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What Every Corps Needs To Embrace
by Captain Peter Brookshaw


God can do immeasurably more than anything we ask or imagine. Yes, that is true. Most of us know these words inside and out, quoted regularly from the letter to the Ephesians. We nod in agreement, and give a wry smile. We’ve heard it all before.


I wonder though, whether we actually take heed of such words?


Let me suggest for a moment, that if we truly believed God was omnipotent, then prayer meetings would be overflowing, altars would be jammed-packed and corps gatherings would be bustling. But we don’t and they aren’t.


God can do immeasurably more than anything we ask or imagine.


The issue isn’t that we don’t believe God is all powerful per se but rather that we don’t actually believe God cares enough for us to answer our prayers within his omnipotence. We embrace some sort of deistic approach to God, and unknowingly commit to an ideology that suggests God is inactive in the world we live in.


Convince me I’m not telling the truth.


If what I am saying is false, then tell me why Salvation Army corps struggle in their pursuit of well attended, passionate, vibrant prayer meetings? Surely one of the reasons is, whether we articulate it this way or not, is that we simply do not believe God is willing to hear our prayers.


You could suggest other reasons why fundamental expressions of Christian worship and discipleship are lacking in (primarily) western world contexts. You could say that people are ‘time-poor’ or apathetic. Though, the reason for their apathy is surely because they have not caught a revelation of the love of the father, and have failed to embrace the all encompassing greatness of the father, exhibited through the work of the father.  


 See, God is willing to hear our prayers and answer them according to his will in Christ Jesus. He absolutely cares for us and absolutely seeks the best for our lives and society.


The question is: do we really believe that? My observation, at least in my limited perspective, is no. We like to say we believe it. We love to recall the Ephesians 3:20 passage and other great bible verses that affirm God’s greatness, but when all is said and done, Christians prefer to nibble biscuits while watching Master Chef, than attending a prayer meeting to seek salvation for the world.


You are welcome to disagree with me. That’s fine. I just hope you are one who is speaking from a perspective that has a credible voice to disagree with the assertions I have made.


It is time that we grasp a revelation of the power of God, of the loving nature of God and of the intent that the Lord has to work through us to bring redemption to the world.


We don’t need another ecclesiastical corps cumbering the earth.


We need Salvation Army soldiers who will have an increasing understanding of the power of God, and recognize God’s desire to enact change to their communities through his people.


We must stop embracing a watered-down pathetic representation of God, who lives in some ivory tower, seemingly uninterested in the affairs of humanity.


God is surely looking for some passionate, committed, sold-out followers of Jesus, empowered by the Holy Spirit, who believe God is going to work through them to see a holy transformation of their world.


When these kind of faith-filled believers are on the scene, ministry is exciting. At times people get healed; and I mean, literally, physically, healed. You witness moments when someone speaks a ‘word of knowledge’ into someone’s life and the brokenness that has characterised their life for the last two years is demolished. You see unbelievers choosing to follow Christ, because all of a sudden their God-conscience is pricked. Social justice goes from being a trendy option, to a Spirit-led imperative.


Oh that we would hear the call to radical, passionate, faith-filled prayer and discipleship. Every corps needs to embrace this. Every leader needs to promote this. Every soldier needs to live this.


Anything less is robbing God of what he intends to do through The Salvation Army. 


God can do immeasurably more than anything we ask or imagine.



Captain Pete Brookshaw










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