Cover, Move & Pray.
“Step back, Cover and move”
The fundamental tactic used was “ cover and move”, which we had trained for, practised and utilized. It is foolishness not to work together. One team covered, their weapons trained on threats, while the other team moved. Then those teams reversed roles. Teams leapfrogged in bounds, constantly utilizing “ cover and move” to ensure we were prepared to fend off an attack as we maneuvered through the streets.
(Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Lief Babin: chapter 5)
As Chaplains, ( and any Christ Follower) we may be sent by God into situations of crisis, danger and darkness Although under Gods covering and led by the Holy Spirit, is essential that the other team (i.e. other Chaplains) cover the team moving into danger. A chaplain needs to ‘ train their weapon’ looking out and watching for threats or imminent attack by the enemy. Our weapons: the Sword of the Spirit (Gods word), prayer and counsel of the wise.
As one Chaplain moves, the other Chaplains ‘cover’ with intercessory prayer, speaking Gods word into the situation and offering wise counsel where needed. Gods word tells us that “ Our fight is not against people on earth (flesh and blood.) We are fighting against the rulers and authorities and the powers of this world’s darkness. We are fighting against the spiritual powers of evil in the heavenly places.” ( Ephesians 6:12)
What does that tell us? That in order to stand and fight in this battle which is a spiritual one, we need to have spiritual weapons. Spiritual weapons of defense and offense, and as a soldier well armed with “tactical gear” such as:
- a Tactical Belt –Truth
- a Bulletproof – Breastplate of righteousness
- Headgear – Helmet of Salvation
- Good Footwear – feet fitted with readiness from the Gospel of Peace
- Shield of Faith
and the only weapon with which to attack – the Sword of the Spirit which is Gods Word. This well known chapter about the armour of God reminds us to PRAY in the Spirit on all occasions, with all kinds of prayers and requests.
What we don’t read about in this chapter is the importance of “Standing firm together! “
When Paul wrote this letter to the Ephesians, he was in jail guarded by a Roman soldier, a member of the once invincible Roman Army. The Roman soldier and seven other men formed a Contubernium (tent group). 10 contubernium with a total of 80 men commanded by a centurion, made up a Centuria (century). 6 centuriae or a total of 480 fighting men, not including officers, made up a Cohort.
10 cohorts made up a Legio (legion) In todays terms, a squad, a platoon, a company, battalion, Regiment, Division, an Army.!
The strength of the Roman Army of that time, lay not only in equipped and well trained soldiers, but in their ability to work together. Each unit would carry out commands and orders in unity, knowing what needs to be done. Essentially their strength came from their numbers and their unity.
Our Strength comes from Gods word, Prayer and the unity of our fellowship with each other. Together we are strengthened. (Ecclesiastes 4:12: “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”)
Together, we experience more and more of Gods power and anointing as we “cover “ each other in prayer, clothing the other in Gods word, seeking wise counsel from each other and from Gods word.
When we are called to any scene or situation, let us proceed in prayer and the firm assurance that God leads us as His light in the darkness, knowing our compatriots, fellow Chaplains, are interceding for us.
– “Be strong in the LORD and in His mighty power”
Ephesians 6 vs 10