A battle rages for the souls of men. The man of prayer will recognize that the forces of hell will do everything to keep men in bondage to their sins. The man of prayer understands that “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12). The man or woman of prayer must learn to wrestle in prayer against the spiritual forces of wickedness.
God is assembling an army of prayer warriors in this generation. The Spirit is whispering in the hearts of men and women, “Pray! Pray!” He is calling believers to put on the whole armor of God. He is our shepherd and protector, our deliverer and strength. We do not have to fear the enemy. We can storm the gates of hell on our knees and rescue multitudes that are perishing.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon said, “We are rowing like lifeboat men upon a stormy sea, and we are hurrying to yonder wreck, where men are perishing. If we may not draw that old wreck to shore, we will at least, by the power of God, rescue the perishing, save life, and bear the redeemed to the shores of salvation. Our mission, like our Lord’s, is to gather out the chosen of God, from among men, that they may live to the glory of God.”
Mighty God, You have created me to fight on my knees for the sake of those who are facing an eternity without Your Presence! May I be a faithful warrior, putting on Your armor daily and standing in the face of the enemy. You are the ultimate Shepherd and Protector and I put my trust in You to use me for Your purposes in the lives of lost people.
Praise Jesus for calling you his friend (Jn. 15:15). Thank him for giving you a job to do in his kingdom—that is, to “bear fruit” (15:16). Confess those times when you’ve sought to do your own work rather than God’s work. Commit yourself to bearing fruit that will last. Ask Jesus for the strength and wisdom you need to carry out his commands.
Praise God for family members and friends who also have been called by him to bear fruit. Thank Jesus for his friendship with them. Pray that they will seek to nurture that friendship with their Savior.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend.