Father God and Protector of Nations,
You are our strength and our shield.1 May you receive all the glory and praise for the blessings you have bestowed on our country.
I ask you to bless and protect our soldiers. They sacrifice more than most of us know in protection of the freedom and liberty You have given us. These are the men and women who truly have a servant’s heart;2 they are the Americans who truly understand living a sacrificial life for others. Place Your angels of protection before them and give them a sense of your hand upon them.
Our troops have left their families and the comfort of their homes to ensure liberty for the United States and freedom for those who are oppressed. Do not allow them to feel isolated or alone in their deployment. Instead, let them hear your promise to be with them always3 and find peace in your strength. In moments of fear, let them find comfort from the Holy Spirit. Give them courage as you did David when he wrote:
The LORD is my light and my salvation—
so why should I be afraid?
The LORD is my fortress, protecting me from danger,
so why should I tremble?
When evil people come to devour me,
when my enemies and foes attack me,
they will stumble and fall.
Though a mighty army surrounds me,
my heart will not be afraid.
Even if I am attacked,
I will remain confident.
(Psalm 27:1-3, NLT)
Give our soldiers a knowledge of your Word, and allow them to feel our prayers of protection upon them. Speak to their hearts a promise of protection for their families so they might be fully focused on the job before them.
Our soldiers will no doubt walk through fire and see terrible things as they are deployed. I pray that they would seek you in the darkest moments of their mission and see your hand in the beauty of creation that surrounds them. Let them see your hope where there seems only to be hopelessness, your mercy in lands that are being oppressed and
your peace where there seems only to be war.
Whether stationed overseas or at a base on native soil, whether deployed to the front line or doing administrative tasks, whether a seasoned warrior or a soldier training for their first mission, whether
a retired veteran or a recruit just leaving home, bless those who serve our nation. May they find respect and support from those of us who benefit from their sacrifice.
1 Psalm 28:7
2 Mark 10:45
3 Matthew 28:20
Tomorrow: A special Memorial Day Prayer in honor of the Fallen
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