“I think she sees my sins,” was the first thing that came to my mind when I was first introduced to a person labeled as a “prayer warrior.” You know those men and women who we think do nothing but pray, eat rarely because they always fast, and see our bone structure and internal organs with their naked eyes.
Of course, my reaction was not at all an exception. It’s usual for many to think that prayer warriors, intercessors or however you want to call them, are part of a Holy of Holies SWAT Team. We think that membership to the prayer team is only for those so sinless you feel so unworthy when around them. Instead of being encouraged by them, we feel unnecessarily frightened or intimidated.
But this exaggerated reverence (read: mockery) for men and women of prayer comes from a misconception of what prayer is and it’s incredible significance to your daily walk in the faith.
To pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17) was never a task delegated to a few followers of Jesus or to those just willing or interested in being part of a prayer ministry. It was a command to all believers. Equally important for you to recognize is that the divine access that you now have in and through prayer came at a price. It was a price that was paid for by the blood of Jesus at the cross of Calvary so you can come before God with your petitions, requests, and yes, even complaints. Ephesians 2:18 (New Living Translation), describes this perfectly, “Now all of us can come to the Father through the same Holy Spirit because of what Christ has done for us.”
That Spirit is already inside of you (1 Corinthians 3:16). The same access “prayer warriors” have is available to you. There’s no express lane accorded if you sign-up for your church’s prayer ministry or if you pray hours on end like many men and women of prayer do. The same God, the same power, the same Holy Spirit, and the same promises from the Bible have been given to you.
Your paid for access to God has been bestowed on you when you confessed that Jesus is the Lord and Savior of your life. Prayer, together with reading the Word of God (The Bible), is an important spiritual discipline that will build your relationship with God – enabling you to know His will and purpose for your life. It’s also a way to receive the strength and guidance you’ll need to live a life of purpose for His glory.
There’s a tendency for some believers to disqualify themselves from this access because they think they’re not good enough or that learning how to pray or being prayerful is a gift reserve for the few. It’s a lie straight from hell.
Life is a battle and the war doesn’t involve flesh and blood, but it’s a spiritual struggle (Ephesians 6:12). Prayer is a weapon that you have in this life- as it connects you to Him who has already fought the battles for you. It’s through and in prayer how you can tap into His infinite strength and wisdom.
In essence, you are already a prayer warrior. You need to see yourself as one.