In the Old Testament, we see God leading the Israelites through battles into the promised land.
God not only gave His chosen people deliverance in these historical events: He revealed aspects of His character that we praise and put our trust in, even today.
WHY to pray
The sphere of military has always been an influence in cultures throughout time. In the New Testament, see the Apostle Paul use military terminology to help believers comprehend spiritual truths, such as relating physical armor to spiritual armor and explaining the spiritual battle we fight against the powers of darkness in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:10-18)
Historically, the United States military has fought for the freedoms we see in our legal documents and to uphold American interests in other countries. The military itself is comprised of thousands of volunteers from all walks of life who submit themselves to fulfill the needs of our country, whether that is across the world or across state lines. The armed services can provide a sense of purpose and structure, as well as opportunities in growing career fields. However, job stress and the unique culture of the military can also foster an environment that increases the likelihood of substance abuse and can place a great strain on marriage and family life. Military members are often exposed to dangerous and violent situations and have higher rate of experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, divorce, homelessness, and other life-altering challenges.
The military needs our prayer!
HOW to pray
Pray the Father’s heart. To do this, seek scripture for wisdom on God’s design for each person to rely on the Lord and His provision. Meditating on scripture before beginning prayer puts our hearts into a position of submission to the will of God. These verses are good starting places to see how we can pray for members of our military:
“For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 8:38-39 ESV
We wait for Yahweh; He is our help and shield. For our hearts rejoice in Him because we trust in His holy name. – Psalm 33:20-21 NIV
Haven’t I commanded you: be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9 HCSB
WHAT to pray
pray for the leaders to make wise and righteous decisions based on Biblical principles rather than personal career gains
Lord, help all military personnel see You working in their daily lives, that You are with them, whether they are in the field, at home, or abroad
Remove stigmas for seeking medical attention for mental and physical needs
God, hold the families of service members close, and may they look to You for the strength and peace that only You can give
Comfort the spouses who are separated due to military jobs—keep these marriages strong
Lord, keep the hearts of the military from being desensitized to violence, while keeping them strengthened through battles. Only You can provide such a balance.
Move service members to seek the Lord and family for comfort, rather than overuse of substances