First…let me ask you…do you have a prayer life? Please write in and let me know. If not, it is time whether you intend to be a prayer warrior or not. This is so.
You may have found praying to be pretty comfortable. That may be because your prayers are mostly directed towards your needs and those that are close to you. But, with that same heart; you must embark upon a path…to do the same for other people. For some people this comes naturally…for others it takes longer and still others may take even longer. I’ve often wondered (but not long) how the name Prayer Warrior came about. It is an earned title that represents the fact, that someone will “war” or fight for you in prayer. There is a belief that this person can get a word into God and get answer. There is a belief that this person always gets what is asked for. That isn’t true. Sometimes the person you are praying for may change their mind. This has happened many times. It’s complicated.
No person is God and no person can get God to do anything that He doesn’t want done. The power is not in the person. The power is God backed and it increases as a reward for your sacrifice, your diligence, your love for God and your thankfulness.
You must start praying for other people individually and that is where you will find your greatest challenge! Have the person present. I started by writing prayers based on perceived prayer requests that I might receive. Then I would pray with people that I knew over the telephone. I went to people’s houses, stopped people in the stores. I literally prayed with anyone that the Holy Spirit told me to pray for.
Let me tell you that God won’t take you along your destined course any faster than you want to go. But your Prayer journey will involve your spending time with God everyday for the rest of your life, it will not only be easy; but will become second nature.
The enemy knows just how good at this you will be. He will provide distractions and discord. Enough to make you think that maybe it is not for you. But, if you will trust God…He will make a way.
Our only compass can never be a person; it must be the bible. Let’s see what it tells us to do:
|We are God’s “set apart”
“Mark this well: The Lord has set apart the redeemed for Himself. Therefore He will listen to me and answer when I call to Him.” Psalms 4:3, TLB
God always answers
He wants to Bless us!
Ask, Seek and Find….
God knows better than us…
Sin can hinder your prayers
How To Pray
ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS GIVE THANKS
When To Pray
He answers before we ask!.
When God says No
The Holy Spirit helps
You must believe
Why you know He’ll answer
How you should pray
IF YOU REALLY WANT TO BE A SUCCESSFUL PRAYER WARRIOR:
Start a prayer group. Hopefully from your church friends, but if not….invite your friends and family and neighbors. All of my neighbors came to the first few meetings but only a few continued on. None of my family members came early on. This whole endeavor will teach you a whole lot in a little bit of time and God will honor your earnest effort. A few things to remember:
1. Keep the focus on prayer.
2. Have order; start on time and end on time. 2 hours is quite reasonable.
3. Prepare an agenda.
4. Ask people to bring their bibles.
5. Ask people to bring a dish to pass.
6. Consider taking communion.
Thank you for taking the time today.
How many people have you prayed for recently within the last week or two?
Why do you believe that you are drawn to pray?
How often do you read your bible?
Write a general prayer for your family and friends and mail out 25 letters.
- The Complete Works of E. M. Bounds On Prayer
- The Kneeling Christian (Anonymous)
- The Practice of the Presence of God (Brother Lawrence)
- The Autobiography of George Muller
- Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret by Dr. Taylor. Life and Diary of David Brainerd Edited: Jonathan Edwards
- With Christ in the School of Prayer by Andrew Murray
- Why Revival Tarries by Leonard Ravenhill
- Rees Howells, Intercessor by Norman Grubb
- God’s Chosen Fast by Arthur Wallis