This post is all about becoming a prayer warrior.
Do you have the desire to be able to say “I am a prayer warrior”?
Are you ready to take your prayer life to the next level and go from just praying when it’s convenient… to actually praying strategically and intentionally? If so, then you’re in the perfect place!
Personally, I’ve been striving for the same thing! And I’ve been blessed to have learned some incredibly helpful tactics to practice that’ll help you and I both become consistent prayer warriors for Christ.
Keep reading to learn how to build the heart of a prayer warrior.
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How to Become a Prayer Warrior
Prayer Warrior Meaning
When Christians refer to the term “prayer warrior,” they are simply referring to someone who has a strong prayer life, which could be characterized by:
- Often praying for/with others.
- Going to God in prayer over every situation in your life, rather big or small.
- Refusing to worry about life situations and praying about them instead.
- Interceding in prayer on behalf of others.
- Having faith and trusting that the Lord will answer your prayers.
These are just a handful of the potential characteristics of a prayer warrior. ☺️
How Do You Become a Prayer Warrior? (5 Practical Ways)
First I want to say, I cannot recommend the book “Fervent” by Priscilla Shirer enough for any and every woman who wants to become a true prayer warrior.
Prayer Warrior Tip # 1: REPLACE YOUR THOUGHTS WITH PRAYERS.
“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests…” – Ephesians 6:18
Have you ever really taken into account how much time you spend thinking? Whether it’s thinking about simple things as small as what you’re going to do that day, all the way into bigger decisions like how to handle a tough situation with a loved one…
What if we used that time to pray about those things, instead of just thinking about them?
Wouldn’t our time be spent SO much more effectively?
After all… Us simply thinking about things can only do so much… Sure, we can analyze and do our best to problem solve. But when it really comes down to it, God is the One who actually knows the best answer.
He is the one who knows exactly what you need to do… And not only that, but how you need to do it, when you need to do what, and who you’ll impact along the way.
God is the One who truly knows the absolute best way for you to handle that situation with your loved one…
And if you turn to Him, (rather than to your own thoughts) He can not only help you handle the situation the most effective way possible, but He can actually bring GOOD out of the situation as well!
He is the God of immeasurably more than you could ever ask or think! (Eph. 3:20)
Prayer Warrior Tip # 2: Know scripture and incorporate it into your prayers.
“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” – Hebrews 4:12
God’s Word = power!
Praying our own words from our heart is powerful, yes, because God tells us to come to Him with all kinds of prayers, supplications, and requests! (Eph. 6:18)
However, speaking God’s own Words back to Him is incredibly powerful as well. Because He tells us that His Word is alive! Meaning that the second it leaves our mouths, it is in motion working to accomplish the thing that we sent it to change! (Isaiah 55:11)
WOW…. Amazing right?! Almost hard to even comprehend!!
But start trying this on a regular basis… And I can assure you you’ll see a difference!
Prayer Warrior Tip # 3: Instead of saying “I’ll pray for you,” stop right then and pray.
“Therefore, encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:7
Praying with others is one HUGE way you can encourage and build them up!
And think about this…
How often do we tell someone “I’ll be praying for you!” and while we say this with the right intentions, and probably do plan on praying for them… How often do we end up forgetting to actually do so?
For me… I can say pretty often.
However, if I stop right then and there to pray for that person, not only does it insure that the praying gets done, but it also speaks volumes to that person!
Doing this will:
- Help that person feel loved, important, and seen.
- Help build that person’s own faith in God for their situation, because faith is contagious!
*TIP*: Instead of commenting on someone’s Facebook post and saying “I’ll be praying for you!”… Just go ahead and type out a short prayer in the comments instead!
It doesn’t have to be anything elaborate. But, can you imagine the impact something as simple as this can have?!
Prayer Warrior Tip # 4: Use faith-filled words when you pray.
“Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them.” – Mark 11:23
This is only one of the scriptures that exemplifies our need to pray in faith.
When we pray, we are not called to pray doubtful, worried-filled prayers. — What do we think that shows God? It shows Him that we don’t truly trust in Him and believe He can answer our prayers.
Therefore, instead, we are called to pray FULL OF FAITH… Regardless of the circumstance or what the prayer is for.
Think about this…
When the woman with the issue of blood came and touched Jesus’ cloak, He felt power go out of Him, and she was healed… He looked at her and said, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering!” (Mark 5:34)
Read that again.
Your faith has healed you!
The woman with the issue of blood had the faith that even touching Jesus’ cloak could heal her… So it did.
I believe God wants to see that we trust Him and that we believe He can answer our prayers. And THAT is why praying faith-filled prayers is so powerful.
However, you must be willing to do the work to grow your faith each and every day… because the Bible also says that “faith comes by hearing and hearing of the Word of God.” (Romans 10:17)
Therefore, without hearing (and reading) God’s Word… it is impossible for our faith to grow.
The bottom line: Read the Word = Faith growth = Better ability to pray in faith = More powerful prayers. ☺️
ONE MORE TIP: When you pray in faith, pray as if you’ve already received the answer!
For example, instead of saying: “God, please help me with ______.” Say, “God, I thank You that You are helping me with _____! I believe that I receive it!”
Prayer Warrior Tip # 5: Praise and worship through your prayers!
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians4:6-7
We see from this prayer warrior Bible verse that it’s important to also thank God while we pray about things. — Thank Him for what He’s already done and what He’s yet to do!
Giving thanksgiving and praise during our prayers also helps us recall on the ways God has already been there for us and answered our prayers… Which, in turn, strengthens our faith in what we are currently praying for!
There’s just so much joy that sparks when we praise and thank Him!
What are the Duties of a Prayer Warrior?
There isn’t a specific definition for prayer warrior in the Bible that explains the duties of one… But what we can do is look at the context of scripture that speaks about prayer and the best ways to pray!
If you look at the 5 Prayer Warrior tips above, you’ll be able to learn 5 of the key ways to become a prayer warrior.
Prayer Warrior Q&A
What is the Best Form of Prayer?
Ephesians 6:18 tells us to “pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests…” so it’s clear here that there is no form of prayer that is considered the “best,” as God clearly wants all kinds of them.
However, the Word does allow us to see that God honors faith-filled prayers.
James 5:15 says that “the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.”
For more tips on how to do this, scroll up to Prayer Warrior Tip # 4 in this post. ☺️
I also highly recommend using a prayer journal like this one! It’s set up to intentionally guide you through prayer with categories to fill in each day!
Is it OK to Write Down Your Prayers?
It is a very beneficial idea for you to write down your prayers! Writing them down enables you to look back on previous prayers and see how God has answered them.🙌🏼 This brings God a significant amount of glory! Which He loves.
It’s also a good idea to write the dates at the top of your prayer entry pages…That way you can see when you prayed over what. You can even go in and highlight or circle prayers when they’ve been answered.😀
What Does it Mean to Intercede in Prayer?
Interceding in prayer for someone means that you are fighting for them through prayer on their behalf.
Oxford Languages defines the word “intercede” as this: to intervene on behalf of another.
So any time you are praying for someone else, that’s considered interceding for them. — This is one huge way to become a prayer warrior!
Can You Pray With Your Eyes Open?
You can definitely pray with your eyes open! As Christians, the Holy Spirit lives within us at all times. And we can speak with Him whether our eyes are opened or closed… Anytime and anywhere.
I truly hope this post all about how to become a prayer warrior helps strengthen your prayer life!