Just as God created us with different personalities, we also pray in unique ways. While we don’t want to put people “in a box,” there are patterns that can help us better understand one another. Over the next few weeks, we’ll look at four different types of intercessors. You may be thinking of many more, but these give us a starting point. Each type has both strengths and weaknesses, which if we recognize, can help us relate better to one another and have more enjoyable prayer meetings.
When you think of an “intercessor,” the warrior type may come to mind. You’ve seen them – the fiery prayer warrior who can pray on and on and on. Praying “the paint off the walls” is second nature to them. Raising their voice, at times to shouting level, they passionately cry out to God or rail against the devil. No one can miss their level of energy or enthusiasm.
However, that can be part of the weakness of this type of intercessor – they intimidate others. I don’t like to pray after a warrior intercessor, because my prayers feel weak in comparison. Also, because they can pray lengthy prayers, others may not have the opportunity to pray or won’t because their prayers feel too short and feeble in comparison and therefore not as “spiritual.” Of course, this isn’t true! Every prayer is valuable, no matter the length or whether delivered in a loud, passionate voice or a whisper. However, our tendency is to believe that the louder and longer the prayer, the more “anointed” it is. Breaking down this stereotype and understanding different types of intercessors will go a long way in improving corporate prayer.
Another weakness of the warrior type is that of burnout and woundedness. Knowing when to rest and when to get help when needed is essential. Rest can be just as much a “weapon” against the enemy as active battle when used rightly. If it is your tendency to “fight” on and on, consider doing a Biblical study on rest. Find times of refreshing in the Lord to receive and enter into quietness.
God as a warrior intercessor: “The Lord is a man of war, the Lord is His name.” Exodus 15:3
Next week we will look at the Watchman/prophetic Intercessor.