then, are filled with joy & peace & overflow with love for God, & we want others to have this same love, joy & peace. Therefore, we work for them by praying. Effective prayer is indeed work. We have to learn to walk with God, so we meditate daily on Him & His ways in order to become more & more humble, which is essential for effective prayer (2 Chronicles 7:13-15). We also study Scripture thoughtfully every day to learn what is pleasing to God and therefore what constitutes acceptable prayer. We learn to eliminate hindrances to prayer (Mark 11:25; 1 Peter 3:7; 1 John 3:21-22) & not to grieve the Spirit of God (Ephesians 4:30-32). We learn that we are in a spiritual battle with Satan, so we must pray for our own spiritual well-being to maintain our strength & focus in praying for others (Ephesians 6:12-18). Prayer warriors have a heart for God, a heart for prayer, a heart for people, & a heart for Christ’s church. Therefore, we pray continually & trust that God answers each prayer according to His perfect will & in His perfect timing.

Pray with me please: Heavenly Father, let us start out our prayer time PRAYING THROUGH Psalm 100:4 Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and bless His name. Like your disciples asked, “Lord, teach us to pray” we also ask this today—and we can start with praying the Lord’s prayer meditatively—and expand upon it, then praying Scripture such as Psalm 103 and put our own name in there (& whomever we are unctioned to pray for). There is power in YOUR WORD (the Bible) so remind me that I can pray the Scriptures! Fill us with your Holy Spirit today, that we may pray in the anointing of your Spirit—and get help from you----as Rom. 8:26 reminds us: Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.

We enter in now, looking to you, Holy Spirit to pray through Jesus’ Name, Amen

Preview: Tomorrow we will go into more depth on the Spiritual Warrior and why we need to put on the full armor of God each day! (Ephesians 6)

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