Today is the National Day of Prayer and I was asked to lead a prayer for our troops at our local communty National Day of Prayer meeting. I have written out most of my prayer. I normally don’t write my prayers out…although I am discovering the discipline of writing prayer to God. I am writing out this prayer, becuase I want to to choose my words carefully. I want to pray for our troops, whom I support, without becoming political. I want to lift up this prayer without people thinking that I am pro-Bush or anti-Bush, pro-War or anti-War. I just want to pray that God would be glorified.
Here is the prayer
Prayer for Our Troops from Psalm 91
National Day of Prayer
May 4, 2006
Lord your word says: “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty” (Psalm 91:1)
We pray that you would become a shelter for our troops serving in the Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard and Air Force.
Become a refuge and fortress to them and their families back home—as they put their trust in you. (Psalm 91:2)
We pray for our troops that are in Iraq—and other places of conflict—that you would protect them from danger and disease (Psalm 91:3).
Cover them with your wings—may they find protection in you—shield them from physical harm (Psalm 91:4).
Let your peace fill their hearts and may your perfect love cast out fear—that they would not fear the terror of night, the bullets that fly by day, disease lurking in the darkness or any thing that may plot to destroy them. (Psalm 91:5).
May our troops—and their loved ones back home—be strengthened with hope and confidence in the face of death and destruction (Psalm 91:7).
We ask for peace in places of conflict and justice in places of injustice (Psalm 91:8).
We confess that if we make you our dwelling place (Psalm 91:9) that no harm will befall us, and no disaster will come near our tent.
We ask that those in the military who guard our freedoms would be guarded by unseen angels (Psalm 91:11). May your angels lift up our troops in their hands that our troops would not strike their foot against a stone (Psalm 91:12).
Lord, may the influence of your Spirit and the power of your gospel be our one true source of hope over the power of terrorism, evil, oppression and injustice (Psalm 91:13).
Cause our troops to turn to you in loving response— rescue them and protect them (Psalm 91:14).
May they call upon you and may you answer them, be with them in trouble, deliver them and honor them for their service to our nation (Psalm 91:15).
Satisfy our troops with long life and show them the goodness of your salvation (Psalm 91:16). And for those serving in places of conflict, we pray that you bring them home quickly and safely.
In Jesus Name we pray,