Keys to Becoming a Prayer Warrior
God made us in the image of His likeness. Subsequently, He continuously reaches out to us
with kindness, motivated by His everlasting love. The prophet Jeremiah wrote in chapter
31:3, The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an
everlasting love: therefore, with lovingkindness I have drawn you.” God is eager to have a
relationship with each of us; to unites us with Him. In John 17:20, 21 Jesus prayed the
following: “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through
their word; that they all may be one as You, Father, are in Me and I am in You; that they
may also be one with Us…” Prayer is how we develop our relationship and oneness with
God. Below are steps, adopted from work by Derek Prince, on becoming a prayer warrior.
• IMITATE JESUS:
o To become a prayer warrior, we must study what Jesus did when He prayed.
Luke 5:16 states that the Lord often withdrew to a lonely place and prayed.
• REVERENT SUBMISSION
o Matthew 26:39 says, He (Jesus) fell with His face to the ground and prayed,
“Father, not as I will, but as you will.” Reverent submission involves respect
for God; humility, and saying to Father God, not my will, but Your will done.
• HAVE FAITH
o Faith is acting like you know the Word of God is true. In Matthew 21:22 Jesus
says, Whatever things you ask in prayer, believing (as you pray), you will
receive. Yet, we do not have a blank check with God. The stronger our faith,
the more likely we will align our requests with the Word.
• PRAY IN THE NAME OF JESUS
o In John 16:24, the Lord said, “Most assuredly I say to you, whatever you ask
the Father in My name He will give to you.” Here the Lord, establishes the
basis for how a believer should submit their request(s) to God.
• APPROACH GOD WITH BOLDNESS
o The way to approach God is through prayer; with confidence and without
condemnation. Let us therefore come boldly before the throne of grace, to
obtain mercy and find grace in time of need (Hebrews 4:16).
• PRAY WITH THE RIGHT MOTIVE
o In Matthew 23:5, Jesus criticized the Pharisees, because they performed
works to be seen. Not only must we pray the scriptures, we must live them.
• FORGIVE THOSE WHO HAVE HURT YOU
o Jesus said in Matthew 6:12, “Forgive us of our trespasses as we forgive those
who trespass against us.” Unforgiveness is one of the most common
blockages to getting prayers answered.
• SUBMIT TO THE DIRECTION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
o As we align our prayers with the Word of God, the Holy Spirit works through
them. The Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 8:26, “the Spirit helps us in our
weakness. We don’t always know what to pray for, but the Spirit intercedes
for us… The Holy Spirit intercedes for us according to the will of God, which is
His Word. Therefore, we should include God’s Word in our prayers.