*Praise/thanksgiving* Praise God for…
- His provision, encouragement, and the developing vision for the MCF
- Those who lead and participate in Bible studies in the military for God’s glory in the workplace
- Those who support the MCF in prayer, finances and wise counsel
- Opportunities to show love to colleagues within the Canadian military in Jesus’ name, both in action and by sharing the gospel of hope
Include your own praise items & thanksgiving…
*Petition* Ask God to…
- Heal those in the MCF with injuries and disease of every kind (physical, emotional, psychological, etc.)
- Provide discernment for and empowerment to act on His unique desires for and leading of the MCF
- Move believers in the military to desire and seek unity and authentic, Jesus-focused camaraderie with each other
- Empower believers already in the military to step into the Great Commission of making disciples of Jesus
- Encourage, refresh and equip those already in leadership in the MCF
- Raise up more unified, Spirit-empowered, humble leaders and disciplers within the MCF
- Richly provide time and financial resources for the MCF and its staff and volunteers for training, teaching, etc.
- Prepare the MCF as a vessel of unity, such that its membership base grows as a reflection of the Spirit’s work drawing believers together for the Great Commission
- Create and protect excellent relationships between the MCF and the military chaplaincy and local churches
- Move local churches to catch a vision and desire to intentionally minister to the military community with love and respect for the people and for other churches who are doing the same
- Provide opportunities, bold witnesses and open hearts for the gospel to reach and be received by every person working in the Canadian military
- Bring many in the military community to Jesus this year
- Include prayers as the Spirit leads for the MCF, CAF, and your local workplace/ community…
Please join us in Ottawa for another MORNING OF PRAYER to keep walking in what God began at the January prayer meeting. Contact the MCF office to RSVP for more information.
If you are not able to join us in Ottawa, connect with your local MCF group (see list of groups below) or a few believers in your area who can join you in praying over the Canadian Armed Forces and your unique workplaces that same morning, inviting the work of God to increase among us this year. and for us and other believers to be empowered on His mission. If you are able, consider fasting in any way you feel is appropriate in preparation to join in corporate prayer. Here are some specific items to pray for during our MCF prayer morning to more tightly unite our prayers across Canada. Take time to read the report from the January prayer meeting for your encouragement and invitation to participate in what God is doing.
On Saturday, 28 January, the Ottawa chapter of the Canadian MCF met for prayer. During the past week MCF groups of various countries across North America, the Caribbean and South America also held prayer meetings. These groups, who represent various nationalities, cultures and faith traditions were unified in prayer to the Lord. While there were unique prayers offered for specific localized needs and desires, there was unity of desire that the Lord to pour out His Spirit on His children to enable them to bring the gospel to their fellow military community members.
I need to pause as I write this, to try to appreciate what has happened and is happening. Christ followers of such diversity in unison praying for God to move in His people to enable them to accomplish Matthew 28:18-20. In John 17 Jesus’ prayer to the Father is recorded. Jesus asked on behalf of all those who would become His disciples that they would be one; even as Jesus and the Father are one so that: believers could be in Jesus and the Father; and so that the world may believe in Jesus.
I am in awe. For those of us who came together in Ottawa on Saturday we did so not with a grand strategy to fulfill Jesus’ prayer, but simply because we heard of other MCFs in other countries praying and we were moved to join in the initiative. So, we came together and we prayed and we fellowshipped and we experienced unity in the faith. I am humbled, I am grateful, and I am hopeful for the work of Christ through the members of the MCF in Canada in their joint efforts to obey Jesus by joining Him in His mission to make disciples. In Isaiah 7 it is recorded that Jesus would be born of a virgin and he would be called “Immanuel,” which means “God is with us.” In Matthew 28:18-20, after Jesus gives the apostles their mission, which is the mission that all followers of Jesus have been given, Jesus said “…I am with you, always, to the very end of the age.”
Members of MCFs across the Northern and Southern hemispheres are coming together in unified prayer asking for the Lord to do exactly what is His will, surrendering themselves to His working in them. God is with us. Is there any more evidence that we need? Is there anything else that is more worthy of our efforts than to be in unity pursing His mission?
I am profoundly grateful for the indescribable privilege to be part of the Lord’s mission, and to see the unity that He is creating among the members of the multiple national MCFs who are singularly focused on bringing the gospel to the military community. If you are reading this and you sense the Lord calling you to be part of His mission into the unique culture of the military community, please contact us. Immanuel – God is with us.
Until All …
“For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.”
– Matthew 25:29
- PRAISE GOD for Calvary Baptist (our ‘Mother Church’) for recognizing the need for establishing a new church family in Pet!
- Pray for our very first weekend worship service this coming Sunday, November 1; that we would face little difficulty in setting up new equipment, in a new room, in a new way, for the first time.
- Pray for our families from CBC who will be embarking upon this journey with Trailhead with many leaving behind caring friends, may we quickly build and establish strong relationships with one another.
- Pray for the strengthening of marriages in Petawawa, many of which face regular stress and strain, affecting everyone in the family.
- Pray that this new church work in Petawawa would be focused not upon ‘ourselves,’ but upon reaching out to the local community to share about the saving work of Christ.
- Pray for Calvary Baptist Church, that God and the Holy Spirit would replenish their numbers; and continue to inspire their church family to look outwards to impact others with the love of Christ.
- Pray for Steph as she plans and prepares for launching a new Sunday morning children’s ministry for the Trailhead Church Family.
- Pray for our Trailhead family, that everyone would find a place where they could volunteer and use their personal gifts to serve others.
- Pray for Pastor Tim and David Meldrum as they jointly seek to guide and lend leadership to the Trailhead Church family.
Pastor Tim Roddick: firstname.lastname@example.org 613-401-8841
Zachariah (2:5) called it a “wall of fire” – Job (1:10) called it an “hedge” – King David (Psalm 91:4) called it a “shield and rampart” – Isaiah (51:16) called it a “covering.” MCF – it is the favour and power of God’s Spirit that we write about on these pages. We desire to cement hearts in prayer as we invoke the prayer covering of Almighty God for the military men and women of this country.
It’s time MCF to wield a weapon the world does not understand as we wage war for the eternity of our military brothers and sisters. E.M. Bounds stated “The more praying there is in the world the better the world will be, the mightier the forces against evil.”
Will you pray goodness and grace into someone’s life today? Will you share their name with God and claim them for Him?
On the evening before Jesus was to be crucified, he prayed for those He called to be disciples as well as those who would be disciples in the future and come to believe in Him. He knew what was about to happen to Him later that evening but His priority was to pray for those who would minister and those would be ministered to. He sets the expectation that prayers should be offered for those who have been called to spread His truth and our own concerns and daily issues should maybe take a backseat for a few moments so we can talk to God about those who are spreading His word.
This month we will carry on praying for our chaplains and for the communities they serve. We will pray that they are encouraged to do God’s work and that the enemy is not allowed to interfere with or destroy their efforts. We also pray for those who need to hear the gospel; the military men, women and their families who are serving this country. The Calendar highlights the location we pray about each day while our FACEBOOK page identifies chaplains by name that need our prayers.
Please take time each day to bring our chaplains before God’s throne asking that He bless their ministries and prepare the way for their work to be done.