God is calling His Army to prayer, urgent Holy Spirit - inspired, prevailing prayer
God is committed to a relationship with us. In fact, he longs to be in daily communication with every one of us. Our corporate and individual prayer lives must flow out of our loving relationship with the true Lord Jesus.
The Salvation war in which we currently find ourselves is palpably real, the conflict is intense and there has never been a greater need for revivalist prayer. Imagine the change that would take place if we were once again known to be an Army who achieves the greatest results from the place of persistent, influential, inspirational, prayer.
Can I ask what priority is given to the ministry of prayer in your corps or social centre? When do you pray while planning programmes, social justice ventures, divisional calendars or territorial initiatives? Who is praying? Are you waiting for God’s Holy Spirit to give guidance and direction?
Do we have merely good ideas or God’s ideas? Jesus tells us in John 3:6 “That which is born of the flesh is flesh and that which is born of the Spirit is Spirit”.
God’s Spirit is calling us, his people, to go beyond our present routines and current attempts to a new level of Holy Spirit-inspired prayer that is more specific, more urgent and includes salvation of the lost. We are a people who have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus (1 John 1:9) and called to be filled every day with holy fire (Acts 2:1-4).
Our motto “Blood and Fire” can only be authentically claimed as it is authentically lived out in our daily lives, so that, when we pray with love and the fire of God, he will visit our communities with the unmistakable mark of the passion of God’s love .
As we pray we see one another the way Jesus sees us, we retain a passion for the lost which Jesus had when he was on earth and maintains until the end of time, ‘To seek and save that which is lost’ ( Luke 19:10).
The Australian Southern Territory, for example, has set the following strategic objectives:
- Restore a culture of evangelism throughout the corps ministry that will increase the spiritual health of a growing number of members.
- Spread the influence of the Gospel through increased Salvation Army presence in the Territory.
- Increase the spiritual input and awareness within social service programmes to respond to holistic human needs (body, mind, soul).
This can occur as we pray and obey - hearing clearly, obeying boldly.
The soldiers’ covenant calls all soldiers to ‘be responsive to the Holy Spirit’s work and obedient to His leading in my life, growing in grace through worship, prayer, service and the reading of the Bible’.
Imagine if we prayed for and were obedient to God’s promptings on, for example, world evangelisation as we are commanded to do in Matthew 28:16-20.
Just imagine if we became people who are captivated by God’s Word – just imagine the revival that would come into our own homes, marriages, churches and lives.
We are called to be part of God’s answer not part of society’s problems. Jesus is calling his Army to step up in his name. If you believe, as I do, that God is calling us as an Army to deeper, richer prayer then actually do it now - for Jesus’ sake, for the Salvation of the lost and the maturing of the people of God.
I invite all responses to this call to prayer.
Major Marney Turner
Territorial Spiritual Life Development Secretary – Evangelism , 24-7 Prayer