A Prayer for Memorial Day

Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery

Comforter and Councilor,1
We turn to you in our time of grief; our help comes from the Lord, maker of heaven and earth.2 Since the Civil War, we have set aside a day for remembrance, and our hearts are broken for the men and women who have been lost while serving our country.

Fallen HeroesNeither national liberty nor eternal freedom comes without a price. You paid for our eternal salvation with your own son,3 and you feel the suffering4 of parents who’ve lost their children defending America’s freedom. You have heard the cries of spouses, children, siblings and friends. You have collected their tears5 and will be their comfort:

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.
(2 Corinthians 1:3-4)

I am grateful for those who have died defending my freedom. Do not allow me to become complacent toward their sacrifice, but exercise my freedom to benefit my country and your Kingdom. Remind me daily that my freedom in both life and eternity came at a price someone else paid.

For hundreds of years, men and women have sacrificed themselves for my right to pursue happiness. They have shown the true meaning of love, for:

Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.
(John 15:13)

I am grateful to those individuals, and my heart turns toward the family members who are left behind. This day is a reminder of their sacrifice and I pray the Holy Spirit would comfort them.
AMEN.

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1 John 14:26
2 Psalm 121:3
3 1 Corinthians 6:20
4 Hebrews 4:15
5 Psalm 56:8

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© Joshua J. Masters and American Psalms, 2012.

Photo Credits:
Arlington Panoramic: Jared, Wikimedia Public Domain Photo
Both Honoring Fallen Heroes:  U.S. Army Flickr Stream

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America’s Weekly Prayer List (Memorial Day)

In addition to posts on Spiritual Formation, History and Prayer, American Psalms offers this weekly update with relevant Prayer Points, a featured American leader to pray for, and tips on growing in your Christian walk as you pray for America. Please join us in praying for the nation.


Praying Patriot Tip:
This week we remember the fallen soldiers who have given their lives to protect our freedom. It’s a thought that becomes lost in the hurry-up culture we’ve created with that freedom, but we can do better than that. As we spend this week in prayer for our military leaders, troops, and the families of those who’ve lost loved ones, let’s do more than simply speak the words—let’s allow ourselves to share their suffering. Let’s spend time in the Word and recognize that neither freedom nor liberty come without a price being paid. Christ paid for our eternal freedom, and our soldier and their families have paid the price for our liberties. May the Holy Spirit impress this truth upon me daily. May we, as a people, never forget the sacrifices made by our God and our soldiers so we might be given the grace of freedom.

Prayer Points for the Week of May 27-June 2, 2012:
Our Prayer Points list is slightly different this week. Rather than being focused on current events, they focus on the men and women who protect us. Please join us in praying for our military:

  • Memorial Day is the perfect time for you to commit to praying for the nation on a regular basis. If you’re not sure how to get started, visit The First Prayer page on this blog.
  • Remember to pray for the Commander in Chief. The lives of many troops are in his hand on a daily basis, which means we should pray for him daily. A sample prayer for the President is available here.
  • Throughout this week, pray for our soldiers and their families. If you need inspiration, there is a Prayer for our Troops available here.
  • On this Memorial Day week, remember to pray for the families of those who have  given their lives for our freedom. Join us in a Prayer to Honor Fallen Heroes.
  • Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal how you can serve the families of those who are deployed or have given their lives. There are military families throughout our communities that deserve our support.
  • Ask God to open your eyes to the opportunities of honoring our veterans. May His mercy and compassion be reflected in our actions.
  • Remember to pray for our Military leaders. A partial list of men and women to pray for can be found in our Featured Authority section below.

Featured Authority:

“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone–for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:1-4, NIV)

While we normally feature a single authority to pray for each week, but today American Psalms offers a list of our top military leaders. It is not a comprehensive list, but I encourage you to pray for those who hold the lives of our soldiers in their command:

Commander-in-Chief: President Barack Obama
Secretary of Defense: Leon Panetta
Deputy Secretary of Defense: Ashton Carter
Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman: General Martin E. Dempsey
Army Chief of Staff: General Raymond T. Odierno
Marine Corps Commandant: General James F. Amos
Chief of Naval Operations:  Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert
Air Force Chief of Staff: General Norton A. Schwartz
Coast Guard Commandant: Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr.
Commander of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan: General John R. Allen

Biographies for these and other Military Leaders can be found on the Department of Defense website. Remember to pray for our Military Leaders on a regular basis.

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PhotoCredits:
Memorial Flags: Robert Linder

A Prayer in Honor of Fallen Heroes

Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery

Comforter and Councilor,1
We turn to you in our time of grief; our help comes from the Lord, maker of heaven and earth.2 Since the Civil War, we have set aside a day for remembrance, and our hearts are broken for the men and women who have been lost while serving our country.

Fallen HeroesNeither national liberty nor eternal freedom comes without a price. You paid for our eternal salvation with your own son,3 and you feel the suffering4 of parents who’ve lost their children defending America’s freedom. You have heard the cries of spouses, children, siblings and friends. You have collected their tears5 and will be their comfort:

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.
(2 Corinthians 1:3-4)

I am grateful for those who have died defending my freedom. Do not allow me to become complacent toward their sacrifice, but exercise my freedom to benefit my country and your Kingdom. Remind me daily that my freedom in both life and eternity came at a price someone else paid.

For hundreds of years, men and women have sacrificed themselves for my right to pursue happiness. They have shown the true meaning of love, for:

Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.
(John 15:13)

I am grateful to those individuals, and my heart turns toward the family members who are left behind. This day is a reminder of their sacrifice and I pray the Holy Spirit would comfort them.
AMEN.

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1 John 14:26
2 Psalm 121:3
3 1 Corinthians 6:20
4 Hebrews 4:15
5 Psalm 56:8

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Please see the Condition of Use for this blog.
© Joshua J. Masters and American Psalms, 2012.

Photo Credits:
Arlington Panoramic: Jared, Wikimedia Public Domain Photo
Both Honoring Fallen Heroes:  U.S. Army Flickr Stream

A Prayer for our Troops

Father God and Protector of Nations,
You are our strength and our shield.May you receive all the glory and praise for the blessings you have bestowed on our country.

United States Joint Service Color Guard

United States Joint Service Color Guard

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:
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American Psalms Update

As we move into this Memorial Day weekend, we will be sharing three special posts. Saturday we’ll ask you to join us in prayer with an original American Psalm for our troops. On Sunday, a moving Memorial Day prayer will be posted in honor of our fallen heroes. This will be followed by a special edition of America’s Weekly Prayer List on Monday.

The prayers posted this weekend are from our upcoming book, American Psalms: Prayers for the Christian Patriot, which received a powerful endorsement today from best selling author and nationally known speaker, William J. Federer:

William J. Federer, best selling author

“Joshua J. Masters’ book, American Psalms, is tremendous! It is an uplifting, faith-filled treasury of inspiring prayers, solidly based in Scripture – “an answer to prayer” for our country at this critical time. With practical prayers for every area of life, including officeholders, farmers, business leaders, families, teachers, military, healthcare providers, Israel, Hollywood, and holidays, American Pslams: Prayers for the Christian Patriot is an easy to use and highly effective guide in spiritual intercession. 

Joshua J. Masters calls us back to our nation’s foundation of faith, just as Connecticut Governor Jonathan Trumbull did in his Proclamation of Fasting & Prayer, April 19, 1775, the day New England farmers “fired the shot heard round the world” at Concord’s old north bridge, that: “God would graciously pour out His Holy Spirit on us to bring us to a thorough repentance and effectual reformation that our iniquities may not be our ruin; that He would restore, preserve and secure [our] liberties…and make the land a mountain of Holiness, and habitation of righteousness forever.” 

I highly encourage every American to have Joshua J. Masters’ book, American Pslams: Prayers for the Christian Patriot.”

William J. Federer, best-selling author & nationally known speaker

We are honored and humbled to have Mr. Federer’s endorsement. Please be sure to “Like” us on Facebook for updates on the book’s June release, interviews, book signings and future events.

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© Joshua J. Masters and American Psalms, 2012.

Photo Credits:
Memorial Flags: Robert Linder
Federer Photo: AmericanMinute.com