The Prayer Warrior

2 07 2013

How did we get such a phrase as “prayer warrior”?  It is not in the Bible, or is it?  In Romans 15:30, Paul urges the believers there to “strive together with me in your prayers”.  The word “strive” means to fight or contend.  We get our English word “agonize” from its Greek root, emplying to put forth a great effort. In II Corinthians 10:4 we are reminded that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but spiritual.  Ephesians 6:18 includes prayer as a vital element of the whole armor of God.  Paul encouraged praying believers in Rome to be “instant in prayer” (Romans 12:12).  They were prayer minutemen.  They were prayer warriors who joined the apostle on the spiritual level to do combat with our spiritual enemy who is constantly affecting events and decisions in the earthly realm.  We can legitimately claim prayer as a weapon we can use to benefit the believer or unbeliever as they struggle with unseen existence of the enemy.  What are similarities, between the life of a soldier and that of a prayer warrior?

PRAYER IS A PLACE OF…

1. Duty – when enlisted because of the battle
A prayer warrior is a volunteer with in God’s army, enlisting as one of His “special forces”.  They sense the battle, answer the call to duty, and enlist for the duration.  He chooses to push away from the comfort zone to enter a war zone.

2. Discipline – when training for the battle
When training for war, a soldier must maintain a very high degree of discipline.  This discipline is forged by the daily drill within their area of expertise.  When one is training fro warfare in the heavenlies, they must be disciplined in the daily and sometimes intense operations of prayer.  A prayer warrior must never be AWOL when it comes to perseverance in prayer.

3. Combat – when striving in the battle
A prayer warrior is a soldier on the front line of spiritual battles.  They know what it means to agonize in prayer.  They may be a thousand miles from the one for whom they pray, but they know that they are within the hearing of the throne room of their King.  They know that it is not all about them as they enter their holy chamber to do combat on the behalf of others.  They realize also that this army takes teamwork.  He has a duty to watch the back of other soldiers if they leave themselves exposed to the enemy.

4. Watchfulness – when alert to the battle
“Watch and pray” are the standing orders given by the Commander-in-Chief (Matthew 26:41).  They must be alert to deception and the underhanded methods of the enemy.  The word “watch” used in the above verse means an “absence of sleep”.  It implies an attentiveness and vigilance for the sake of those who are not.  Sometimes God would wake them up just to pray for one who is in the heat of battle!

5. Retreat – when you suffer a loss in the battle
I wish I could promise success in every battle we wage against the enemy.  We will lose battles due to our own weakness, our own lack of discernment, or just the length of the conflict.  I can promise that the prayer closet will be the place for recovery and regrouping.  Retreat does not mean you are quitting, it means you need healing and rest before going on your next deployment.  Prayer is our place of retreat.

6. Rest – when you are weary of the battle
Every soldier needs a time of R & R.  They may not have been wounded or may not have been in a losing battle, but they need a time for recharging their batteries.  Every prayer warrior needs a time of rest from the battle.  Jesus said, “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give thee rest”.  (Matthew 11:28)  Guess what?  The way we find rest is through prayer!  “They that wait upon the Lord will renew their strength”.  (Isaiah 40:31)

Paul called upon believers to volunteer to be a “Green Beret” in God’s army, ones who battle the very real forces of spiritual enemy, ones who will strive together in prayer.  God is still calling elite group of prayer warriors to stand in the evil day.

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