All of this so far has had to do with the mobility of our firepower, or, in other words, our witnessing. But from the chapter on the offense we recall that our offense is directed with prayer in addition to preaching. We must be mobile here, also.
Like the Word of God, prayer has no limitations. The limitations are in us. Prayer of intercession has greater range, accuracy, speed, and power than the greatest intercontinental ballistic missile we will ever produce. The prayer of intercession is one that agrees with God in His desire and purpose to win men to Himself. We can use as our guide the prayers of Jesus and of the apostles, both for Christian brethren and for those who are still under the command of the enemy.
Jeremiah 33:3 says, “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” Let us ask for big things, things that we have never previously experienced.
Mobility serves no purpose if we have no intention of going anywhere. Do not stay at home in your intercession. Be mobile. It costs nothing to go to Africa via God’s throne in prayer, except time and a concern for people in Africa.
Dawson Trotman recounts a personal experience in the booklet Born to Reproduce. He and a fellow worker in the Navigators, when that organization was still very young, decided to pray for the development of their work in every state of the union:
“So we made a list of forty-eight states, and we prayed. Morning after morning in these little prayer meetings we would look at our list and ask God to use us and other young fellows in Washington, in Oregon, in California, and in all other states of the Union. Five weeks went by, and we did not miss a morning. We met at four o’clock on Sunday morning and spent three hours in prayer. During the sixth week the Lord put it on our hearts to get a map of the world, and we took it up to our little cave in the hill. We began to put our fingers on Germany, France, and Italy. We put them on Turkey and Greece. I remember looking at one little island near China—you had to look closely to see what it was—and we prayed that God would use us in the lives of the men in Formosa” Dawson Trotman, Born to Reproduce (Colorado Springs: Navigators, 1960).
If you know of the worldwide ministry of the Navigators today, you know that this prayer has been answered.
The united witness of which we are a part is also the result of the prayers of many Christians. Let us not stop now; let us individually and together pray to take the objective for Jesus Christ. Pray that we will be used in the lives of others.
The effectiveness of our ministry in the spiritual war largely depends upon the individual mobility in the use of our capabilities: the Word and prayer. We must know something of the range and depth of the word of God, and we must experience the range and accuracy of intercessory prayer.
“And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer, and while they are yet speaking, I will hear” (Isa. 65:24).
*Excerpted from Principles of War. To purchase, visit ccmbooks.org/bookstore.