"With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the LORD our God to help us, and to fight our battles" (II Chronicles 32:8).
Prayer for the ministerial body of our churches is imperative. We are to help carry the burden of today's ministers through the power of intercessory prayer so the church may be fully-equipped to face the challenges of the end times and be fully-empowered for victory!
The story chronicled in Exodus 17:8-13 illustrates the significance of holding up our ministers' hands in prayer. Aaron and Hur held up Moses' arms when he grew weary of holding them up alone. Their support and Moses' faith brought a great victory against their enemy. Through this combined task force, God's people were greater "armed" to defeat the enemy.
The "A.R.M.E.D. Forces" (Assistance Reinforcing Ministers Every Day Forces) initiative engages local church members to consistent prayer and fasting for ministers within their local church body. This includes all pastors and ministers, including travelling evangelists and those within the five-fold ministry.
This prayer initiative is accomplished by:
- Obtaining a list of names of all ministers who are members of the local church congregation
- Requesting church members to sign up and join the A.R.M.E.D. Forces, committing to consistent prayer and fasting for these ministers
- Utilizing ministerial prayer guides posted on this website for effective unified prayer
(Prayer should also include prayer for Associate, Assistant, Family, and Youth pastors, as well as Pastor's wives)
Through such strategic support we believe that God will meet specific needs for our ministers, according to His will and purpose (I Timothy 2:1-3). There is power in having prayer covering upon those who stand in the forefront and lead the way in the kingdom of God!
WNOP encourages every church and prayer coordinator to faithfully encourage prayer and fasting for our ministers. Psalm 133:2-3 says "It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down...even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments...as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing..." The anointing flows from the top down; when you pray and fast for ministers and their families, then you personally will be a recipient of the "blessings of God" as it flows from the pulpit to the pew!