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! 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 you face are no match for God’s power and strength!
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What is a prayer warrior?
A prayer warrior is someone who seeks the Lord wholeheartedly and prays regularly. Typically, a prayer warrior has learned to trust God, even in hard times, and knows that he or she can count on God to shoulder the heavy burdens of life.
Also, a prayer warrior enjoys sitting at the feet of Jesus and cherishes the opportunity to spend time in God’s presence. A seasoned prayer warrior knows true strength and soul satisfaction comes from seeking the heart of God on a regular basis.
As a result, a prayer warrior takes a commitment to pray for others seriously and spends time in intercessory prayer, or praying for others on their prayer list. James 5:16 reminds us, “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”
How prayer warriors in the Bible teach you to pray with hope
You may have heard the phrase, “prayer warrior”, and thought it sounded like a wonderful idea, but very unattainable for you. Yet nothing could be further from the truth!
The Bible reminds us that all of God’s people who call on the name of the Lord will be heard. Through the renewing of your mind and cultivating an intentional prayer life, God can grow even prayer beginners into prayer warriors.
Use these examples of prayer warriors in the Bible to help you remember that anyone can have a thriving prayer life and meaningful relationship with God. All you have to do is seek the Lord and He is faithful to meet you there, regardless of where you’ve been or what you’ve done. Then, watch the peace of God infuse your weary spirit with His comfort!
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The Son of God, Jesus, is our greatest example of a prayer warrior. He not only modeled how to pray through the Lord’s prayer, but demonstrated how to stand firm in faith when tempted, and how to trust God when facing extreme hardship, such as death.
Prayer lessons we can learn from Jesus:
- Jesus shows us how to pray in our daily prayer time. By praying the Lord’s prayer, Matthew 6:9-15, Jesus models how we are to pray in our prayer time.
While it’s important to note that there are no “magic words” to pray or certain prayers we have to say, Jesus gives us this prayer template for how to have a full and meaningful prayer time with God.
- Pray with adoration and praise– “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name…”
Start by praising the Lord for His flawless character and worship the Lord for His perfect ways. This will help you focus your heart on God’s goodness and take your eyes off your own circumstances.
- Pray for God’s presence to be known and the will of God to be done- “your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven…”
As we pray, we should desire the Lord’s will to be done, even when it’s hard or painful. We can pray with hope and have confidence when we pray because we trust that the Lord has good things in store for those who love Him and seek Him.
Even if our prayers are not answered this side of heaven, we can have hope knowing that God is preparing a place in eternity for His children.
- Pray for provision in your life- “Give us today our daily bread..” As you pray, ask the Lord to provide for your needs. Invite Him to be the cornerstone of your life and trust that He will graciously provide your physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. Also, pray intercessory prayers and lift up the prayer requests of others.
- Pray for forgiveness– “And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors…” Regular confession of our sins keeps us humble and honest with God. The simple act of confession helps us put God up on His throne once again and takes our imperfect selves off the pedestal we unknowingly place ourselves on.
Confessing our missteps keeps God at the center of life and helps us bestow grace upon others the way God forgives us.
- Pray for protection and deliverance against spiritual warfare- “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one…” When temptation comes your way, God is faithful to provide a way out by standing on Scripture promises and through prayer.
2. Prayer should be done with humility and respect to God.
The state of our heart matters when we pray! Jesus explains in Matthew 6:5-7 how we are to pray without boasting or as a show to others. Instead, we are to humbly and reverently bring our requests before our Heavenly Father. It’s an honor to be still in His presence!
3. Praying Scripture will help you overcome temptation and spiritual warfare.
When times of hardship and spiritual warfare threaten your world, where do you turn for strength?
Jesus modeled how to pray during temptation. He models that by praying Scripture, we can stand firm when the evil one is on prowl.
Through Scripture prayers and repeating God’s Word, we are able to lean into God for strength and stand firm in faith against the evil one.
In Matthew 4, Jesus was led into the wilderness by the devil and was without food for 40 days and night. Jesus refuted temptation with the Word of God and was able to walk away from the schemes of Satan by quoting Scripture.
This is a powerful lesson for us! We don’t have to cave and crumble under the weight of a spiritual battle! We can stand firm on the mighty power of Christ Jesus and experience victory in temptation by praying Scripture.
- God’s will is best and can be trusted, even when it’s painful. When facing death, Jesus gathered His disciples to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray.
At this time, Jesus was filled with sorrow and His heart was heavy as He knew death was near. Yet He didn’t let that stop Him from fellowship with God or from pouring out His troubles to His Father.
While He asked for the cup of death to pass Him by (Matthew 26:42), He recognized that God is faithful and His plan is perfect, even when it’s not our will. In times of hardship, our Heavenly Father can be trusted for His good and perfect will, even if it doesn’t make sense to us.
So like Jesus, bring your weary spirit before a perfect God who loves you, and trust that He knows what He’s doing.
The story of Hannah in the Old Testament has always been one of great comfort to me and her great faith was an inspiration in troubled times in my own life.
Hannah, although wracked with sorrow and grief, prayed bold prayers and asked God to provide her with a child. After years of praying, the Lord remembered Hannah’s faithful prayers and opened her womb to bear a son, Samuel. (1 Samuel 1:2-20)
Prayer lessons we can learn from Hannah:
- Never stop praying- 1 Samuel tells us that Hannah battled infertility for years and this brought great sorrow to her soul. She was desperate for a child and her heart ached with longing. Yet no matter how many years passed or how she was taunted by others for being childless, Hannah was faithful in prayer. She never stopped believing God would bless her with a baby and that God would provide for her life.
- Pray through your deepest hurts and hardest days-When your burdens feel too much to bear, pray. Take your troubles and lay them before the throne of God and trust that the steadfast love of God will sustain you.
Paul is another strong prayer warrior, one who persecuted Christians until He came face to face with the power of God on the road to Damascus. Since leaving his former life behind and spreading the good news of Jesus, Paul learned how to pray with passion and power. The New Testament is filled with Paul’s letters and God’s truths he shares with individual churches.
Prayer lessons from Paul:
- God still works miracles through prayer: When Paul and Silas were taken prisoner (Acts 16), they were praying and worshipping God through song on the prison floor. As they prayed, a violent earthquake shook the prison doors open. God had moved in a tangible, physical way for the men of faith. Then, God used this miracle to save the life of the prison guard who watched in disbelief at this act of God.
- Regularly pray for others and pray intercessory prayers: Paul loved to lift up his church members and often wrote about praying for others. Even when those in his life struggled and slipped in their Christian walk, Paul was faithful to pray for others.
- Pray with boldness: Paul was no stranger to persecution or hardship. Yet when he was in danger or hope seemed lost, Paul fell to his knees and prayed bold, war room prayers.
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How to pray with hope against spiritual warfare and hardship
Paul also imparted wisdom on how to pray against spiritual warfare and overcome victory in the name of Jesus.
Ephesians 6:10-18 arms believers with a powerful weapon to stand firm when the hard times come. These encouraging verses model how to press into God for strength, even when we face the impossible.
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
These verses are powerful reminders that we don’t have to search for hope and strength anywhere other than the Word of God.
The Lord has supplied His children with the whole Armor of God, which helps us fight back against the enemy’s schemes,
Belt of Truth- trust the truth of God to set you free from guilt, shame, and to lead you in the way you should go. God’s Truth will guide your path, always!
Breastplate of Righteousness- rejoice in the righteousness of Christ and continue to follow God’s commands even when it’s not what you want to do.
Gospel of Peace- surrender your worries and troubles to the Lord and rest in His unwavering peace.
Shield of Faith– set your hope and faith in God’s promises and unwavering character. Stand firm in faith and rest in God’s faithfulness.
Helmet of Salvation- set your mind on the thoughts and ways of God. Let the salvation of Christ penetrate to all aspects of your life as you focus your circumstances on the victory God has already won on your behalf.
Sword of the Spirit- refute temptation with the Word of God, just like Jesus responded to temptation by quoting Scripture.
It’s time we start using these weapons of faith in those moments when we feel defeated, tempted, or overwhelmed in any area of our life.
When you feel the enemy vying for your heart and ready to see you stumble, remember God’s truth and repeat it aloud.
Stand firm in faith and trust that God’s great power has already overcome the enemy.
You can walk in victory.
You don’t have to live defeated.
God has already conquered sin and temptation! Use the life of these prayer warriors in the Bible to spur you on in your own walk with God.
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