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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

Vantage Point: Two Great Needs

By Ken Horn
Nov. 10, 2013

This issue has two main themes — prayer and the military. Today is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, and tomorrow is Veterans Day.

Though at first thought, prayer and the military seem disconnected topics, for the believer in Christ, the two themes go incredibly well together.

One of the greatest needs in the military is prayer. And we certainly understand the need to hold up the many believers who are under threat of violence or deprivation throughout the world — simply because they refuse to renounce the name of Christ.

Warfare is part and parcel of prayer — spiritual warfare. We need this spiritual warfare on both fronts.

With Christians in other parts of the world paying a great cost to proclaim the name of Christ, it is imperative that believers in free countries engage in spiritual warfare on their behalf.

This same concept fits our prayer for the military. Vigorous, militant prayer must cover those in harm’s way. That prayer must be for protection — both physical and spiritual — and for the Christian witness of believers, and ultimate salvation of those away from God. It must also be directed toward home — for the families of those serving.

For the feature “Beyond Patriotism," I interviewed several veterans. A number of them told me how others prayed for them while they were in dangerous situations. For many, eternity was at stake, since they did not know Christ. Others saw God’s hand in various ways.

Behind all these interventions was undoubtedly someone — or several people — interceding in prayer.

How do we engage in prayer for these two great purposes? There are more complicated answers, but let me suggest four steps:

Be informed. Care enough to know what the current needs are. “Bear one another’s burdens” (Galatians 6:2, NKJV).

Prepare for spiritual battle. “Put on the full armor of God” (Ephesians 6:13, NIV).

Make prayer a lifestyle. As Paul put it in 1 Thessalonians 5:17, “Pray continually.”

Persevere. Pray every day for these needs. Paul challenged believers to be “devoted to prayer” (Romans 12:12, NASB).

Ken Horn

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