After closely four decades in ministry as a lay leader, pastor, missionary, and teacher, I have come to this one conclusion about who makes the most impact on society for the Kingdom of God: Intercessors. They are the true world changers. Hands down! They comprise the faithful few who truly leave an indelible mark on history despite their behind the scenes work. Yes, most of them operate in hiddenness. They despise the limelight. The true ones live for God's future praise, not the immediate applause of men.
Please understand, I am not dissing other ministries like teaching, preaching, serving, and other gifts of the Holy Spirit. I just believe God centered prayer warriors fight in the arena that unleashes the most impact on earth. Paul stated in Ephesians 6:12, "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places."
He then goes onto talk about wearing the full armor of God, which includes praying to combat our real foes that thwart us in the natural, physical world. Praying goes after the source rather than the unimportant front men. It goes after the root rather than the fruit. It goes after the spiritual power brokers behind the scenes.
Daniel 10:10-21 reveals the hidden spiritual battle that occurs over nations between the forces of good and evil. It gives us a glimpse into the real conflict. Daniel persevered in prayer for over 21 days and finally a high ranking angel, I presume Gabriel, came and gave a message to him after fighting with the principality over Persia with the help of the angel, Michael.
This powerful prayer warrior worked in tandem with the arch angels of heaven to bring about this powerful prophecy about the end times and the people of God that still resonates today. It still impacts us today. It still changes lives today. Daniel's faithfulness in prayer brought about Kingdom advancement. In truth, this real life scenario gives us the life and death struggle that must happen over many nations of the world, over many cities of the world, and over many families in the world, including yours. However, only intercessors partnering with angels birth kingdom success in these arenas of life. Prayer changes history. It changes the world.
Therefore, next time you go into your private place to pray (bathroom, garage, bedroom, park bench, etc...), realize you are participating in a world changing venture. You are on the front lines of battle. You are wielding a hidden sword that effectively cuts through the enemy's works here on earth. You are the true world changer that will get a true reward from God. Matthew 6:6 states, "But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you."