The Salvation Army Central Territory has launched the Adult Mission Advancement prayer initiative, 100 Days of Prayer. Beginning March 1, 2019 through June 8, 2019, we will be posting weekly readings and daily prayer topics. We believe in the power of prayer and that God answers prayer. Join us for updates, prayer requests, thoughts and helpful ways you can pray for one another and our Army.
March 22-28, 2019
UNITY IN CHRIST
My knowledge of jigsaw puzzles has come from observing “puzzlers” doing them. And I’ve noticed some parallels to the beloved body of Christ. Here are a few observations:
At the beginning, puzzlers consult the box top for necessary clues to putting the puzzle together. Few attempt to assemble it without looking at the complete picture throughout the process. Puzzlers know that differences matter. Each piece holds a very specific place. Try to force it into a space it was not designed for and it will not fit. Each person’s contribution also matters, whether you put in three or thirty pieces. There is a collective feeling of accomplishment when people, working together, complete it (1 Corinthians 12:12-27).
Unity in Christ is not uniformity, but the beautiful assembly of different parts functioning together as God intended. We must look continually to the ONE who created the design, for “God made everything with a place and purpose…” (Proverbs 16:4a, The Message)
Where does your piece fit in God’s grand design?
Daily Prayer Points:
Day 22 Pray for an appreciation for God’s creation
Day 23 Give us one focus and purpose
Day 24 Help us to work together for the mission
Day 25 Pray for the Body of Christ – everyone doing their part
Day 26 Help us to love one another with Christ love
Day 27 Help us to live in harmony with one another, resisting division
Day 28 Help us to die to self and learn to live Godly in Christ
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March 15-21, 2019
What do Nehemiah, Isaiah and William Booth have in common? Nehemiah, while cupbearer to a King heard about the great need of the remnant in Jerusalem and sought the Lord on their behalf and the Lord used him to answer those prayers. Isaiah sought the Lord in a time of grief and sorrow and in that seeking encountered the Lord, hearing those powerful words; “Who will go, whom shall we send?” and his response was to cry out, “here I am, send me!” William Booth, already immersed in effective ministry, prayerfully walked the streets of the East End of London, moved with compassion by the great poverty, depravity and hopelessness he witnessed, went home to tell Catherine that he had found his destiny.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning penned the words …
Earth’s crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
But only he who sees, takes off his shoes,
The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries
Should we sit back and wait for a calling that grips us and compels us to move out of our comfortable and predictable lives? Or can it be that we need to enter into seeking prayer, listen to what the Lord is saying, walk the troubled streets, witness the despair and hopelessness and boldly cry out to God. “Here I am send me!!” Take time in your daily life to look for evidence of God’s presence, recognize He is always calling, always speaking! Take off the preconceptions that keep you on your own path and hear Him … you may just find your destiny.
Daily Prayer Points:
Day 15 Is my heart prepared to listen and obey?
Day 16 Pray for courage to step out of the comfortable
Day 17 Am I will to say, “Here am I, send me!”
Day 18 Pray that you will be active in God’s mission
Day 19 Ask the Lord to show you His Presence
Day 20 Pray for opportunities to minister in your Corps and neighborhood
Day 21 Ask God to take away complacency and replace it with spiritual zeal
March 8-14, 2019
“Go and make disciples of all the nations… teaching them to obey everything I commanded you.” Matthew 28:19-20, NIV
For most believers (if they’re being fully honest), this last command from Jesus just prior to His return to Heaven to prepare an eternal place for his disciples, is extremely scary. I mean, who are we that others should listen to us, let alone follow our instruction? Even those who have been disciples of Jesus Christ for a while will get notions of not being worthy or qualified to “teach others everything that He has taught us.” What qualifies and prepares us to influence others for Him?
If we trust Jesus enough to accept Him as our Savior, are actively engaged in studying His Word corporately and individually, the *natural result is for us to love God above all, and love and care for others the way we love and care for ourselves. If we love ourselves enough to trust that we will live forever with Christ, it should then follow that we will love others enough to say and do what we can to teach and show them how to become His disciple as well. When we love and serve each other the way that Jesus Christ loves and serves the Church, it is extremely attractive to a world that is weary from fighting for first place, a world that always puts self above everything else. By our love, grace, forgiveness, challenging and strengthening of one another, God’s Spirit can draw them in. What makes this all so doable is that His command is to teach others what He has taught each of us individually, so it’s our own story, our own relationship with Him that we get to share with others.
* Please note that “natural,” in this case, means “as God designed and purposed.”
Daily Prayer Points:
Day 8 Thank God for inviting you to be a part of His design and purpose
Day 9 Thirst and hunger for studying His Word
Day 10 Ready yourself to teach others “all that He has taught us” with the Holy Spirit’s help
Day 11 Love, forgive, serve and extend grace to others
Day 12 Be a good steward of your resources (Time, Talent, Finances and Influence) for His purposes
Day 13 Thank Jesus for choosing you as His disciple
Day 14 Be a living testimony to God’s work in you
March 1-7, 2019
“Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, NIV
Never underestimate the power of prayer. As a believer, the only divine arsenal that can move God and release His promises in our lives is PRAYER. God is not moved by our personality, status, race or nationality, but by the relationship and time we spend with Him. Prayer fulfills this purpose.
Prayer is a communion with God, a bridge to building a relationship with Him. In essence, prayer has power. When we seek God’s face, we call upon the very Presence of God to intrude in our lives and situations. We give Him permission to act for His honor and glory. This is the foundation of every Christian endeavor. God’s desire is for us to know Him – and we Know Him through relationship and communication.
Be diligent this week in your prayer life. Come before the LORD, the Maker of Heaven and Earth – bring to Him your concerns, thoughts, worries, praises, anxious moments, and then watch and rejoice as God answers each concern with lovingkindness and grace.
Daily Prayer Points:
Day 1 Acknowledge God’s Power
Day 2 Practice giving thanks
Day 3 Recall God’s promises to you
Day 4 Give God permission to intrude in your life
Day 5 Ask the Lord to increase your desire to pray
Day 6 Listen to the Lord
Day 7 Acknowledge your relationship with God through prayer