For a long time I assumed that the calling to be a prayer warrior was an assignment only given to some. That it was a gift given by the Holy Spirit just like any of the other spiritual gifts he distributes.
I’m not sure exactly how or why this idea took residence in my mind – but it did.
The greatest revelation I received from this book was that a prayer warrior is something that we, as His children, are all called to be. It’s a position that all of us can and should be eager to obtain.
So then – what are these secrets of a prayer warrior?
The big secret that Prince reveals about becoming a powerful prayer warrior is that there really is no secret! Becoming one is more about walking in truth that has already been given than discovering some secret that has been hidden.
The road to obtaining it has been fully disclosed. For many of us it’s just waiting to be realized.
In “Secrets of a Prayer Warrior” Prince leads us through the scriptures to show us how the key elements to a mighty, influential and effective prayer life have been unveiled and fully displayed within the Scriptures.
Without going into too much detail, here are the 8 basic conditions he describes for effective prayer. The quotes I included from Prince are those which resonated with me personally:
1. Come with reverent submission
“It says that Jesus was heard because of His reverent submission. This is the first condition for approaching God” – see Matthew 26:39,42
2. Have Faith
“Faith is an essential condition for approaching and being accepted by God. Anyone who comes to Him must believe. Furthermore, we are required to believe two things: that God exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him. – see Hebrews 11:6
3. Pray in the name of Jesus
“The blood of Christ is the visible, eternal evidence of the sacrifice that Jesus made on our behalf. When we come in the name of Jesus, we come in the merits of the blood that He shed on our behalf.” – see Ephesians 2:13
5. Have the right motive
“The right motive for praying is that the answer may bring glory to God. This is actually the right motive for all we do.” – see John 14:13
6. Forgive those who have hurt you
“You and I have no right to pray for deliverance til we have forgiven others as we would have God forgive us.” – see Mark 11:25
7. Be directed by the Holy Spirit
“The Spirit of God..takes over and makes intercession through you, praying according to the will of God” – see Romans 8:14, 26-27
8. Ask according to God’s Word
“The last condition is the greatest secret that clinches our life of prayer: We pray according to God’s will as revealed in His word.”
“God’s Word is packed with divine promises. The apostle Peter calls them “exceedingly great and precious promises (2 Pet. 1:4). And do you know what those promises are? The promises of God are the will of God.
This book also helped to shape my understanding of what it means for us to be a royal priesthood!
I knew that as priests, we have been given the honored privilege of offering gifts and spiritual sacrifices to the Lord. However, the word royal was something I hadn’t previously given much thought to.
To be royal means to rule, right?
So what does it mean for us to rule – here and now; in the earth for His kingdom?
“As people of a kingdom it is our responsibility to rule the world for God. Only when we learn to minister as priests can we do this. What kind of spiritual sacrifices does God expect us to offer? Just as Jesus offered up prayers and petitions during His life on earth, so should we. When we learn to pray, then we are qualified to rule.” – Derek Prince
DO YOU SENSE HIM CALLING YOU?
Is a desire beginning to break through to become a powerful and effective prayer warrior?
Let me encourage you to read this book – but even more than that let me encourage you to just start praying! Pray for deeper revelation of all this truth.
Trust me, as I encourage you I’m preaching to myself.
There is so much truth and tools to learn from this book and in these scriptures – some of them probably take a lifetime to apprehend. So let’s get started!