Parents Prayerwalking Schools, Churches Play Critical Role to Military Personnel & Starting Your Day With God
See You at the Pole is engaging parents in prayerwalking schools the weekends surrounding the Sept. 27 event to mobilize families in prayer. Why would a 19-year-old sailor be at church nearly every day of the week? And, many of us are very busy. We go to bed with our to-do list incomplete and wake up with a list of things to try to accomplish.
See You at the Pole is engaging parents in prayerwalking schools the weekends surrounding the Sept. 27 event to mobilize families in prayer.
Organizers of the student-founded grassroots event have long hoped it would cement prayer as a daily family practice, spokesperson Doug Clark said.
Students across the U.S. and in several foreign countries will pray in groups at flag poles or other prominent sites on campuses at 7 a.m. local time Sept. 27.
Check with leaders at your school or church to see if there is a See You at the Pole for your students.
Why would a 19-year-old sailor be at church nearly every day of the week?
The sailor listed being active in Sunday morning and evening services, Bible study, choir practice, helping in Awana, Wednesday meal and men’s ministries at Oak Harbor Church in Oak Harbor, Washington. It wasn’t only God he was reaching out to, though. It was people.
The sailor, now retired, said the local church was his family.
While military chaplains have a great opportunity to minister to the spiritual needs of those in our nations’ military, churches near military bases have an equal, if not more important opportunity.
They offer community to military personnel who are often stationed far from home.
Zac Hufty is the pastor of The Village Baptist Church in Fayetteville, N.C., with its Reilly campus a half-mile from the main gate to Fort Bragg, recently renamed to Fort Liberty, the only military installation not named after a person.
Chaplains minister to thousands of soldiers, Hufty said, and needs frequently arise that churches can step up to meet.
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Many of us are very busy. We go to bed with our to-do list incomplete and wake up with a list of things to try to accomplish.
Church leader Chuck Lawless offers two helpful tips for busy people who want to walk with God.
He says that early in the morning, when he first wakes up, he starts his day with the Lord’s Prayer or the Model Prayer found in Matthew 5.
Lawless writes, “My mind simply moves in a healthier direction in the morning when I immediately focus on God, thank Him for His provisions, and seek His will. This step also opens the door to my praying to the Lord throughout the rest of the day.”
Second, he reads a verse of the day that is delivered to his email inbox. There are a number of websites that offer the service.
“I don’t know what I will face today, but I’m reminded powerfully that God will be with me. And, because I will leave this verse in my inbox and read it each time I check my email today, I can work on memorizing it throughout the day without really trying. It’s just a good way for me to keep turning my heart back to the Lord,” he writes.
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