A Warrior’s Prayer – Part 1
by Darrell C. Porter
It’s not a luxury. Prayer is a living necessity at all times, in every situation.
Pressed against the Christian each day is a world designed to weaken his hold on Christ. Its messages, though enticing and colorful, are corrupt with evil intelligence. Only the most sure can stand faithful to the Savior and not be utterly swayed.
The last several decades has seen widespread demonic forces move across America and around the globe like never before. Movies, music, media, video games, freely carry the vilest and most lethal iniquity.
Shamefully, few leaders possesses the moral strength and spiritual back bone to stand against the shame being spewed out upon society.
Glaring down on America we see her, year after year, plummeting deeper into a mindless glee over utter darkness, voodoo, witchcraft and the thick cauldron of death spirits, Halloween and its Fall Festivals.
A once favored national day of thanks is no longer hailed. Instead, people giddily decorate their homes, lawns and businesses with things that invite even more demonic entities into their lives.
Mixed in this caldron of the macabre are insatiable lusts for every sexual perversion imagined. This has become the character of much of our modern world.
Tightly intertwined into all this are watered-down doctrines of what is carelessly called Christianity. The Christless lives of such followers offer no real resistance to the devil.
Nevertheless, converts keep pouring unto to its altars. Little are they held to the plum line of Godliness and discipline in their marriages, homes, schools or work. Rather they are gingerly excused for their immorality, violence, drugs and other perversions.
“Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things”. (Php 3:19)
The decay of morals and integrity, the absence of Christ in society, and the lurid things that tempt many, even true Christian saints, only drives home the Apostle Paul’s point that we ought to be “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit…” (Eph 6:18)
No Christian can navigate in such a worldly sea, day after day, without the help of heaven. Neither can one stand by and watch their loved ones and neighbors being destroyed by wickedness without holding them up in prayer.
Prayer, therefore, is not a luxury. It is a dire necessity.
In fact, it’s more like there’s a blaring declaration out there to all Christians everywhere. PRAY!!!
Pray earnestly! Pray standing on God’s holy and written Word.
The stark, and often unimaginable reality is this; it is through the Believer’s fervent and heart-felt prayer that God shows Himself mighty on behalf of those who trust Him. Persist prayer, indeed insistence on the revealed written will of God, can effectively turn even nations to do right in the eyes of God.
For sure, only a warrior for God can pray these kind of prayers; and pray always, as the Scriptures demand. (Eph.6:18)
A warrior fights. He fights for his kingdom and for his King. Warriors know how to use their weapons. Being strangers deposited in a foreign land, places them in constant danger. Yet they have orders to advance.
Likewise, the Christian warrior fights for God and His uncompromising Truth. He can be a man, a woman, a child. He knows his weapon, which is the eternal, living Word of God. His orders? Take the land for Jesus, his King. Yet, to do so is to put himself in danger. For he is sent out a lamb among wolves; and is repeatedly under attack. Nevertheless, he stands. The world despises this kind of man – a man whose faith is more than not just mere words, but deeds.
Jesus said to His Father, “I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.” (Joh 17:14)
A Christian Believer, by his new birth in Christ, is a spiritual warrior. His heavenly Father wars against worldliness, which is His enemy; and enemy to the true Believer.
The holy Christian fights for God’s righteousness. His prayer life is a war life; and his war life is prayer. No true saint ever walks with God without walking in prayer, and none remains where God is without fighting to keep that position. If you believe God you will surely be found one day having to defend that faith. Prayers – warfare prayers – hold you to what God has called you.
The saint who seeks after Christ in the midst of every crisis, in the midst of every attack, knows one thing for sure (which the saints of old have always known), that “This world is not my home”.
That point drives home the simple fact that you are not fighting for this world. You are fighting for the world to come. “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven”. (Mt 6:10)
In this spiritual race the Christian Believer clearly realizes that it is “God that teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight.” (Ps 144:1)
The prayers of that saint are a warrior’s prayers. His aim? Uphold the banner of Christ and Truth. His desire is to see God’s glorified through His wondrous healings, deliverances, Salvation and justice.
Such a Christian knows that whatever strength and victory he may enjoy comes only from almighty God. Thus, and before the face of God, he bellows forth that warrior’s prayer unto God.