Warring in Prayer With Pastor Roosevelt Ethridge

Warring in Prayer With Pastor Roosevelt Ethridge

What does it mean to be a "prayer warrior"? Roosevelt Ethridge, pastor of Living Word Ministries International, shares the essentials for growth in prayer from his Creation House book, The Making of a Prayer Warrior. Consider how to use the Scriptures in your prayer life and how to battle demonic activity. Learn, too, about how men and women approach prayer.

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Episode Notes

Charisma Connection

With Chris Johnson

Guest: Pastor Roosevelt Ethridge

What does it mean to be a “prayer warrior?” Roosevelt Ethridge, pastor of Living Word Ministries International, shares the essentials for growth in prayer from his Creation House book, The Making of a Prayer Warrior. Consider how to use the Scriptures in your prayer life and how to battle demonic activity.

Learn, too, about how men and women approach prayer.

Introduction

Chris Johnson: This is Charisma Connection. I'm Chris Johnson and today I'm speaking with Pastor Roosevelt Ethridge. Pastor Ethridge has written a book published by Creation House called The Making of a Prayer Warrior: Essentials for Growth in Prayer. This is something that all Christians need, so I think we have a few things to talk about, Pastor Etheridge. Welcome to Charisma Connection. I'm going to call you Pastor, since that's what everybody calls you.

I understand you live in Wilson, North Carolina. You're a native of that town and you are an ordained elder and pastor of Living Word Ministries International. You serve as an overseer of intersecting ministries, and you minister a lot in the Philippines. I think you go to Italy as well. Is that right?

 

·         Read Pastor Ethridge’s blog

 

Pastor Roosevelt Ethridge: That is correct. At this juncture, I actually serve six countries plus the United States, in seven different languages. The Philippines and Italy are a part of those part of those countries that we serve. I have about 60 days cumulative time in three different countries. So that's a lot of time invested. This year I am on the highway a lot, just evangelizing the gospel of Jesus Christ.

 

Pre-Order Pastor Ethridge’s Books

·         You Don’t Want a Boaz

·         Navigating from a Broken Place

 

Chris Johnson: Excellent. I hope you like to travel. You had some time and you were able to write a short book here for Creation House one called, as I mentioned, The Making of a Prayer Warrior. It teaches on a very powerful subject, a life of prayer. The term prayer warrior is not really in the scriptures. But of course, a lot of Christian-type terms are not in the scriptures. But the concept certainly is. Could you explain what a prayer warrior actually is?

Pastor Roosevelt Ethridge: In my definition of a prayer warrior, I believe that this is someone that has endured a test of time, not the test of time. Because the test of time will be the end of life. This person can be an individual of an aid. Definitely not an adolescent, but definitely having some age to their life where they've been able to persevere through various life discourses, and come out of those discourses with Jesus being their revelation and their truth and God being their identification marker. There are examples in the Bible like Daniel, being of young age, but being devoted to prayer and communion with the Father. We could see the journey of prayer and the development of prayer through the life of David. Prayer is something that I believe all believers need to embrace in their life. To be a prayer warrior means that you're not only just praying on your own accord or your own behalf, but you have now gained the maturity where Paul talks about the gift of faith. This faith that you possess, that you now have a durability and an endurance to be able to pray with others or communities or cities or countries in the face of adversity and challenge, believing God our Father, and the Almighty, believing that he would not only be a promise keeper to his word, but he also would manifest His presence in any situation against any odds. The Bible talks about that when we believe in Him that He would be so kind to hear us. So, I believe a prayer warrior will have some of these attributes and it's not based on what he or she may wear, based on how long their prayer is, but I believe it is really centered around the content of their heart and the stability of their faith in Jesus Christ.

Chris Johnson: Certainly, each believer is to engage in spiritual battle. So, being a prayer warrior lines up with that. Aside from Jesus and others in the Scripture, like the Apostle Paul, have you had a great model of a prayer warrior in your life?

Pastor Roosevelt Ethridge: Actually, this book was dedicated to my father, who passed in 1995. He was an exemplary model of being a prayer warrior. He had balance in the earth, understanding the world’s problems and had charisma at the church. But he had a commitment with his heart and his mind and his body and his soul, and his love and affection towards Jesus Christ. As I aged, I found myself being more like Him, just really consumed by a walk of prayer, a life of prayer, a talk of prayer and a stance of prayer. He was very instrumental, and he also influenced me greatly in just having that commitment. Beyond him, I've come into so many people around the world that have played various parts, various roles in my life that have been instrumental in demonstrating what a prayer warrior does. One of the examples that come to mind is when I was going through life's challenges, I had a few mothers that came to me and they saw the good in me when I was battling depression or battling loneliness. My self-worth really wasn't valued very highly in my mind. They saw beyond all of that and they said we're going to pray for you and we're going to pray with you. Through the time they kept their commitment to prayer consistent, and that impacted my life and and also transformed my life as well.

Chris Johnson: That makes a real difference when we have people come alongside and support us in that way. How do the scriptures come into play as we go to battle in prayer?

Pastor Roosevelt Ethridge: The Scriptures are very important because the Scriptures operate in three dimensions. Number one, when I use Scripture it reminds me of when the disciples are instructed about the Lord's Prayer. When we first acknowledge God, when we use scriptures, it first it aligns our prayer up to who we are talking to. It identifies that we're talking to God the Father. Of the two scriptures, it also it reignites and reaffirms our faith simultaneously because the Bible talks about faith cometh only by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. And number three, what the Scriptures do, they also give us ammunition against the enemy. And that enemy would be powers of darkness, it would be powers of evil and wickedness. What it does is that it causes us to remain solid in the Lord. So, we're not looking through our eyes, our physical eyes to identify if God is manifesting His word, manifesting his promises. His promises are hidden in our heart just like he said in His Word … Your Word have I hidden in my heart so you might not sin against You. When we're praying His Word, these three things are being reiterated, demonstrated and displayed, honestly. I believe that when we just don't pray prayers of repetition, as Scripture says it, what happens is that we are moved by the Spirit of Christ. When we don't know what to pray for, I love how scripture echoes saying that the Holy Spirit that lives on the inside of you and I and everyone else, it makes intercession for us. And I think that is highly important.

Chris Johnson: That all comes into play when we have to battle demonic activity in our lives, too, doesn't it? Do you have any examples of that?

Pastor Roosevelt Ethridge: Amen. Yes, I have many, many examples of that. What I want to do is give three examples in three different capacities, definitely for those that are listening, because spiritual warfare is not something that just battles the mind of a person; the spiritual warfare is elusive. They're really demonstrations of spiritual warfare and sometimes we negate the fact that we're in a spiritual battle. Spiritual battles can be ushered through sicknesses, they can be assured through finances, job loss, they can be ushered in through family chaos and so forth. I am the product of a divorce. I am a single father. My son is now 21. One of the spiritual battles that I found myself in, being a single father … the reason my son was … he got to an age where the fight between he and I was the fight to love him as a father. I knew it was a spiritual battle because my son was being a teenager, like, like everyone else's teenager, but he was still bitter and angry at the fact that he's now the result of a divorce and he has a single-parent home. There were things that he was angry about. He wanted to make me feel guilty for his life as he felt being in shambles. There were there were times where he just really felt down and, what the enemy wanted to do with that situation, he wanted me to take it all personally. He wanted me to take it so personal that I would just become offended by my son.

I had to get to a place to understand that prayer helped me to understand that he had to go through a process and I didn't have to stop loving him. But prayer taught me how to love him through a process to where I wouldn't lose my love as a father for him.

Chris Johnson: Excellent. And there's a lot of people who can relate to that one, I'm sure.

Pastor Roosevelt Ethridge: It’s the 21st century and things are happening with our millennials. Oh, my lord, spiritual warfare and doing ministry. Every time you are committed to God, whether it's ministry, business, community efforts, transition … you hear God tell you to move to this city or this state because that's what He wants for you to do. I always tell people in training is that the moment you commit to God, the very second that you commit to God in your heart, the war begins, and the enemy will create hardship challenges, unexpected things will occur. I mean these things will happen. Sometimes, for some people, it would be like wildfire had just broken out in our lives. And the enemy uses that to ultimately discourage them and deter them for what they heard God speak to them. He will create these adversities so that the individual cannot see the advantage. And with engaging in prayer, prayer becomes like night vision or X-ray vision. It gives us the ability to see beyond the enemy lines so that we can recommit ourselves to the will and the promise of God for our lives. And lastly, it could be with education, life can happen. There are some that will listen to this podcast today where God told them to go to school. Everybody that God told to go school will not go to seminary. But God maybe had been instructing them to get some certification in an area or get some additional education for what he wants to implement through them. And the moment that they committed in their heart that they want to go to school, they end up with a sickness or they ended up with some debt they needed to resolve or their children needed more attention, or their marriage needed more attention. Now, they have the burden and the call of God to go to the institution, but now they feel like time is against them. The enemy can war against that. Out of Scripture, the Bible talks about how God can release the blessing from the heavens. And it’s not that God didn't answer our prayer, but the evil angels, the demonic angels will hold up the blessing because now they are warring with our angels that should release our blessing. What prayer does, it helps to fashion us in a place to where we can be in tune with what God says. We can continue you to speak those things that be not as though they are. These are just various attributes of spiritual warfare.

 

 

 

Connect with Pastor Ethridge

·         At reglobal.wordpress.com

·         On Facebook

·         On Twitter

 

 

Episode Notes

Charisma Connection

With Chris Johnson

Guest: Pastor Roosevelt Ethridge

What does it mean to be a “prayer warrior?” Roosevelt Ethridge, pastor of Living Word Ministries International, shares the essentials for growth in prayer from his Creation House book, The Making of a Prayer Warrior. Consider how to use the Scriptures in your prayer life and how to battle demonic activity.

Learn, too, about how men and women approach prayer.

Introduction

Chris Johnson: This is Charisma Connection. I'm Chris Johnson and today I'm speaking with Pastor Roosevelt Ethridge. Pastor Ethridge has written a book published by Creation House called The Making of a Prayer Warrior: Essentials for Growth in Prayer. This is something that all Christians need, so I think we have a few things to talk about, Pastor Etheridge. Welcome to Charisma Connection. I'm going to call you Pastor, since that's what everybody calls you.

I understand you live in Wilson, North Carolina. You're a native of that town and you are an ordained elder and pastor of Living Word Ministries International. You serve as an overseer of intersecting ministries, and you minister a lot in the Philippines. I think you go to Italy as well. Is that right?

 

·         Read Pastor Ethridge’s blog

 

Pastor Roosevelt Ethridge: That is correct. At this juncture, I actually serve six countries plus the United States, in seven different languages. The Philippines and Italy are a part of those part of those countries that we serve. I have about 60 days cumulative time in three different countries. So that's a lot of time invested. This year I am on the highway a lot, just evangelizing the gospel of Jesus Christ.

 

Pre-Order Pastor Ethridge’s Books

·         You Don’t Want a Boaz

·         Navigating from a Broken Place

 

Chris Johnson: Excellent. I hope you like to travel. You had some time and you were able to write a short book here for Creation House one called, as I mentioned, The Making of a Prayer Warrior. It teaches on a very powerful subject, a life of prayer. The term prayer warrior is not really in the scriptures. But of course, a lot of Christian-type terms are not in the scriptures. But the concept certainly is. Could you explain what a prayer warrior actually is?

Pastor Roosevelt Ethridge: In my definition of a prayer warrior, I believe that this is someone that has endured a test of time, not the test of time. Because the test of time will be the end of life. This person can be an individual of an aid. Definitely not an adolescent, but definitely having some age to their life where they've been able to persevere through various life discourses, and come out of those discourses with Jesus being their revelation and their truth and God being their identification marker. There are examples in the Bible like Daniel, being of young age, but being devoted to prayer and communion with the Father. We could see the journey of prayer and the development of prayer through the life of David. Prayer is something that I believe all believers need to embrace in their life. To be a prayer warrior means that you're not only just praying on your own accord or your own behalf, but you have now gained the maturity where Paul talks about the gift of faith. This faith that you possess, that you now have a durability and an endurance to be able to pray with others or communities or cities or countries in the face of adversity and challenge, believing God our Father, and the Almighty, believing that he would not only be a promise keeper to his word, but he also would manifest His presence in any situation against any odds. The Bible talks about that when we believe in Him that He would be so kind to hear us. So, I believe a prayer warrior will have some of these attributes and it's not based on what he or she may wear, based on how long their prayer is, but I believe it is really centered around the content of their heart and the stability of their faith in Jesus Christ.

Chris Johnson: Certainly, each believer is to engage in spiritual battle. So, being a prayer warrior lines up with that. Aside from Jesus and others in the Scripture, like the Apostle Paul, have you had a great model of a prayer warrior in your life?

Pastor Roosevelt Ethridge: Actually, this book was dedicated to my father, who passed in 1995. He was an exemplary model of being a prayer warrior. He had balance in the earth, understanding the world’s problems and had charisma at the church. But he had a commitment with his heart and his mind and his body and his soul, and his love and affection towards Jesus Christ. As I aged, I found myself being more like Him, just really consumed by a walk of prayer, a life of prayer, a talk of prayer and a stance of prayer. He was very instrumental, and he also influenced me greatly in just having that commitment. Beyond him, I've come into so many people around the world that have played various parts, various roles in my life that have been instrumental in demonstrating what a prayer warrior does. One of the examples that come to mind is when I was going through life's challenges, I had a few mothers that came to me and they saw the good in me when I was battling depression or battling loneliness. My self-worth really wasn't valued very highly in my mind. They saw beyond all of that and they said we're going to pray for you and we're going to pray with you. Through the time they kept their commitment to prayer consistent, and that impacted my life and and also transformed my life as well.

Chris Johnson: That makes a real difference when we have people come alongside and support us in that way. How do the scriptures come into play as we go to battle in prayer?

Pastor Roosevelt Ethridge: The Scriptures are very important because the Scriptures operate in three dimensions. Number one, when I use Scripture it reminds me of when the disciples are instructed about the Lord's Prayer. When we first acknowledge God, when we use scriptures, it first it aligns our prayer up to who we are talking to. It identifies that we're talking to God the Father. Of the two scriptures, it also it reignites and reaffirms our faith simultaneously because the Bible talks about faith cometh only by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. And number three, what the Scriptures do, they also give us ammunition against the enemy. And that enemy would be powers of darkness, it would be powers of evil and wickedness. What it does is that it causes us to remain solid in the Lord. So, we're not looking through our eyes, our physical eyes to identify if God is manifesting His word, manifesting his promises. His promises are hidden in our heart just like he said in His Word … Your Word have I hidden in my heart so you might not sin against You. When we're praying His Word, these three things are being reiterated, demonstrated and displayed, honestly. I believe that when we just don't pray prayers of repetition, as Scripture says it, what happens is that we are moved by the Spirit of Christ. When we don't know what to pray for, I love how scripture echoes saying that the Holy Spirit that lives on the inside of you and I and everyone else, it makes intercession for us. And I think that is highly important.

Chris Johnson: That all comes into play when we have to battle demonic activity in our lives, too, doesn't it? Do you have any examples of that?

Pastor Roosevelt Ethridge: Amen. Yes, I have many, many examples of that. What I want to do is give three examples in three different capacities, definitely for those that are listening, because spiritual warfare is not something that just battles the mind of a person; the spiritual warfare is elusive. They're really demonstrations of spiritual warfare and sometimes we negate the fact that we're in a spiritual battle. Spiritual battles can be ushered through sicknesses, they can be assured through finances, job loss, they can be ushered in through family chaos and so forth. I am the product of a divorce. I am a single father. My son is now 21. One of the spiritual battles that I found myself in, being a single father … the reason my son was … he got to an age where the fight between he and I was the fight to love him as a father. I knew it was a spiritual battle because my son was being a teenager, like, like everyone else's teenager, but he was still bitter and angry at the fact that he's now the result of a divorce and he has a single-parent home. There were things that he was angry about. He wanted to make me feel guilty for his life as he felt being in shambles. There were there were times where he just really felt down and, what the enemy wanted to do with that situation, he wanted me to take it all personally. He wanted me to take it so personal that I would just become offended by my son.

I had to get to a place to understand that prayer helped me to understand that he had to go through a process and I didn't have to stop loving him. But prayer taught me how to love him through a process to where I wouldn't lose my love as a father for him.

Chris Johnson: Excellent. And there's a lot of people who can relate to that one, I'm sure.

Pastor Roosevelt Ethridge: It’s the 21st century and things are happening with our millennials. Oh, my lord, spiritual warfare and doing ministry. Every time you are committed to God, whether it's ministry, business, community efforts, transition … you hear God tell you to move to this city or this state because that's what He wants for you to do. I always tell people in training is that the moment you commit to God, the very second that you commit to God in your heart, the war begins, and the enemy will create hardship challenges, unexpected things will occur. I mean these things will happen. Sometimes, for some people, it would be like wildfire had just broken out in our lives. And the enemy uses that to ultimately discourage them and deter them for what they heard God speak to them. He will create these adversities so that the individual cannot see the advantage. And with engaging in prayer, prayer becomes like night vision or X-ray vision. It gives us the ability to see beyond the enemy lines so that we can recommit ourselves to the will and the promise of God for our lives. And lastly, it could be with education, life can happen. There are some that will listen to this podcast today where God told them to go to school. Everybody that God told to go school will not go to seminary. But God maybe had been instructing them to get some certification in an area or get some additional education for what he wants to implement through them. And the moment that they committed in their heart that they want to go to school, they end up with a sickness or they ended up with some debt they needed to resolve or their children needed more attention, or their marriage needed more attention. Now, they have the burden and the call of God to go to the institution, but now they feel like time is against them. The enemy can war against that. Out of Scripture, the Bible talks about how God can release the blessing from the heavens. And it’s not that God didn't answer our prayer, but the evil angels, the demonic angels will hold up the blessing because now they are warring with our angels that should release our blessing. What prayer does, it helps to fashion us in a place to where we can be in tune with what God says. We can continue you to speak those things that be not as though they are. These are just various attributes of spiritual warfare.

 

 

 

Connect with Pastor Ethridge

·         At reglobal.wordpress.com

·         On Facebook

·         On Twitter

 

 

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