My mother was a prayer warrior. The label “prayer warrior” is derived from the belief that the person gifted with intercessory prayer stands on the front lines of spiritual warfare. Her habit was to pray on her knees in her closet and she could be there for hours. She had a cork board on a wall in her closet where she pinned up pictures of the people she was praying for, and when we cleaned out her closet after her passing, we counted 417 names there.
We have some pretty fantastic prayer warriors who have been offering prayer through the Catch since May and they have many of your names on their walls. We have purposely not picked the members of our prayer team. Intercession is a powerful spiritual weapon that cancels the plans of the devil against the people of God and establishes our Lord’s plan for the work we are called to do. Because our intercessory prayer group is extremely powerful, they are a great threat to the enemy, who will try to hinder their development. Therefore, we wait on God to handpick each prayer warrior.
Our prayer warriors take joy in finding out what God is doing. They are delving intently into the power and presence of Christ in your life this week. Everything is kept current. We ask for weekly updates as the Prayer Warriors find hope in sharing how the presence of the Lord is working in your lives from one week to the next, and Marti or I respond to every request personally. Some are shocked and surprised to find this out; they are so used to walking alone with their issues. Suddenly, it’s not just their issues anymore; others are picking them up and walking with them.
And the accountability makes everyone more keen on what God is doing in our lives and the lives of those around us. When others are interceding on your behalf, you become alert in your anticipation of the power and intimacy in the presence of the Lord. This is a benefit of a praying life in which all of us can partake. This is why Jesus told His disciples many times to “watch and pray.” Don’t just pray; watch, too. Look. See what God is doing. You become aware of so much more when you pray.
We have become aware of so much in our Catch community we would never have known otherwise. Rape, suicide, deep depression, a looming prison sentence, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), death of a loved one, recovery from a deceitful life, economic issues and their effect on marriages, abortion, same sex attraction issues, infertility, chronic pain, surgery, and a dying church, just to name a few, and that’s just in yesterday’s requests (55 in all). As Wesley says in the movie, Princess Bride, “Life is pain… Anyone who says differently is selling something.”
But intercession is bringing us together. Indeed, intercession may be the ultimate ministry in God’s plan of salvation. Hebrews 7:25 says that Jesus forever lives to make intercession for us. Think about that. He lived a simple life in Nazareth for thirty years and had a public ministry for three. And all the rest of His forever He’s been interceding for us. And not only that, but it clearly says He lives for this. This is what He is all about. That may tell us something of the inestimable importance of intercession.
Actually, one of our Catch citizens said it best when she wrote to those who are praying for her, “Thank you for your time, my shadow people, hovering behind me like a blanket of protection.”