GREETINGS in the name of Jesus.
I am full of gratitude for warm and positive responses to past calls to prayer made from the Office of the General. God honors our praying and the result is changed people and changed situations.
Now I am asking for the whole of The Salvation Army to be in prayer during the month of September 2007 for two special purposes:
International Day of Prayer for Peace
This is going to be marked on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2007. It is an opportunity for the people of Christ in all places to pray and act together to nurture lasting peace in the hearts of people, in their families, in communities, and in international relations.
We can also bring to God in prayer those caught up in conflict, those working for peace, and political and military leaders who make decisions impacting the lives of millions.
Our Lord is the Prince of Peace who gives peace to our hearts such as the world cannot give. Therefore I call the Army to prayer for peace in the world. We can begin by shunning strife in our own personal lives and praying that God will grant us grace for this day by day.
Victims of Sex–Trade Trafficking
Sunday, Sept. 30, 2007, is the day set aside for a focus on this key matter.
I am calling the Army to prayer once again this year for those exploited and irreparably damaged as victims of this dreadfully evil trade. The matter is a core issue for the Army today just as much as it was in our early days. The holy instinct for addressing it can be said to be part of our DNA.
Prayer, education, fund–raising, and protection for the vulnerable, including children, are four powerful tools we are using.
We can pray for the victims, for their families, for the relief agencies, for all working to reduce and to frustrate the evildoers, and for the forces of law and order. Let us pray also for political leaders to have the will and wisdom to enact laws that will tackle this menace.
Thank you for your prayers. God will hear us. Then He will use us.
Yours in Christ,
General Shaw Clifton