In 1st Timothy Paul writes to his protégé telling him to stay in Ephesus and intervene with those who were teaching false doctrine. In Ephesus, there were teacher-wanna-bees who, as Paul describes them, were fully confident of their worldly viewpoints and sought to communicate their heresy. It is clear from Paul’s instruction that there were many who taught error and shipwrecked not only their faith, but the faith of others. Two thousand years later, such circumstances continue.
There is a popularized phrase that one can hear used by various personalities, both national and international, that being “fake news.” Fake news isn’t new. It existed when the gospel was first being proclaimed. Paul’s council to Timothy is as applicable to you and me as it was when Timothy was in Ephesus. So, I want us to take note of the specific action step that Paul gave to Timothy.
In Chapter 2 Paul states:
“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Saviour, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.”
Paul’s first line of offense was petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving so that all people (that’s everyone) would be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth. The objective is not to be a better debater than the fake-news artist, but it is to know Christ and to make Him known. The first means by which to attain that objective is through the spiritual weapon called prayer.
Prayer? Yes prayer!
In chapter 5 of James, the author also discusses the weapon of prayer and what is accomplished when it is welded by a person who is right with God. It is powerful and effective. Ordinary Christ-followers who have prayed in faith have witnessed and experienced the intervention of the Living God, who desires to answer their prayers as they intercede for others. Recently, a film entitled “The War Room” dramatically presented prayer as a weapon of spiritual warfare that when use by the Christ-follower results in spiritual breakthroughs. Prayer is not a repetition of some magical incantation, rather it is a conversation with our Lord expressing our thanks to Him, raising matters of spiritual and practical needs on our own behalves and the behalves of others. Jesus taught us repeatedly (Matt 18:19; 21:22; Mark 11:24; John 14:13; 15:7; 15:16; and 16:23) that we are to present our requests, our concerns, and our hopes for the spread of the gospel. This is what we intend to do.
During the past several months, a number of MCF members have been gathering together to pray for the military community. The objects of our prayers have been for political and military leaders; for churches that seek to minister to the military community and for individuals within that community. We are seeing and hearing of positive developments within those areas that we pray for. We get it – prayer works. So, beginning on 21 October, the Ottawa group of the MCF will live-stream on Facebook what we have entitled “The MCF War Room.” We have chosen to live-stream the event so that you may observe, be inspired to do the same and participate either in praying with us or by submitting your prayer requests to us, which we will immediately pray for. The focus of our prayer will generally remain the same, the Canadian military community and the proclamation of Jesus throughout. Exact timings, and other details will be communicated to you in the following weeks.
I admit that I am nervous and a bit intimidated at where the Lord is leading us, but more than that I am excited to see what He will do. The men, women, and families of the military community need Jesus; our mission is to bring His good news of relationship with him to this community; will you join us in the War Room?
Until All …