The following is an excerpt from “Do Not Grow Weary in Prayer and Fasting,” written faithfully each week for nearly 10 years by Jerry Hale, Spiritual Emphasis Committee Chair for the Growing and Building Campaign.
(Written 11 DEC 2013) This week is Army/Navy! Emotions are running high as service reps all round the world get ready for the pageantry of this traditional event. Many wonder, “Can Army win this year, or will Navy win for the 12th time in a row?” Me, I always enjoy the game and don’t really have a favorite.
However, I get particularly excited about the OCF Banquet after the game. The Army/Navy Banquet is a pretty big deal on the OCF calendar. It is certainly a big deal on my calendar as both Bryan Burt from USNA (this year’s host for the event) and Tom Austin from USMA have graciously allowed me to bring an ever-increasing number of cadets/staff from Valley Forge Military Academy to participate in this God honoring occasion.
Of course the main event is the presentation of the Gospel in word and song and the tremendous Christian witness the Service Academy Cadets and Midshipmen have on the younger Valley Forge cadets. Our desire is that each one who attends will move further along on their personal journey of faith!
We all are on a personal journey of faith. In the book of Acts we read about how the Lord intervened in the life of Saul of Tarsus and transformed him into the Apostle Paul, who became one of the chief spokesmen for the faith over the centuries. Paul joined by the faithful Barnabas ministered together in Antioch for one year before the Holy Spirit sent them off on their life’s work of spreading the Gospel throughout the Roman world:
Barnabas and Saul Sent Off
“1 Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul. 2 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.’ 3 So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off” (Acts 13:1-3).
I am hopeful that many will be attentive to the work of the Holy Spirit in their lives at Saturday’s event. I am hopeful, as well, that the Holy Spirit will speak to the hearts of many to assist us as we continue to move forward in prayer and fasting on behalf of the Spring Canyon portion of the Growing and Building Campaign.