Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A Prayer for Military Families

Heavenly Father

You are the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. You are our strong and mighty tower and fortress. We bow to Your sovereign will.

I come to you on behalf of military families everywhere. Please protect our service men and women and their families. Allow them to return safely to this land called America. Bring strength and comfort to those who may have lost loved ones in the war. Help us as civilians become more sensitive to the horrors of war, post traumatic stress, and the specific needs of our veterans.
 
Father, like Langston Hughes, so many military families are asking, "What happens to a dream deferred?" We pray for answers to their hopes and dreams, yes, even dreams deferred that they may know that You are our God, that dreams deferred are not necessarily dreams denied, and that those who do not yet know you will come running, shouting, "What must I do to be saved?"

Abba, Father, Your Word in Ecclesiastes 9:11 says, "...that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong...." And we are reminded in Hebrews 12:1 that you have given us the prescription for winning this challenging race called life. We are to run this race with patience, looking to Your Son, Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is now seated at Your right hand.

Help our military families to stay strong in You, Lord, and the power of Your might. Give them spiritual armor for maximum protection. We pray for the victory according to Your will.

In Jesus' Name.

Amen.


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