Week of Prayer Guidelines
23-30 Jan 2011
OCF is a member of the Association of Military Christian Fellowships (AMCF) and the Association for Christian Conferences Teaching and Service (ACCTS) is one of three primary supporting organizations behind AMCF. As our part in the prayer campaign of the North American Association of Military Christian Fellowships, we are asking each OCF Bible study group to forego the normal weekly group agenda for that one day/evening and spend the time in prayer instead.
We are all well aware that our Heavenly Father, through His Son and the Holy Spirit are our only hope to reverse the negative trends in society, to turn the hearts of the people to Him, and to make us ready for Jesus' triumphant return. The Military Christian Fellowships in the armed forces and police of Canada, the USA, and the Caribbean are playing a key role through prayer, fasting, and personal example. Below is a list of suggested prayer topics to add to the prayers your group normally offers.
SUGGESTED PRAYER TOPICS
"He appointed military officers over the people and assembled them...with these words: 'Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him. With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the Lord our God to help us and to fight our battles'" (2 Chronicles 32:6-8).
Courage and dependence on God (Psalm 91) Perseverance to endure hardship (Isaiah 43:2) Divine protection from the enemy (Romans 5:1-5) Wise leaders who inspire respect from those under their command (Romans 13:1)
Confidence and vision to persist in the face of negative social developments (Psalm 18: 31-39)
Protection and support for the families they have left behind (Romans 1:8-10)
Chaplains who are divinely appointed to deliver hope and spiritual strength (Proverbs 4:11)
As our military troops face violence and terrorist threats around the world, it is vital to pray for them and their families. Here are some suggested prayers for you to use or adapt within your OCF group. Protection. Thank you, Lord for the courage and selfless service of our military troops. May they turn to You for rest and protection. Keep them safe from all the hidden dangers and deadly diseases. May they not fear the terrors of night or the disaster that strikes at midday. Order Your angels to protect them wherever they go. Keep their feet from slipping, and hold them securely in your strong right hand until they are safely home. (Psalm 91:1-11, 121:3, 139:10)
Mercy. Faithful Father, Your mercy and compassions never fail; they are new every morning. May all our troops freshly experience Your mercy as they get up each morning. May Your compassion rain down upon them, and may they see Your great faithfulness each day. (Lamentations 3:21-23)
Strength. Almighty and everlasting God, grant our troops the strength to carry out their duties. Give them courage and endurance each day as they use their skills to overcome obstacles. When they feel weak, be their strength. If they are tired, remind them to look to You so that they can mount up with wings like eagles, run and not get tired, walk and not get weary. (Psalm 18:31-36, 31:24, Isaiah 40:31)
Wise leaders. Lord, give our Commander-in-Chief, Joint Chiefs of Staff, field commanders, and other military and civilian leaders wisdom as they make decisions. May they submit themselves to You and seek guidance from trustworthy counselors. As they call upon You, show them great and unsearchable things that they do not know. Cause Your name to be exalted among the nations as a result of our military involvement. (James 1:5, Proverbs 20:18, Jeremiah 33.3, Psalm 46:10)
Sound preaching. Father, may the military chaplains teach the truth of the gospel. May they preach Christ Jesus as Lord, not in fancy words but in the power of Your Spirit. Use their preaching to open the eyes of many of our troops and civilians so that they can see the glorious light of the gospel shining upon them. May those who are believers be renewed in their faith so that they can be a light to others in the field. (2 Corinthians 4:2-5, 1 Corinthians 2:4, Matthew 5:14-16)
Peace. Lord, may the families of our military personnel-their spouses, children, siblings, parents, and friends-cast all their cares and burdens on You. Instead of being worried or anxious, may they pray about everything that concerns them. As You promised, cause Your peace, which transcends all understanding, to guard their hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Grant all of our troops this same peace, and let them feel the love we have for them, especially when we are far apart. (1 Peter 5:7, Philippians 4:6-7)
Provision for children. Father of the fatherless, fill the gaps of love that the children of our servicemen and women miss from their parents because they are absent or deployed. May these children sense Your everlasting love for them. Provide for all of their needs out of Your glorious riches in Christ Jesus. Comfort them and keep them in Your care until they are reunited with their loved ones. (Psalm 68:5, Philippians 4:19)
Healing. Lord, You are the Great Physician who mends and restores broken bodies, minds, emotions, and relationships. In the name of Jesus, heal the painful memories and the trauma of war that those returning from combat face. Restore their minds and emotions. Comfort those who have lost friends and family members, and physically strengthen those who are recovering from wounds. (Isaiah 53:4-6, Psalm 147:3)
That the troops from Petawawa will return soon from Afghanistan.
That the Vandoos of Valcartier battle group will have a safe move into theater (the last rotation before Canada pulls her troops out).
That the chaplains in the Decompression Center will effectively minister to the troops about to return home. That troops with physical wounds and PTSD will be effectively treated and ministered to.
Caribbean Military & Police
Includes Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Granada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago. Colonel Nestor Ogilvie is the President of the North American AMCF which includes the countries listed and the USA and Canada. Pray for safe travel for him and his wife, Monsie, during this week of prayer.
For the success of the Caribbean Military Leaders' Conference scheduled for 4-8 April 2011
in Jamaica. For blessings on the proposed Pointman ministry in Grenada in March--that it will happen and will have a long-lasting positive impact on the police. For the expansion of the MCF in Haiti to all sections of the National Police Force.
By His help, new MCFs were established in eight countries last year, bringing the total number of the countries with MCFs to 127. That all 196 countries in the world will soon be blessed with a mature and effective Military Christian Fellowship (MCF)
That the existing MCFs around the world will be blessed, strengthened, and encouraged by the Holy Spirit to minister effectively to their people-both military and civilian. That the MCFs around the world will be divinely protected from persecution by their governments and from the powers of the Evil One.
Dear brothers and sisters in the gospel who participate in the AMCF ministry, I hope the confession of the Apostle Paul will also become our confession at the end of the year 2011. May God richly bless all of you, your families, and your ministries! "Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day-and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing." (2 Timothy 4:8) In His love, Lee, Pil Sup President, AMCF GEN, ROK Army (Ret)