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An ‘Army on its knees’

Colonel Janet A. Munn, College for Officer Training principal, delivers a message full of passion and scriptural power.

Colonel Janet A. Munn, College for Officer Training principal, delivers a message full of passion and scriptural power.

In the Gospel of Luke 18:1–8, Jesus describes kingdom prayer as a widow constantly pressuring a corrupt judge, insisting on justice against her adversaries. The widow’s only asset is her persistence, and that was enough to bring justice, even with a judge who did not fear the Lord. Jesus used this parable to show His disciples that they should always pray, and never give up.

As Americans, Christians, and Salvationists, we have boundless resources, strengths, and a wonderful reputation. We are known for ‘doing the most good’ and, indeed, much good is done. But the danger for us is that we place confidence in our strengths. We lose the widow’s sense of desperation for divine help. We lose touch with the profound reality of our utter need and dependence for God.

In the Kingdom of God, things are upside down. The dirty are made clean, sinners are made holy, the brokenhearted are healed, strangers are welcomed as family, the enslaved are freed, and the weak are made strong.

To the world, prayer can be seen as the weakest thing that one can do to change the world. To talk to an invisible God, telling Him what He tells us to tell Him—when nothing seems to happen for a long time—seems a weak strategy.

But that is the way of the Kingdom of God. Jesus tells us to pray like the widow who is desperate, who has no one to turn to, but who will not give up as long as she has breath. God identifies with that victimized widow who embodies Godly power in the midst of powerlessness.

What could be weaker than an army praying on its knees? Followers of Jesus are invited to take on that stance and to draw upon the power of that apparent “weakness,” saying to the Lord, “We cannot do this without You.”

by Colonel Janet A. Munn

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