How Can I Pray for the Military?

Always be joyful. Always keep on praying. No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
I Thessalonians 5:16-18 (TLB)

1. Pray for their personal and professional success.

Pray for their safety, their families, their courage, and for their success. Pray for God to …

  • Protect them
  • Bless their families
  • Help them face the challenges of their duty
  • Give them favor in battle
  • Help them have victory

2. Pray for the spiritual maturity of our military members.

In Matthew 8,  Jesus encountered a Roman centurion and was amazed by his faith. The centurion asked Jesus to heal his servant who was paralyzed. He said:

Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.”

And Jesus replied: “Shall I come and heal him?”

The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed.  For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”

1 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith. 11 I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. 12 But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

1Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that moment.

Pray for God to mature our military and their families in their faith. Pray for the chaplains and local churches that support military communities to intentionally develop them in Christlikeness so they can be a light to others and be spiritually fit to endure the challenges of the military service.

3. Pray the Word of God.

In Ephesians 6, once the components of the armor of God are completely assembled on the believer, comes the command to pray.

 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.
Ephesians 6:18-20

 

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