“Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 2:3
Paul uses the term “soldier” in reference to those who have been called to follow Christ. And just like any other soldier, a Christian soldier is issued a weapon. To a soldier or marine, his weapon is very important.
The Marines actually have a creed concerning their rifle;
“This is my rifle. There are many like it, but this one is mine. My rifle is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life.My rifle, without me, is useless. Without my rifle, I am useless. I must fire my rifle true. I must shoot straighter than my enemy who is trying to kill me. I must shoot him before he shoots me. I will…
My rifle and myself know that what counts in this war is not the rounds we fire, the noise of our burst, nor the smoke we make. We know that it is the hits that count. We will hit…My rifle is human, even as I, because it is my life. Thus, I will learn it as a brother. I will learn its weaknesses, its strength, its parts, its accessories, its sights and its barrel. I will ever guard it against the ravages of weather and damage as I will ever guard my legs, my arms, my eyes and my heart against damage. I will keep my rifle clean and ready. We will become part of each other. We will…
Before God, I swear this creed. My rifle and myself are the defenders of my country. We are the masters of our enemy. We are the saviors of my life. So be it, until victory is America’s and there is no enemy, but peace!”
One of the most important weapons we are issued as Christians is the weapon of prayer. Christian Soldier Snipers are among the most feared soldiers in warfare. They are seldom seen and can cause complete disruption to the enemy’s plans.
Snipers are patient soldiers who excel in marksmanship and are experts at concealment. They use long-range rifles, usually equipped with silencers, so as not to draw attention to themselves. A good sniper does not waste bullets – every shot must hit its target.
God desires His Christian soldiers to be trained up as prayer-snipers – elite spiritual warriors, whose prayers always hit the mark and cause complete disruption to the enemy’s (Satan’s) plans. We rarely know who the prayer-snipers are. These Christians are experts at concealment and bring little attention to themselves. They know the spiritual terrain and do not waste time on unnecessary prayers. They know God’s will and pray accordingly. They have the ability to focus on a prayer-target without being distracted, and their every prayer hits the mark.
Though we may not know who the prayer-snipers are now, we will certainly know them in Heaven – they’ll be the ones with all the medals and awards.
“But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” Matthew 6:6
How’s your prayer life?