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  • Jeffrey Sherrill

A Lesson in Prayer From Biblical Heroes

The following individuals are Bible characters, Old Testament and New Testament, who were all prayer intercessory warriors. They first prayed and then obeyed. This is the biblical order for Bible production.




























Think through the stories of some of these familiar Biblical heroes. Can you see, in each of their lives, the repeated pattern of prayer followed by obedience? God is looking for those of us who will likewise hold to this pattern. He is seeking those of us who will hold His agenda and His purpose in the Earth through intercessory prayer.

Below are some Scriptures that highlight characteristics of those that are committed in obedience to prayer. These characteristics are not the result of human endeavor, nor is their source from human strength. We know that our strength and our abilities come from God himself. Therefore, we do not assume anything to originate in our strength. We trust in Him in all things, first and foremost!


Hebrews 14:16: “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

Prayer warriors must approach the throne of God boldly.


Luke 2:37: “And then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying.”

Anna was at the synagogue praying day and night.


1 Kings 18:43-44: ““Go and look toward the sea,” he told his servant. And he went up and looked. ‘There is nothing there,’ he said. Seven times Elijah said, ‘Go back.’ The seventh time the servant reported, “A cloud as small as a man’s hand is rising from the sea.”

To be persistent mean to keep doing it over and over.


Mark 7:24-30: “Jesus left that place and went to the vicinity of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know it; yet he could not keep his presence secret. In fact, as soon as she heard about him, a woman whose little daughter was possessed by an impure spirit came and fell at his feet. The woman was a Greek, born in Syrian Phoenicia. She begged Jesus to drive the demon out of her daughter. ‘First let the children eat all they want,’ he told her, ‘for it is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.’

‘Lord, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.’ She replied. Then he told her, ‘For such a reply, you may go; the demon has left your daughter.’ She went home and found her child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.”

To persevere means to keep doing it even in difficulty.


Genesis 32:26:Then the man said, ‘Let me go, for it is daybreak.’ But Jacob replied, ‘I will not let you go unless you bless me.’”

To be determined means to not allow anyone or anything to stop you.

Strong Faith

Matthew 9:21: “She said to herself, ‘If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.’“ Jesus said you need faith for effective prayer.

It means that you simply believe in what the Bible says and act as if it is the reality of your particular situation.

Knowledge of the Word

1 John 3:22: “And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.”

This deals with the idea of knowing His Word, and then presenting His Word to the Lord in prayer, as well as living in obedience to it.

I know you are one of these. May the Lord bless you as you continue to pray and obey!

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