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.

May 17-23, 2019

LIVING OUT HOLINESS

“For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. Therefore, he who rejects this instruction does not reject man but God, who gives you his Holy Spirit.” 1 Thessalonians 4:7-8, NIV

The words of Scripture are not words of advice. Through his Word, God has revealed to us how he expects us to live. These words ought to be welcome by us. We are wanderers lost in a dark forest and God has placed before us the map that will direct our way home. And yet we frequently treat the Bible as a book of suggestions or antiquated ideas rather than life giving revelation from God.

When God says, You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy (Leviticus 19:2), he is not speaking to the religious elite or to the Jews only. He is speaking to us. God has not called us to live impure lives but to walk in holiness, to be holy as he is holy.

We must not disregard the words of God as given to us through other people. The preacher or teacher who tells you to be holy, the parent who tells you to avoid sin, the book that tells you to obey God – these are not agents working against you but are beacons of the light of truth, shining that light into your life. If you disregard such words it is not the messenger you ignore, it is the author. You disregard not man, you disregard God.

As you move throughout your day today, what events will try to sabotage your holiness? What temptations will be present? What traps will be in your way? Spot them and avoid them. Take seriously this word that God has called us to holiness. Be obedient to Christ and be holy as he who called you is holy (1 Peter 1:15).

Daily Prayer Points:

Day 78   What thoughts or actions are sabotaging my Holiness?

Day 79   Be a doer of the Word

Day 80   Pray for a truly repentant heart and mind

Day 81   Pray about the stumbling blocks that you will encounter today

Day 82   Practice a lifestyle of conversation with God

Day 83   Pray for a heart like Christ

Day 84   Pray that your eyes will be open to the traps that entangle

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May 10-16, 2019

I AM A CHURCH MEMBER

Does the Word of God speak to church membership? Yes it does! Church membership is the shape of Christian discipleship. It is the bride of Christ. The church is the only plan of God to reach the world and it is the only organization that will last forever!

Participating in God’s plan for redemption involves far more than believing; it involves belonging.  Only as we belong to Christ’s Body can we become what He intends us to be. We cannot grow spiritually on our own – we need to be connected to the Body. It’s more than belonging, it’s a way of committing to the work God is doing in us and through us as a community of believers.

As church members, we have the privilege to unite with the body of Christ in making eternal differences through our gifts. It is an honor, joy and privilege to be in community where there is fellowship, edifying, encouragement and worship.

Daily Prayer Points:

Day 71   Pray for your local church

Day 72   Pray that you will be a functioning member

Day 73   Pray that you bring unity to your church

Day 74   Pray that you will model servanthood in your church

Day 75   Pray for your church leaders

Day 76   Pray that your family contributes as healthy church members

Day 77   Pray that you will treasure your church and membership as a precious gift

                                                                                                                                     

May 3-9, 2019

Leadership Development

Imagine a worldwide church where every leader is mentoring younger leaders, where leadership is both Christ-like and contextual, where leaders partner together across boundaries, where millions of future leaders are emerging—bringing the whole gospel to the whole world. Where would it lead? What would happen? This vision would be a galactic explosion—rather than our simple fireworks.

What will it take?

We have a desperate need for Godly leaders…to teach, preach, love, lead and come alongside those on their journey. Individuals who are called by God to be used in their local setting to minister to God’s people. It’s critical that we take the time to recognize those whom God is calling out and begin to train and teach them to step up and assist in the spiritual development of their community. There is no end to what God can do with men and women, young and old who work together, shoulder to shoulder for God’s Kingdom.

Daily Prayer Points:

Day 64   Pray for leaders

Day 65   Pray for someone to train and mentor

Day 66   Pray that you are intentional in developing leaders

Day 67   Pray for boldness and courage

Day 68   Pray for opportunities to use your gifts and abilities

Day 69   Pray for your own leadership opportunities

Day 70   Pray for openness to those around you and their potential

                                                                                                                                     

April 26-May 2, 2019

LIFESTYLE EVANGELISM

“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” 1 Peter 3:15, NIV

Some people tend to live their lives like a magazine or newspaper—neatly categorized under specific headings like sports, cooking, world news, and religion. Rarely does one part of their lives intersect with other parts as they live in relationship with the world around them.

Lifestyle evangelism calls Christians to live an attractive, holy life that captures the attention of neighbors and coworkers to earn a chance to share the gospel.

Lifestyle evangelism combines proclaiming Jesus with living a life that shows others the difference Jesus makes. In essence, the apostle Peter says, “Be prepared to live your life for all to see, ready to tell anyone at any time about how Christ makes a difference in your life.”

True lifestyle evangelism requires telling the Good News in the context of personal relationship through actions and words.

Daily Prayer Points:

Day 57   Thank God for His work in your life

Day 58   Ask the Holy Spirit to connect you with the lost in your “sphere of influence”

Day 59   Ask for boldness to speak Good News

Day 60   Live your life with integrity

Day 61   Invite the Holy Spirit to lead everyday conversations into spiritual ones

Day 62   Let your actions speak as loud as your words

Day 63   Rejoice in the witnessing opportunities God gives you each day

                                                                                                                                     

April 19-25, 2019

YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

Scripture:  Matthew 18:1-5

A new girl walks into the corps building on youth night. Shy and self-conscious, she sits alone. Used to the wrong sort of attention, she tries to make herself invisible.  But a sweet and kind lady approaches and stoops to look her in the eye. She introduces herself as Captain and says she is happy to see a new face. Later, when the group plays a game, Captain chooses the new girl first. At snack time, Captain asks her to be a helper. The new girl decides this is a very good day and she will come back on Sunday. Unbeknownst to the Captain, this new girl will grow up to be a pioneer in the area of youth asset development.

The Search Institute has studied Developmental Assets in the lives of millions of young people, and consistently shows that youth from all backgrounds do better when they have a strong foundation of these strengths in their lives. They have identified 40 different assets which, when present:

  • Provide support, opportunities, and relationships youth need across all aspects of their lives (called “external assets”).
  • Increase personal skills, self-actualizations, and values needed (called “internal assets”) to make good choices, take responsibility for their own lives, and become independent and fulfilled adults.

The more of these 40 assets a young person has, the more likely he or she is:

  • To thrive, now and in the future.
  • To stay off drugs and out of trouble.
  • To be resilient in the face of challenges.

While not everyone in the corps can be an officer or youth leader, everyone in the corps can become an asset builder. To download a complete list of the 40 developmental assets, log on to:  http://page.search-institute.org/40-developmental-assets

Daily Prayer Points:

Day 50   Pray for the young people around you

Day 51   Ask the Lord for wisdom, compassion and grace

Day 52   Pray for an open and receptive spirit to all ages

Day 53   Pray for opportunities to teach skills

Day 54   Pray that the Lord uses you as a mentor

Day 55   Pray for ways to include young people in church ministry

Day 56   Ask God to cause you to be an encourager

                                                                                                                                     

April 12-18, 2019

Mission-Focused Ministry

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.  He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from the darkness for the prisoners.” Isaiah 61:1, NIV

 One of the most well-known verses in the Bible is John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world…”  Through His death and resurrection, Jesus showed humanity that God’s love is for everyone, and we need to proclaim it!

“The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ AND to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.”

Everything we do should hinge on “preaching and reaching” through our words and actions to the whosoever.

Daily Prayer Points:

Day 43   Thank God for His love and compassion

Day 44   How can my actions impact my neighborhood?

Day 45   Who needs to see Jesus in me?

Day 46   Speak up for someone else who cannot

Day 47   Show someone compassion

Day 48   Start a friendship with someone who looks, speaks, lives differently from you

Day 49   Ask God to show you new ways to reach out to our neighbors

                                                                                                                                     

April 5-11, 2019

SOLDIER DEVELOPMENT

So, my son, throw yourself into this work for Christ. Pass on what you heard from me—the whole congregation saying Amen!—to reliable leaders who are competent to teach others.” 2 Timothy 2:1-2, The Message

Can you think of at least one leader who stands out as highly competent and worth following?  It’s likely that you can also think of at least one leader who struggles, and often fails at even the remote appearance of being qualified to lead.  In truth, there are some of us who judge ourselves to be this second leader.  How does one even become “a competent leader”?  Is it a spiritual gift?  Or can any of us work to become the types of leaders to which the whole congregation says, “Amen!”?

The apostle Saul/Paul challenges and encourages young Timothy to give everything he has to living a life, in both word and deed, which encourages others to heed Christ’s message and commission.  He likens the teacher’s and leader’s focus on mission and purpose to that of a soldier faithfully fulfilling a duty; fruitful growth to a diligent and disciplined farmer; and incompetence to an athlete who likes to cheat.

If we are to grow as soldiers of the faith and Disciples of Christ, we must commit our whole selves to His work and purpose.  We are to seek out the methods and means to develop our faith, to deepen our passion for His Word and way.  We are challenged to become the “Amen!” leaders of our homes and congregations.  This means that we don’t and won’t make excuses for lack of growth.  We will not shift blame or point fingers.  In fact, we embrace the idea that “God and I are responsible for my spiritual growth and development.”  Come on!  Let’s do this! Let’s grow!

Daily Prayer Points:

Day 36    Be God’s hands, feet, and voice today

Day 37    Grow in your desire and need for studying His Word

Day 38    Be ready for each opportunity He provides to teach others

Day 39    Love God by loving, forgiving, extending grace to and serving others

Day 40    Use your resources (Time, Talent, Finances, and Influence) for His purposes

Day 41    Don’t give up when you fail

Day 42    Be “Amen!” leaders and teachers of others

                                                                                                                                     

March 29-April 4, 2019

URBAN MINISTRIES

[Read Isaiah 65:17-25]

More people live in urban locations now than at any other time in human history, and are projected to continue to grow. Ministry, urban or otherwise must be holistic. Brenda Salter McNeil, in her book Roadmap to Reconciliation, writes:

“It’s time for the followers of Jesus to embark on the prophetic journey that leads to reconciliation and transformation around the world. Many of us may already be aware of the need for reconciliation in our own backyard. We understand the realities playing out in our own neighborhood, our schools, workplace, political system and culture at large. But a lot of us don’t recognize the prophetic role we can play both at home and abroad. We aren’t yet fully aware of injustices and inequality in our communities, and this understanding and awareness is absolutely essential if we are to be God’s agents of reconciliation. We cannot ignore the plight of the people around us, and as globalization continues its relentless march onward, we cannot turn a blind eye to the world beyond our national borders either. We have to face the realities here at home, and we must also embrace the stories of people all around the world” (p 15).

Isaiah 65 pictures God’s plan for all people and His creation, His earth – not just for some. It speaks to us as his followers, his friends and what our part is in his Kingdom.

Daily Prayer Points:

Day 29   Reconciliation with family members (both at home and at the corps)

Day 30   Reconciliation with your neighbor

Day 31   Recognize and address practices of injustice in your work place, school, neighborhood, and city/town

Day 32   Allow the Holy Spirit to guide you in diverse friendships

Day 33  Seek ways your corps can promote reconciliation in unfair practices of housing, employment, economic development

Day 34   Pray that in all you do – you do in joy!

Day 35   Pray that God will inhabit cities in every home, every park, every block, and every person

                                                                                                                                     

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

                                                                                                                                     

March 15-21, 2019

CANDIDATES

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

Discipleship

“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

PRAYER

“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

 

 

 

 

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