Prayer is work—and it requires all-out battle. It is not an idle pastime or an optional exercise reserved for more “spiritual” believers. Prayer is the hard-work business of the church of Jesus Christ. The kind of prayer that changes hearts and transforms neighborhoods and rebuilds communities and revives nations is intense, fervent, and all business. It takes a proactive commitment on our part to set aside the time and effort to be strong in prayer and to give energy to our praying. Colossians 4:2 says we are to “continue earnestly in prayer.” That’s what it means to be a “prayer warrior.” Hand-to-hand combat with issues of daily living, fiercely fought in front of our Father—that is what committed Christian prayer looks like.
I’ve learned that Satan trembles when he sees the least of God’s children on their knees. Praise given to God causes the enemy to be incredibly uncomfortable. Whatever he wants to do, he has to work ten times harder to do it when God’s people are praying.
Learn to pray on the armor of God with The Warrior’s Prayer
The Warrior’s Prayer is a poetic prayer based on Ephesians 6 that helps you pray on the spiritual armor God has given you and prepares you for daily spiritual battle:
Your warrior prepares for battle
Today I claim victory over Satan by
putting on the whole armor of God!
I put on the Girdle of Truth!
May I stand firm in the truth of Your Word
so I will not be a victim of Satan’s lies.
I put on the Breastplate of Righteousness!
May it guard my heart from evil
so I will remain pure and holy,
protected under the blood of Jesus Christ.
I put on the Shoes of Peace!
May I stand firm in the Good News of the
Gospel so your peace will shine through
me and be a light to all I encounter.
I take the Shield of Faith!
May I be ready for Satan’s firey darts
of doubt, denial, and deceit so I will not be
vulnerable to spiritual defeat.
I put on the Helmet of Salvation
May I keep my mind focused on You
so Satan will not have a stronghold
on my thoughts.
I take the Sword of the Spirit!
May the two-edged sword of Your Word
be ready in my hands so I can expose the
tempting words of Satan.
By faith your warrior has put on
the whole armor of God!
I am prepared to live this day
in spiritual victory!