Often times we wish we could do more for our families, more than just sharing food (which is a huge deal for me by the way), waiting for Christmas to get them that dress they have always wanted…or a paid vacation to somewhere nice.
There are times when we literally feel as if we have nothing to give, so we do the small stuff; like cooking their favorite meal, ironing their slacks or sending a simple text message asking if they’re okay. Even though we don’t get a thank you for this particular gesture, we pray for them anyway, because we always want what’s best for them, and who knows better than the Lord Himself?
I, for one, underestimated the power of prayer until I realized there are some very strange things that happen in our day to day lives. Like that bicycle that missed you in the morning, or that time you fell and what could have been a terrible accident left you with just a bruise.
That’s not luck. Someone out there is praying hard for you. There is a prayer warrior fighting battles for you. So instead of waiting for pay day, there are many other ways to love. Trust me, it would be easier buying that dress, but being a prayer warrior for the ones you love has to be the most fulfilling.
So, what’s a Prayer Warrior?
A prayer warrior is defined as someone who regularly intercedes on behalf of others before God. Being a Prayer Warrior requires a number of things; like investing your all- spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically. It means understanding that there is a war, and you’re in it. Recognizing who the true enemy is, remembering why you’re fighting in the first place.
How do you become a Prayer Warrior?
• Put on your protective armor every morning. Know that the devil never rests and it is never too early to get in gear. Start each day with a prayer.
• Pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Many times we feel tired, too tired to pray. Those few minutes seem like a lifetime; and when this happens, find time to pray with other believers (1 Timothy 2:8).
• Know that time is short. (Revelation 12:12) states that Satan knows his days are numbered, so he works at great speed.
• Make sure you have poured your heart out, don’t leave anything out.
• Be thankful to the Lord for all he has done.
• No armor is full without Faith. Have faith and believe in the Lord’s ability to fulfill His promises and His desire to answer your prayer.
For reference to some of the Bible’s greatest Prayer Warriors, you can read about ;
– Jehoshaphat (2 Chronicles 20:1-24)
– Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego (Daniel 3:17-18)
– Paul (Ephesians 3:14-21)
You never know where your prayers lead you, how far they will take you and what miracles they are working in someone else’s life. It’s time to wage war on your knees!