Friday, June 7th, 2013
Prayer Warriors (Part 1)
The Humble Are Exalted
And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.
Matthew 6:5-6 (NKJV)
Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. In this manner, therefore, pray:
Our Father in Heaven,
Hallowed be Your Name.
Your Kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the Kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
Matthew 6:8-13 (NKJV)
I am convinced that prayer warriors will receive the greatest rewards in Heaven. Contrary to popular opinion, they are not televangelists with 'Great swelling words' (2 Peter 2:18). D.L. Moody says, 'A man who prays much in private will make short prayers in public.'
Therein, prayer warriors pray quietly and consistently for others. By their choice, they are unknown to us. By His choice, they are Rock stars in Heaven.
The cheering masses that wandering stars enjoy on Earth will be silenced. The cheering masses that God's stars enjoy in Heaven are eternal. Apply The Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus to the entertainment industry (see Luke 16:19-31):
'Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented' (Luke 16:25).
Does this mean that God's stars should stay in seclusion? No! Only that God's stars should pray in seclusion--and never hoard their gifts in a house or a church.
Consider the beggars at your gates to be your fans, or anyone begging for truth, hope and love. You have the good stuff, so share it. God said through Isaiah, 'Arise, shine, for your light has come and the glory of the Lord is risen upon you' (Isaiah 60:1).
Jesus confirmed it: 'Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven' (Matthew 5:16).
To Be Continued...