I remember when I just got born again and heard the term “prayer warrior” for the first time. My heart was filled with respect and awe for these special individuals.
And when I heard that every Wednesday night they gathered to pray, my respect for them increased.
One day, someone invited me to come for a vigil in church. It was on a Wednesday, and I had totally forgotten that this was the same prayer warrior’s vigil. I attended, prayed and enjoyed the prayers so much.
When prayers ended, I was filled with a bittersweet feeling of joy and unsatisfied hunger. The former because I’ve always wanted to pray but something always limited me to 30minutes a session.
The latter because I wanted to pray some more but the program had ended, and people needed to sleep without the noise of one overzealous sister.
Later, someone commended me for coming for the prayer warrior’s vigil. I was shocked after the realization hit me that this was it!!. This was what kept me from enjoying a long time of fellowship in prayer all this while. That seemingly big English (Prayer warrior) had kept me away from a wonderful time with Abba and the brethren.
You see the deceit??
We’ve come up with these terms and titles and with good intentions I’m sure, but have unconsciously chased some persons away from the place of prayer. That’s the desire of the devil.
Listen my dear believer, we ‘ALL’ have been called to the ministry of word and prayer.
Acts 6:4 “But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.”
We ‘ALL’ are asked to fight the good fight of faith.
1 Timothy 6:12 “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.”
We ‘ALL’ have a common enemy…the devil.
1 Peter 5:8 KJV
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
Not some of us but ‘ALL’ of us. We must know and use the weapons given to us to wage a good warfare and maintain a constant victory over the kingdom of darkness (Eph 6:11).
No one is called to fight your battles for you. All we can do is help each other but we don’t take up someone else’s battles.
Everyone of us must learn to pray and pray through and then pray some more. Praying must become first nature to every believer.
Jesus, the Son of God, prayed (Matt 14:23). He taught “all” the disciples to pray (Matt 6:9)..and they went ahead to teach their disciples to pray (Acts 1:14) and these disciples taught their disciples and the entire church how to pray (Acts 4:35).
They prayed till anyone of them held in prison was set free (Acts 12:5), they prayed till the Spirit of God asked them to separate missionaries from their midst, they prayed to send them into the field(Acts 13:2,3).. they prayed!!!
Brethren, Jesus has called us all into communion and fellowship with Him through prayers. It is a sweet fellowship… hallelujah!!!
Don’t let the devil make you afraid of praying, that’s his scheme to get you out of consistent and deep prayer lifestyle (2 Cor 2:11)
WATCH AND PRAY!!
Written by Sis Chidera Aguguo and Edited by Sis Oluwaseun Ogundare (Team Watchmen)