A Christ-Awakening Prayer Guide: Heroes and Champions of Faith
The church needs heroes today. Heroes of the faith who are willing to risk their own lives to rescue the perishing at all cost. Every generation needs heroes—men and women—we can look up to and emulate. The Bible is filled with stories of heroic believers who obeyed God and did mighty exploits in difficult situations. We are told to consider their faith and imitate their manner of life. The writer of Hebrews makes several references to those who should be imitated:
"We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised "(Hebrews 6:12).
"Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith" (Hebrews 13:7).
"Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter (or finisher) of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart" (Hebrews 12:2–3).
Not finding positive heroes to imitate, many of our young people today have sadly latched onto negative heroes. They emulate perverse rock stars, gang leaders, television stars, athletes, and the list goes on. Many destructive role models have been substituted for the true heroes our generation so desperately needs. Just as the Bible points to heroes of the faith whose example we should follow, it also gives many warnings about imitating the ways of evildoers:
"Do not be misled: 'Bad company corrupts good character'” (1 Corinthians 15:33).
“Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God" (3 John. 1:11).
"Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked (ungodly) or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night" (Psalm 1:1–2).
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus and, like the heroes and champions of the faith who have gone before us, provide a living example to the next generation of how to run a godly race and finish well!
- Ask God to shift our culture for good as He raises up men and women who will walk in the spirit of the sovereign Lord, anointed to preach good news to the poor, bind up the brokenhearted, proclaim freedom for captives, and be instruments of hope for the release of prisoners from darkness (Isaiah 61).
- Pray that you and your family will be ambassadors for Christ as you exemplify His love through your example of loving relationships in marriage, family, and the community of faith.
- Pray for Christians in your neighborhood. Begin prayer walking your streets, and invite other Christ followers to join you. Watch to see where God is working in lives and begin to join Him.
- Ask God to give godly leaders in our local, state, and national government, marketplace, and media. Praise Him that as His purity invades these high places, it will impact our culture. Thank God that their influence as Jesus followers will permeate every arena of our society.
Published by the Awakening America Alliance