Fitness is fantastic and the camaraderie of group exercise can be exhilarating. There’s an intense sense of corporate accomplishment when doing hard physical work with a group. Memories from basic training, survival training and workups onboard ship flood in as I reflect. But there’s far more available in this than physical and emotional satisfaction.
I first participated in the Army Run years ago when I was flown to Ottawa to represent the CF in a running team. The camaraderie was so motivating! Years later, God called me back to the Army Run with new purpose and a new team: we intentionally (though quietly) represented Jesus and prayed. And again, the camaraderie was powerfully motivating, but this time with purpose for the kingdom of God.
Prayer is a theme that has been permeating every facet of MCF activity these days, especially as we gather in Ottawa to do War Room every month. In War Room we pray that the Spirit empower believers everywhere to share the good news of Jesus to our entire military community. It’s not just the mission of the MCF, it’s the mission of every believer (Matthew 28:18-20), and fundamental support believers need from each other to carry out this mission includes each other’s edification and prayer. (Colossians 4:2-4)
A team of three of us first prayer-walked the Army Run 10km race in Ottawa last September. We spoke to people along the course, made connections, prayed for individuals, and sometimes just prayed silently. The back of our running shirts read, “Be strong and courageous.” This is repeated throughout Joshua 1, where verse 10 finishes: “…for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
We are again joining the Army Run this year as a prayer walk to enjoy something far beyond the camaraderie: God’s presence with us wherever we go, so that he can lead us in how to pray to prepare the way for the good news of Jesus to be increasingly proclaimed in our military community.
Please join us in person on the team or in prayer to invest in what God is doing to bring the gospel to our military community.
War Room Coordinator
The Military Christian Fellowship of Canada