We are all Prayer Warriors
Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly. But I beseech you the rather to do this, that I may be restored to you the sooner. (Hebrews 13:18-19)
Have you ever heard someone give their ministerial title as an “intercessor?” The idea that an “intercessor” is a classification of the five-fold ministry is simply not Biblical because every believer is a prayer warrior. The Bible tells us that it is our responsibility as members of the body of Christ to intercede or stand in the gap for other people.
Anyone can have a burden of prayer for others. When we pray for others, we grow spiritually. As we do, we sense more burdens and drawings from the Holy Spirit to pray for even more people. Why? Because God can trust that we will use the power of prayer to help others and to accomplish His will in the earth. In heaven's business model, good stewards are given more assignments along with the accompanying ability and anointing to achieve them.
Also, the more that you study the Word about prayer, the more God will use you in prayer because He knows that you will be effective in what you pray. God has marked everything you have ever prayed for. He is aware of the effects your prayers have had.
I am fully convinced that at the great supper in Heaven when the Lord is handing out rewards, there will be a lot of people no one knows who will receive more rewards than popular, famous Christians. Why? Because those unknown people caused souls to be won, cities to be changed, and miracles to take place because of their prayers.
Paul said he needed the church to pray to do his job. Your pastor needs you to pray so he can do his.
Practical Application – Today, as you pray for people God has placed on your heart, ask the Lord if there are other prayer assignments He would like to give you and pray earnestly for them.
Romans 15:32; Colossians 4:12