Picture God's people united in prayer, where one hour isn't enough in the prayer room and there is a desire for more, where children and youth are crying out for justice, where people are committing themselves for a day, month, year or more of non-stop prayer and intentionally giving voice to the issues that are on their hearts, where faith is increasing and prayers are being answered. This beautiful imagery is happening in The Salvation Army. It is a reality.
Since the 1st January 2011, more than 180 Salvation Army Corps, Social Centres, Divisional, Territorial and National Headquarters, Officers, Soldiers and friends spread over 41 Territories (Commands and Regions) have been united in intercession as part of theGlobal Call to 24/7 Prayer - A Day and Night Cry for Justice. The Centre for Spiritual Life Development is overseeing the coordination of the Global Call which seeks to bring together The Salvation Army worldwide through a united prayer focus for justice for the oppressed. The call comes from the parable of the persistent widow in Luke 18:7-8, where Jesus said:
"And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones who cry out to him day and night? I tell you, he will see that they get justice and quickly!"
Further information is available at www.saglobal247.org. Get involved by reading the Call in full and downloading the 24/7 Prayer brochure and the monthly prayer focus written on a justice related theme by the Director of the International Social Justice Commission, Commissioner Christine MacMillan. Cast the vision to those around you and register your participation on the website.
News items on the website show the impact of the Global Call in places as varied as Canada, the United Kingdom, Brazil and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The worldwide nature of the call is also shown through the calender, which explains day-by-day when territories, commands or regions have signed-up to pray.
Another aspect of the Global Call is the integration of prayer, justice and the arts. Crying out for deliverance from oppression through songs is part of Scripture and the history of the Church. This is why the Salvation Army website www.saytunes.com (USW), in partnership with the Social Justice and Creative Arts Departments of The Salvation Army Australia Southern Territory are supporting the Global Call to 24-7 Prayer and have launched a Songs of Justice section on their website with Salvationist composers contributing monthly.
Another artistic project, Just Arts, is underway to be linked to the 24/7 Prayer website where Salvationists worldwide will be able to contribute and have access to musical compositions, paintings, photographs, poems and other forms of creative writing related to prayer and justice. These can be visualized on-line or be available as resources.
A renewal of prayer is happening in our day! Find out how to be part of it!