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Giving Thanks

“I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:3-6

Prayer Model

In Acts 4:23-26, 31, we find a prayer model in the early church. After Peter and John had preached and stirred up a commotion among the religious leaders their lives were threatened. They were told never to preach or speak the Name of Jesus again. We then read, in verse 23, that they returned to their companions to find a church in prayer. Note that they, the church, cried out in one voice in agreement of thought and unity of heart. Relying on the truthfulness of Scripture their prayer took on greater fervency as they asked Almighty God to do the impossible. They made specific requests believing that Sovereign, Almighty God would respond to their prayers with miracles. James 5:16b reads, “The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.”

At 2:38 A.M. on January 17, 1991, a task force of eight U.S. Army Ah-64 Apache helicopters fired the first shots of Desert Storm. Their objective was clear.... free Kuwait. The first mission to be carried out in achieving the objective was to destroy two early-warning radar sites. To successfully execute this would open a radar-free corridor in southwest Iraq skies for the continuation of our air offensive. The lives of literally hundreds of allied air crews who were preparing to follow directly behind the Apaches, to bomb Scud missile sites and various targets in Baghdad, depended upon the accuracy and completion of their mission. With all allied forces, air, sea and land, in place and in a state of readiness, the battle plan was operational. After the success of the air assault the ground operations could commence...and did so on February 24th, 1991 at 4 A.M., Saudi time.

What We Can Learn

Much can be learned from this account of recent military history. Following a similar course of action in preparing for each of our ministry opportunities, your prayers for us are vital to the success of our mission. With a clear objective in view of working along side of our military chaplains to minister the military community across the globe, your fervent and committed prayers (air strikes) , are essential. With your commitment to prayer preceding and during each ministry event the Sonshine Ministries, Ministry Team (ground forces) can be fully operational. Thus we know we can minister with greater confidence and power. Faithful, committed prayer proceeding the event is equally as important for the chaplains and for their follow-up teams. We need your committed combat prayer to immobilize the enemy. (Mark 3:27)

“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.” (II Corinthians 10:3-4)

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“On behalf of the U.S. European Command Joint Analysis Center, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and your ministry team for the fine support to this years National Prayer Luncheon, held at RAF Alconbury, United Kingdom. In particular, Reverend Art Apgar’s anecdotal words and inspiring music made the event especially memorable.”

Col. Philip C. Marcum
US Army (Ret)

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