We are all prayer warriors. I’ll be the first to confess that this is not easy for me. Making time to commit to pray shouldn’t be difficult, but it always seems to be. But, what does prayer even look like? If you were asked, or if you asked me or any woman of Christ, I believe we would all say that we pray every day in passing. The last time you were running late and couldn’t find your keys? That little, instinctive prayer for help was lifted up. Without diminishing the importance of that constant connection and communication with our Father, let us not forget the importance of committed prayer and intercession that is so powerful.
It’s perhaps too easy to think of intercession as an elite spiritual calling, but I believe we are all called to intercede. 1 Timothy 2:1 tells us: “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people.” To intercede is to make an appeal to the Lord on behalf of another. The Holy Spirit is constantly interceding in prayer for us, and we are called to do the same for others. I fail at this daily. I keep a note on my counter to remind me to be in daily intercession, and I still don’t do it. There is a spiritual battle being waged in and around us every moment of every day. There is an enemy who tries to distract us; convince us we are too tired, it is too difficult, or that we are simply not needed. Why would God listen to my prayers? What difference can my prayer make? But prayer isn’t of our power. It’s not a difference we make. It’s an appeal to our Father to move on behalf of a person, or a people. He has the authority to make all the difference.
This past week, as I was with exchange students from another country, many of whom had never heard the gospel before, my heart was heavy with a spiritual longing. I believe the Holy Spirit was urging me to prayer. When it comes to making disciples of all nations, each of us has our own unique spiritual gifts that come into play. But I firmly believe that all of us, before action, are called to prayer. Prayer inspires God to work. Prayer invites Him to flex His muscles for us. This past week, as the gospel was shared, I could see and feel the Holy Spirit stirring in many hearts. I did nothing but pray for those sharing and those hearing, and watched God work.
Prayer, intercession, supplication: these are not for the so-called spiritual elite (if there even is such a thing!). These are for everyone, everyday. As women of Christ, we are called to pray first, then move to action as He directs. But how often do we want to skip prayer and jump into action? The pride in us tells us to just take control of a situation, and do something! The doubt in us tells us that prayer is nothing, and doesn’t make a difference. But faith says God will move when we pray.
Sisters in Christ, let us exercise our faith first in prayer and intercession, watch God work, and move to action only as He tells us. I believe in action, but I believe first in prayer. For God can do far more than any of us ever can.
“16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” – James 5:16