Guest Wednesday, Feb 2, 2022 @ 9:20 am
A Call for the need for Prayer Warriors?
Who are these people? They pray for us even when the doctors say it's the end of us, they pray even when all of our loved ones give up, as long as there is life in us they pray on for us. Who are they? A prayer warrior is someone who understands that our battle is spiritual warfare and wants to participate on “God’s team. ” He or she commits to praying diligently and constantly in the name of Jesus Christ. This doesn’t mean he never stops praying, but that he is committed to praying many times daily. His prayer life is consistent and his dedication is unwavering. A prayer warrior has the good of God's kingdom in sight as he or she prays. He knows the Word of God and uses it effectively while praying. From the Elder: the old church of God of the new covenant 1Cor. 1:2- Gal. 1:13- Eph. 2:15-21- Jer. 31:31- Heb. 8:1-13 we are that church people one can read about in the Scriptures. We need more prayer warriors. We need more people who pray without ceasing, who pray all the way through until the Holy Spirit in them tells them it is done. Prayer warriors who are diligent and don't give up on their prayers just because circumstances may be saying something different than what they are praying. Prayer warriors who do not stop in mid-stream when it seems the situation is getting better but has not been completely brought to fruition. We need prayer warriors who pray in their own understanding for others' needs that they are aware of, and who pray in the Holy Spirit in God's understanding for those things they are not aware of but that God is. This is a ministry in itself. This is called intercessory prayer. There are so many people out there qualified for this ministry that do not realize it. God called all of us to pray for each other, and to pray without ceasing. Have you ever considered how valuable you are to God, how much He loves you? Even when we can’t see this the prayer warriors do and pray for us without searching for some other answer. They call out to Heaven saying That your life has value and purpose? In fact this is their call, it is a cry, when others can’t do it–“The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are attentive to their cry. ” — Psalm 34:15 So understand that someone needs you. Whether or not we realize it, the Word of God tells us that we are at war against the spiritual forces of evil as a child of God. As we go about our day to day life, we are bombarded by ploys of the enemy that try to sway us off course. Yet we can have hope in God’s kingdom and steadfast character, even during seasons of hardship! We should always understand this about the prayer warriors. Although the phrase “prayer warrior” is not found in Scripture, 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 “pray 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. The Bible never specifies certain people who are to pray more often, more diligently, or more effectively than other Christians, but there are diligent pray-ers who are known for their emphasis on prayer. 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. May these prayer warriors in the Bible encourage you to pray through spiritual warfare and to seek the Lord for hope during suffering. The spiritual battles we face are no match for God’s power and strength! Are you a prayer warrior? Do you unite with the God of all Creation to bring about His perfect will? Do you persist in prayer even when the answer appears to be a long time in coming? Are you expecting God to do the impossible? “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. ” — Proverbs 19:21 Do you see this as God’s will **** Paul in Romans 16:10-16 gives us a list of names that perhaps you may never hear a sermon or Bible study on, because it is seen as just a list of names. But, is that all it is? What does this have to do with knowing God's Will or someone seeking His will for us? This is about the will of God because being in and pursuing a healthy relationship is essential. And foremost of all, our growing healthy relationship with Christ is the most profound engaging aspect that will lay out His will for us! So we all need someone who will stand in the gap for us and not turn away when we are in trouble. The problem is we often forget the importance of someone who seeks that we have a little more time to grow in Him. We forget those who contribute to our lives and ministry, until we ourselves are standing in need of ourselves, we may not necessarily have a callous disregard for the clergy, but out of our hurriedness of the moment, our focusing on ourselves and our needs over those of others we may have gotten lost from where we should be standing and need someone to stand in that gap for us. . We should be careful to always be people who honor and acknowledge others! When someone stands in the gap for us they are helping us return to what it tells us in * *John 15This is the most beautiful description of our relationship to our LORD. The prayer warriors want us to be with the Lord even if it is the end of our life on earth, but want Him to give one more chance. Because God, He wants us to be with Him! Just as Christ wanted the disciples along His side, training them, loving them, enjoying their companionship, He wants that of us: love, closeness, and relationship. We want more time for the sick person to be in His services, This is our primary call and the will of the LORD what we are seeking for the person. Everything else falls from this prime directive. He loves me and loves you! And wants to be with me and wants to be with you! Do we want that close, loving relationship? Do we want to walk as Abraham walked, building altars? So call it strange when they understand what the prayer warriors pray for. And how they seek to stand before Him themselves. In seeking God's Will means they must be following Christ which means for us an opportunity and call to give up our personal plans, the goals and our ambitions that we have for ourselves. Yes, it will be a difficult struggle to leave the plans of our family and friends -- our nets - behind and to humbly follow as a servant to give our LORD the glory with our obedience; doing what our LORD desires over our own ambitions. So, are you willing? Are you eager to do great things for Christ, if so we are in need of prayer warriors The work of a prayer warrior is this! And when we follow through what Christ has done for us, by letting it flow to others around us, we bring the results of love and obedience. The deeper commitment we bring to our LORD, the deeper impact we have on the glory of His kingdom and people around us. The key to the success of finding God's will for our life first and then seeking it for others, is simple: obedience, willingness to serve God over our needs, even before we know what the call may be! To totally surrender and trust in His power and authority. He will shape our destiny if we allow it. He will teach us His ways, if we walk in His ways. Trust yourself to our LORD’S servants! THOUGHTS ON OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH CHRIST God is more interested in us being in His will, than we are to be in our own will so we seek more of Him and less of us! · God's supernatural power creates an impossible relationship because it lets humans come with a plea for more time on behalf of others.. · becoming a prayer warrior Let your relationship to God be as natural as taking a breath. ·We are not dictating our demands to God, because we are praying to Him not at Him, for others, so we are communing with Him? See Colossians 1:24. · We do understand that there is always a smarter way for us to obey. At first you may clearly see God's will, like breaking off a bad relationship, or changing a career from selling drugs to building homes; but in other areas, it may not be as clear. However, God will guide you by your faith. God is our focus of intimacy. · Do not allow your stubborn nature to rule your will. It is not what God gives to us that makes our relationship grow; it is Christ's redemption and who He is in us. Then, our call is to respond to Him. · No one in the Lord is unimportant! The passages in Romans and John are a testimony to the importance of personal relationships, of cooperation, (working together for a unified vision and purpose, ) and the value of encouragement, and why Paul takes the time to list them with a little explanation! · It has been said that the service we give to others is the rent we give to live on this earth! · The word servant in verse one of the Romans sixteen passage means a servant who waits on tables versus a slave, who is usually called a bondservant. This is where we get our word for Deacon (Acts 6:1-6; Rom. 12:7; Phil. 1:1; 1 Tim. 2:8-3:13; 4:6). The Holy Spirit was the author of Romans, Paul was His messenger, What does this mean, Christians are called to help one another in our "personal business", especially strangers, to glorify God and because we do not know what help we may need ourselves. This is His will! This is not being intrusive or nosey, but helpful when needed, in community and cooperation. Our human tendency is to focus on the big names, the big position, the big vision, and those in the limelight, and not realize the scores of people who do the tough work. So, if someone wrote a one-sentence summary of your life, what would it say? They had a made up mind to pray as a prayer warrior on behalf of others when they were in need. Until next time The Elder: so many people are in need of prayer, will you take the time to do some of it. Call or email us and take a time to pray for someone who calls or emails us Be ready, the prayer Request line is open 24 hours a day, and the needs are great. 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