Types of Intercessors, Part 1 (Warrior Intercessor)

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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.

Warrior Intercessors

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.

3 Comments

  • I love your comment about not liking to pray after a fiery warrior! I had this exact thing happen to me a couple of weeks ago – in corporate prayer I followed two fiery- type prayers, and then I felt my prayer sounded a bit feeble. Mine was a very heart-felt prayer, but I was trying to compare myself which is wrong. The enemy knows our insecurities, and he will try to capitalize on it!

    This is a big problem in corporate prayer – people always think they will be judged when compared to others. Thanks for addressing the subject 🙂

  • This is SO true. I well remember when I often felt “run over” by these types of intercessors. So often it seems these types of intercessors have been extolled & put on pedestals – to the detriment of us all.

    One very dear friend is a “warrior intercessor” – and years ago our friendship almost ended because she would unintentionally “run over” my quieter type prayers. One night in a prayer meeting I KNEW in my heart I had a clear prayer from the Lord – but she prayed right over the top of me – I just couldn’t break in without being rude or something. Then the meeting was closed before I had a chance to pray what the Lord put on my heart. It was deeply hurtful – but thankfully, we were able to talk about it – and she is more dear to me today than ever.

    I am sure others have been hurt as well.

  • I agree with what you said about it not being the length nor the loudness. What really matters is to hear and obey God. If all He gives you is a sentence, faithfully pray that and rest. God approves, God gives the increase, not man! Blessings.

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