And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.
Military Prayer Week kicks off today a scant four days after the Fort Hood shooting and I want to start by encouraging everyone to pray for those who reach the military. The churches in the Killeen/Fort Hood area are undoubtedly facing many people who need support at the moment. It is now that believers all across the country need to band together and pray for the many pastors, families, and Christians in the area who will have an opportunity to reach those who now have questions.
In fact, take a moment to pray for any church or organization in the area of a military installation which attempts to reach military folks with the Gospel. Those who ministry to the military are in the very unique situation of having one foot in the military world (through ministry) and one foot in the civilian world (via church). Bridging that gap requires patience, perseverance, and grace.
Churches that reach out to the military community are vital to reach those who need you most. They can present a home for the nomadic service member who is often very far from home. Churches often provide families of deployed personnel with vital services and support that they need. For those reasons, and so many more, we pray that you will support and lift up those who lift up our military.
In your holy name,Amen.