While God desires all Christ Followers to communicate with him through regular prayer, the gift of Intercessory Prayer is a special endowment of the Holy Spirit that transforms the Christ Follower into a “Prayer Warrior” for the sake of other people and other ministries. The label “Prayer Warrior” is derived from the belief that the person gifted with Intercessory Prayer stands on the front lines of spiritual warfare. This gift is sadly overlooked in the Church because it is seldom utilized in public. However, without Prayer Warriors, many visible ministry accomplishments would probably not be successful.
Biblical examples and instruction regarding Intercessory Prayer includes Colossians 4:12-13. The narrative states… ”Epaphras….is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured”. Again in Colossians 1:9, “For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding....” In 1Timothy 2:1, the Apostle Paul states: “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone….”More about the Spiritual Gifts Test