What do you think about when you consider a warrior? Do you see someone like Boadicea? Deborah the prophetess, or David in the Bible? How about yourself? No? Well why not?
The Bible says the Kingdom of God suffers violence and the violent take it by force (Matthew 11:12). Of course it’s not saying you are to go out and mug anyone! It does however imply there will be a perpetual fight on our hands. Ephesians 6:11-18 is even more enlightening. It states categorically that we are in a fight and that our fight is not with humans but with evil spirit beings – super-powers! Aargh! Potentially scary stuff!
Yet there’s no need to be afraid. We’ve been given spiritual armour and this armour not only protects us, but also enables us to go on the offensive against the Enemy (aka Satan). Once you are on a battlefield there is no going back. Once you are confronted with the enemy, there is no retreating. You have to stay, fight and conquer, or you could end up getting wounded, or even die.
Whether you like it or not, believe it or not, as Christian women we are in a battle. By virtue of the fact that we are Born-again believers, Disciples of Christ, Followers of God, that makes us the Enemy’s target. And so we have no choice but to fight (either that or risk being trampled on). The great news for us is, it is not a fair fight! We have already been given the victory. Jesus did that for us. We merely have to enforce that victory because believe me the Enemy will not give up, or lay down and die. He’s been around a long time. He’s aware that some of us don’t really know who we are in Christ, or realise the authority and power we have been given, or that some of us don’t have the tenacity to stay the course. And so, even though he knows we have the advantage, he calls our bluff. He tests us. He attempts to wear us down. And we can be our own worst enemies.
We fail to turn up to training camp, or we forget/fail to employ what we learned in training camp. We are afraid our weapons will not work, or that our authority will be flouted (Jesus I know and Paul I know but who are you?). And when the Enemy resists us (because really, what enemy is not going to give it all he can in order to win – even if he is outnumbered, or knows he has already lost?), I repeat, when the Enemy resists us, we fail to stand our ground and inadvertently or voluntarily give it up. And of course Satan is going to take it. If the boot was on the other foot wouldn’t you?
But giving up that ground is costly. That ground represents you, your loved ones, your church members, those people within the sphere of your influence. People who may not survive, or flourish, or escape eternal damnation without your prayers. That ground represents your God-given dreams and aspirations. And so, I would encourage and exhort you dear precious women of God to become women of warfare. Like the apostle Paul, I would urge you to lay hold of eternal life, to fight the good fight of faith and keep on fighting. Get violent (i.e. get fervid and forceful). Take what belongs to you (your blessings, your destiny, your joy and peace of mind, your victorious overcoming lifestyle) and hold onto it with all your might. Grab that spoil. Dance your victory. Sing your songs of triumph. Shout your testimonies regarding the goodness and greatness of God – like Miriam, like David, like Deborah.
Don’t be afraid because the Lord your God is with you. You are more than a conqueror – this means you have already won! I repeat. Get violent. Vent your godly fury against the Enemy and his cohorts. You have the members of the Godhead on your side. You have legions of angels surrounding you. You have a great cloud of witnesses (our predecessors of faith) cheering from the sidelines. So, go girl! Go get (and hold on to) the abundant life you deserve.
4 thoughts on “Potential Prayer Warriors”
I am a prayer warrior. I do see myself as one. I don’t look for reasons to enter into battle but am always ready when I see an opportunity to pray and enter into the throne room. I believe God gave specific individuals an ability to enter in boldly and confidently on behalf of those who don’t understand they can. But I believe our responsibility is to not only stand in the gap for others but also teach them, as Christ did to the disciples, how to pray for themselves. So as I stand in the gap for others, when regarding a specific individual not just an issue, I try to ensure I also take time to pray with an individual and encourage them to speak up. We all have this authority and some have been called to pray more strongly but we all have the ability. Great thoughts and post!
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I agree with you. It’s important to encourage and teach others how to pray, both for themselves and others.
Thank you for starting this dialogue. I do hope others will jump in and share their views or experience.
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Just read your fighting blog. We are called to release God into this world and against the devil. Our God is a Man of War . Here there’s neither Jew , nor Greek , slave or free, man nor woman but all are one in Christ Jesus . The righteous are as bold as a lion and civilised , polite warfare is nonsense . The devil does not respect theology but understands authority and fire power of the Spirit of God . Jeremiah ch . 1 God said to an unsure young man ” I will put my words in your mouth ” . Suddenly in the heat of a strong prayer comes a surprising word that cuts and severs the devil . It’s no game – it’s a war or battle and we win when we start and fight to the end . So encourage others . ” present arms ” .
Hi Alan, thank you for so much for taking the time to comment on my post and for your encouragement. It is truly appreciated.