Praying for our Military Chaplains as a Hero is Recognized

Prayer Point: Praying for our Chaplains

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Chaplain Kapaun (right) helps pull an injured soldier off the battlefield.

Later today President Obama will posthumously award the Medal of Honor to an incredible man of selflessness named Chaplain (Capt.) Emil Joseph Kapaun.    The brave Army Chaplain served in both World War II and Korea. Chaplain Kapaun exemplified what it meant to serve—he served his God, his country and especially his fellow soldiers. In November 1950, Kapaun was taken as a prisoner of war along with hundreds of other soldiers. The Chaplain put himself at great personal risk, but  moved under the cover of night to offer prayer and encouragement to the his fellow POW inmates. He also organized able-bodied soldiers to sneak out of the camp to steal food and firewood at night, saving many of the captives. Before he died in the POW camp, the men he had saved watched Chaplain Kapaun bless and forgive his captors. Mike Dowe, a young Lieutenant at the time, reported that when he began to cry at the Chaplain’s side Kapaun said,  “Hey, Mike, don’t worry about me. I’m going to where I always wanted to go and I’ll say a prayer for all of you.”

We often talk about praying for our soldiers; we even talk about praying for our pastors. Let us not forget that there are men and women out there serving as both. Our military chaplains put themselves in harms way to bring the gospel of peace to men who only see war. They bring hope into areas surrounded by hopelessness, and they bring comfort where there is only fear. Please consider adding our chaplains to your prayer list.  Here is a list of the current commanding chaplains:

Chaplain (Captain) Emil Kapaun

Chaplain (Captain) Emil Kapaun

Executive Director,
Armed Forces Chaplain Board:
Chaplain Colonel Jerry P. Pitts
Army Chief of Chaplains: 
Chaplain Maj. Gen. Donald L. Rutherford
Air Force Chief of Chaplains: 
Chaplain Maj. Gen. Howard Stendahl
Navy Chief of Chaplains:  
Chaplain Rear Admiral Mark Tidd
Marine Corps Chaplain:
Chaplain Rear Admiral Margaret Kibben
Coast Guard Chaplain:
Chaplain Captain Gary P. Weeden

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For those using our weekly devotional, American Psalms: Prayers for the Christian Patriot, you may also want to consider A Prayer for America’s Pastors on page 49 and A Call to Workers in the Harvest on page 53 (Also for  Kindle and NOOK).

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© Joshua J. Masters and American Psalms, 2013.
Story Sources: U.S. Army and Fox News
Photo Credit: U.S. Army

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