A Warrior's Guide to Prayer


Prayer is an essential part of our walk with God. Prayer is how we build a relationship with Him and it is how He has designed the Universe to function.

Imagine you are married and your spouse only talks to you occasionally and then only to ask you to do something for them. How long do you think your marriage will last? Probably not very long.

When we choose to follow God, we need to invest the time and energy to build a relationship with Him. He wants us to and is just waiting eagerly for us to decide to turn to Him.

God Changes His Mind When We Pray

The Bible is full of examples of God actually changing His mind when His people pray.

  • When God was going to destroy Israel for their whining, Moses begged Him not to and He refrained.
  • When they ran out of wine at the wedding in Canaan, Mary asked Jesus to do something about it. He originally refused, but because of her faith and acts of obedience He ended up creating wine for the celebration.

These are just two examples.

The Bible says that it is God’s will for everyone to be saved,

...yet we know not everyone is saved.

Jesus told His disciples to “Ask the Father and He will send harvesters into the field.”

God has set up the universe so that the very elements are moved by the prayers of the saints. Our prayers are powerful and DO change things.

They Do get people saved.

God forged the swords, crafted the arrows, made the spears. 
We have to pick them up and use them.

God has already created the answers to our prayers.
We have to pray to release those answers.

So how do you pray? 

Do you recite famous lines others have written?

Well, there may be a place for that, but God really wants to hear from our heart. Jesus gave us a sample prayer. Though it doesn’t hurt to repeat this prayer as long as we mean it, I think He meant for it to just be a sample for us to build on.

Let's look at that sample:

Our Father Who Art in Heaven.

Jesus opened His prayer acknowledging who He was talking to. He wasn’t referring to Buddha, Confucius, or The Universal Consciousness.

He was talking to Daddy God, the Creator of the Universe, the King of Kings. Be sure who you are talking to when you pray.

Hallowed Be Thy Name.

He praised God. Now this sounds like a simple thing to do…until you go to do it. What do you say? What words do you use?

There are a number of places to begin. The last chapters in the book of Psalms are great praise chapters. You could begin by reading one of those out loud, concentrating on each phrase and meaning what it says.

Another good place to start is Isaiah 9:6 “…and His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Prince of Peace, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Build from there.

Some like to pray the different names of God listed in the Bible. Example:
  • Jehovah-Rohi: My Shepherd (Psalms 23:1)
  • Jehovah-Jireh: My Provider in times of trouble. (Psalms 23:1)
  • Jehovah-Shalom: My peace in the midst of turmoil (Psalms 23:2)
  • Jehovah-Rophi: My Healer (Psalms 23:3)
  • Jehovah-Tsedkenu: The Lord is Righteous (Psalms 23:3)
  • Jehovah-Shammah: The God who is always there (Psalms 23:4)
  • Jehovah-Niszi: My Banner (Psalms 23:5)
  • Jehovah-M’Kaddish: My Sanctifier (Psalms 23:5)
  • Jehovah-Yasha: My Savior (Jesus)
Or you can just tell Him in your own words how wonderful you think He is. Thank Him for all His blessings to you; your thumb, home, car, pets, children, parents, the clouds, mountains, rain, sunshine, your health and anything else you can think of.

Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done, on Earth as it is in Heaven

Pray for God’s will to be done, first of all in your home, then your block, neighborhood, town, state, country and the world. ("… you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." Acts 1:8- In other words, beginning at home and working out from there.)

Pray for your neighbors, friends and family by name.

This can also take the form of declaring to the world, to Satan, that God's will WILL be done. God's the Boss, and we're His representatives (like soldiers obeying orders while representing their General). We can confidently confront our enemy knowing we are carrying God's sword.

Luke 10:19 ESV Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you.

Mark 16:17-18 And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

Luke 9:1 And he called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases,

James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he WILL flee from you.

John 14:12 “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.

2 Peter 1:3 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence,

Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread.

Now you ask for those things you and others need. I keep a list of prayer requests in my Daily Planner that I go over every day. There are also several "Prayer Notebook" apps for smartphones. My list covers everyone from my immediate family to extend family, friends, and our country. I don’t go on and on about these needs though. God knows them and I have faith in my prayers that He is answering them.

Forgive Us Our Debts as We Forgive Our Debtors

Sin creates a debt. We must ask God to forgive us for those sins we have committed. If we also truly forgive those who have sinned against us, who have harmed us, who have offended us, God WILL forgive us.

Lead Us Not Into Temptation But Deliver Us From Evil.

It is OK to ask to not be tempted by sin. I pray this for my children regularly. I also pray that God lets me catch them when they do begin to sin and to have the wisdom to correct them in the most effective way to produce righteousness.

We should pray this for ourselves as well.

For Thine is the Kingdom, and the Glory, and the Power Forever

Your prayer should end with praise and acknowledgement of God’s strength and wonder.

Amen

Amen means “So be it.”



When you are first starting to pray, set aside 10 minutes to listen to worship music to get your mind on God. Then spend another 10 minutes or so praying. 
Also, talk to God throughout your day. He likes it. 

We have the authority through our prayers to change the world. It is time for prayer warriors to get on their knees …


And Fight!