Parents will oftentimes pray for their children. These kinds of prayers may include such mundane concerns as requesting divine help for the child to deal with a bully or other adverse situation in school, to such life changing occasions as finding a Christian spouse, raising godly offspring, or simply remaining faithful. Of course, not only parents seek to harness the power of prayer for their children; instead many times the faithful will band together to bring about a mutual friend's healing. Prayer chain sign-ups at local churches are becoming the norm, and Christian prayer warriors will commit their time and effort to pray for one another if there is illness, a pressing need, a request for encouragement, or simply to lift up another person before the Lord.
It is interesting to note that there are many different methods Christian prayer warriors use to get started:
Oftentimes together as a group or alone as part of a chain they will read a portion of scripture and meditate on its meaning.
Perhaps they will be struck by recognition that this scripture is exactly what is going on in their lives or in the lives of others.
Many times these prayers are done out loud with the understanding that not only God hears them, but so that one's own soul may be encouraged by them.
Christian prayer warriors may be found anywhere: in your local church, in your neighborhood, or even on the Internet! Did you know that you can join online prayer groups that commit to praying for requests that other posters leave? Some of these prayers are truly heartbreaking, and it will take a strong grounding in the word of God to be able to pray through so much pain, hurt, and hope as can be found in many of these prayer requests. You will online prayer requests that deal with serious illness, sometimes terminal, with request that may appear mundane in comparison but are nonetheless real, such as worries about taxes and offers on homes, and also general prayers for well-being for others, especially children.
Some websites will leave you to decide if and when to pray for someone who leaves a request, while others will ask you to sign up for a special time in a prayer chain to remember an event or a person before God. If you do decide to join an online group of prayer warriors, keep in mind that the prayers are a real need and that the folks who leave the request on these sites are real people who trust in your integrity. Do not commit to doing something that you then cannot keep! Additionally, keep in mind how important it is to have a consistent prayer life not only for others, but also for you!