A Call to Enlist in the “Vanguard”
The church of the Lord Jesus is a mighty spiritual army with King Jesus as its head. He has given this spiritual army a glorious task and empowered it with spiritual weapons of warfare as we read in 2 Corinthians 10:3-5.
What are these spiritual weapons of warfare that accomplish this glorious task? Scripture shows us the major weapons to be that of preaching and prayer. As the church faithfully preaches the gospel and earnestly prays for this success, then the Great Commission becomes a reality among the nations of the earth.
Where does prayer enter in as a spiritual weapon? Ephesians 6:18-20 states we are to always be praying for the Lord to empower His preachers to be bold in proclaiming the gospel.
Isaiah 62:6-7 is a magnificent call for prayer where we are commanded to give God no rest until He makes Jerusalem (His Church) a praise in the earth.
The value of intercessory prayer is seen in Romans 15:30 where Paul said that those who prayed for him were striving together with him in the cause of Christ. When we pray for those who are preaching and teaching the gospel, we are engaged in spiritual battle with them! What an incredible reality! There are no geographical or age limitations. Many Christians, especially those advanced in physical age, wonder if they can be actively involved in missions. Here is the biblical answer. The advance of the gospel desperately needs prayer warriors.
This brings us to our call for people to become part of the Vanguard for the GNBS. A vanguard consists of those soldiers (elite fighters) who are at the head of an army, who are the first to engage the enemy. A spiritual vanguard would be those who are indeed prayer warriors. They are those people who will be persistent in prayer with our Lord until the Great Commission is fulfilled. A genuine prayer warrior yearns to see God’s kingdom advanced on earth as it is in heaven as Jesus taught His disciples to pray. A prayer warrior is relentless in pleading with God. This prayer warrior is one who perseveres in prayer. And, a prayer warrior firmly believes in the power of prayer, having faith that the Lord will do mighty things through prayer.
The GNBS seeks to bring great biblical truths to the masses of the world through bible courses that are translated into various languages. Lives are transformed by the Holy Spirit as they diligently study God’s word. Only the power of the Holy Spirit changes people; only the word of God is the power of God unto salvation (Romans 1:16). Thoughts are brought into obedience to Christ by the power of the Spirit who applies biblical truths to a person’s heart. The gates of darkness are brought down by the advancing army of God, the church, and the lead soldiers in this battle are the Vanguard, who are praying the promises of God into reality.
The Good News Bible Series is recruiting prayer warriors to be a part of this Vanguard.
Trusting in God’s enabling grace, we urge you to make a pledge to be a part of this great prayer company. Strive together with us as we seek to bring bible courses to the nations of the world.
For becoming a prayer warrior we will send you an electronic copy of John’s booklet.
Yes, I want to commit to praying on a regular basis to see these Bible courses reach the nations of the earth!