I tend to learn something new each day I walk with God. Sometimes they are big revelations for my life, and other times they are smaller things that may seem like more common sense. One thing that really came through the last few weeks and months is the real power of prayer. Not just on your own, but especially the power of having people praying for you, with you, or over you. For me prayer used to be one of those things that just came along when I found it convenient or for things that were often more centered on my small world and story. It didn’t take it really serious for a long time and I certainly never took the time to really ask others to pray for me or with me. Never felt it was important or that my own situations didn’t warrant a need for prayer from others. Certainly had a jacked-up view of things for some time.
I’ve learned quite differently recently though. In the last year, especially, I really made it an effort to try to bring prayer into my daily life. I began to grown in that sense, but it was not until the last couple of months that things really changed as did most of my spiritual life. When I was going through the issues of my own wounds and talking with God in this, two team members from Ransomed Heart came to sit with me and talk. They then took the time to set their hands on me and pray over me. What healing power. Having these men intercede was so powerful and it was the first time I ever really had anyone pray over me in that sense, ever.
In the last couple of weeks, I was struggling through some things where the enemy was really trying to bring me back down from the road that God now has me on. He was trying to take me out and I sat in prayer to try to ask God strength and armor for it. He told me that I needed to get others involved in it. So with that, I stepped out and reached out to my brothers from Boot Camp, gave them a run down of what was going down and asked for their prayers in. The response was great and the renewal I felt and the added strength God gave me through it was immense. Again, something I had never done before in reaching out for prayers into something personal in my life.
God revealed something substantial in this and in the spiritual warfare we deal with. Sometimes, we need more than just our own prayers to deal with the warfare of the enemy. We need a prayer army. We need people in our corner who care enough to jump right in and pray for us to help us find breakthrough in the struggles the enemy may have us in. It will often take an army. The enemy is relentless in his attacks on us as he looks to destroy our hearts.
Prayer works. Prayer is needed in our lives every single day. I wish I had found it before now, but God brought me on a journey so that I would come to a point where I knew I had to be totally dependent on Him alone. Paul says in Philippians 4:6, “don’t worry about anything, instead pray about everything.” When Jesus is in the garden he asks the disciples to pray so that they will not give into temptation and Jesus prayed for God’s will to be done. He prayed always and the Father answered. In Luke 22:44, “an angel from heaven appeared and strengthened him.”
Prayer is needed throughout our lives and we often need that prayer army in our corner. Watchman Nee said, “Our prayers lay the track down which Gods power can come. Like a mighty locomotive, his power is irresistible, but it cannot reach us without rails.” Sometimes where we need the prayer is deep and the tracks need extensions. This is what your prayer army is for. Your circles are huge. Only wish I truly discovered this sooner. I’m grateful for the army I have in my corner now. I’m grateful for the power of the Holy Spirit and the intercession of Christ for my life with the Father. All of that combined with the Armies of Heaven and we can be equipped and armed up for anything.