Silent Warrior: How to win battles through one prayer at a time
Prayer strengthens through hardships
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God uses our times of isolation and loneliness to draw closer to him. He teaches us patience, perseverance and gives us hope during those times.
"The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." James 5:16.
You see them everywhere and in all walks of life. You heart goes out to them in pity and brokenness because you deeply desire to step in and fulfill a need in their lives; only you cannot; because you have the same needs that have not been fulfilled yourself and you are struggling deep inside the same way to survive.
They can't buy groceries. They can't go to church. Maybe they have been in the hospital and now have no job. They are fixing to go into foreclosure.
You may see them in passing and notice the stress on their faces or in the way they handle themselves. Whatever their circumstances are, you know there is nothing you can do about it; at least physically.
So you sigh deeply with a heavy heart; and deep within the massive folds of your unending spirit, you pray.
You are a silent warrior.
"Pray without ceasing." First Thessalonians 5:17.
Most often times there are desperate needs in our lives and we sit and question where God's answers and provision are at. But something miraculous happens when we pray: God starts putting the pieces of our hardships together and forging a breathtaking puzzle of intricate design.
He starts with one piece, which means you start taking one step at a time. One piece turns into several, and with each prayer, God molds you and heals you piece at a time. Step by step.
You may be fighting your battles on your knees all alone; but God still hears because he knows your needs before the problem ever arises: An illness. A death in the family. The loss of a job. Hopelessness. The need for transportation and a home.
God already has your hardship puzzle mapped out to perfection before the hardship you are going through has hit you head on. He prepares to heal you and give you provision as you pray and trust him to provide.
At the church my family and I attended, Sunday nights were extremely special. We would fill out prayer hand requests and then exchange them. Our venture throughout the week would be to pray for that persons need on that prayer hand request. On Wednesday nights, we would gather around in a circle and pray for each individual need that was on the request. It was not a job. I considered it an honor.
It was amazing to see the answered prayers during that week. The ones that didn't get answered, we learned years later it was not in God's will at that time for our lives. It just meant God had something better in store for us than what we had originally asked for. But we had to trust him.
When you have nothing left to give someone, you can be the silent warrior in their life. You may be the only one bridging the gap between them, the world and God's provision.
Prayer equals provision.
God intended for us to have a relationship with him. To talk to him and him to us. Prayer is one perfect way.
The silent warriors are the people you least expect to be praying for a person in need. They don't brag. They keep steadfast in their journey of faith, persevering until the very end. Even when God is silent.
"Pray for one another, that ye may be healed." James 5:16.
Article adapted from: Mercy & Grace, Victory through Hardships by Esther Amariah, with the author's permission.