Do you have a loved one in the military? Or, maybe you simply appreciate what our soldiers have to go through to protect our country.
It is important that we keep them in our thoughts. Yet, even better, we can use these 7 powerful prayers for our soldiers to protect them from potential evil and suffering.
How Do You Pray For Soldiers
Wondering how to pray for your soldier in the military? There are so many ways to call upon the Lord to keep our family safe from those who want to cause harm.
The Bible has a beautiful Psalm that encompasses the ultimate prayer for soldiers. Psalm 91 – is an amazing masterpiece of prayer that portrays God like a roaring lion as our refuge, commander, savior, protector, encourager, and mighty fortress.
What is the Soldier’s Prayer
Speaking of Psalm 91, it has been called the “Soldiers Prayer” because rumors suggest it was recited daily in World War I by the 91st Brigade. Pretty neat, huh?!!
Did you know that while fighting one of the bloodiest battles in the war, the 91st Brigade did not suffer one single combat-related death? Sadly, all of the other units suffered up to 90% losses. It is true – prayer works!
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. Psalm 91: 1-3
Prayers for Soldiers
While we can find a great spiritual prayer in Ephesians 6, these brilliant passages are perfect for help in praying for safety, protection, and guidance for precious soldiers in basic training, battle, on the front line, or behind the scenes.
God equips us with spiritual armor and we can use these scriptures for prayer against attacks of physical nature and spiritual warfare.
Dear Lord, Help our beloved military families to put on the Armor of God. O Lord, protect them from those who want to harm them.
Equip them with the beautiful belt of truth as it rules their lips, mind, and heart, each and every day. Use the breastplate of righteousness to keep them pure.
Ensure their feet keep walking with the Gospel of peace. Hover over with the shield of faith with a constant reminder of your amazing promises about the present and future.
Cover them with the helmet of salvation as nothing can separate them from your love. Help them have a self-controlled, self-less life as they study and savor the Sword of the Spirit.
Thank you, Lord, for our American heroes. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:11-17 NIV
Prayer for Soldier’s Safety
The desire of parents and family members is to see their loved ones come home from travels overseas. Finding ways to pray for safety whether it’s during combat or typical military procedures, is critical to getting them home safely.
Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul. Rescue me from my enemies, O LORD, for I hide myself in you. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground. Psalm 143:8-10 NIV
Father, What a wonderful warrior king who trusted FULLY in your right in the midst of battle. Keep our soldiers safe and strong like David.
While he wept and wrestled with life’s situations, he relied on you. Help our military to be like David. Even when sin filled his heart, you forgave.
Our soldiers are not perfect, please forgive them for any immoral behavior or thoughts. Create in them a clean and moral heart, O God, and renew their spirit with thanksgiving and praise as they run in harm’s way.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Prayer for Soldiers in Basic Training
If you have a son or daughter heading towards basic training or in the midst of it, call upon the Lord to keep them focused on pleasing the Lord and their leadership.
No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer. 2 Timothy 2:4
Heavenly Father, Help our soldiers who are enlisted in war to not entangle themselves in the affairs of everyday life to serve those above them.
As they sacrifice their daily routine to do well in basic training, I pray that they are focused on Your Will. Teach them to be honorable and loyal to their commanders and troops. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Prayer for Soldiers Deploying
If your child’s first time deploying is coming up soon, there will be a growing fear of the unknown.
Your son/daughter or grandchildren need to not fear, but have peace that all will be ok if they put their trust in God.
When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise—in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? Psalm 56:3-4 NIV
Dear Lord, As they deploy to the unknown, keep our military men and women humble and pierce their heart so they would see their need for the gospel of grace.
I pray they fully trust in You and remember your feet at the cross.Overcome their pride while You overwhelm them with their need for your grace. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Prayer for Soldiers at War
Worst case scenario is the preparation and execution of war. When war is inevitable, we must turn to prayer to keep our kids and loved ones safe and secure in the arms of Jesus.
Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 2 Timothy 2:3
Dear Father, We pray for all faithfully serving to protect and preserve justice. Send your mighty angel to watch over your sons and daughters as they face tremendous pressure and danger.
We pray for wisdom and righteous judgment as they care for each other as a team. Provide a beacon of hope for peace and prosperity during these uncertain times of war. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Prayer for Soldiers Who Have Died
A memorial prayer is for those who have been left behind after a family member dies. There is no greater love than one who laid down his life for others.
If you’re looking to incorporate prayer into a speech, tribute, eulogy, or reading, read on. In addition, these prayers can be used for funeral programs, gifts like bookmarks, and memorial prayer cards.
Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13
Dear Heavenly Father, Your tender mercy of the faithful has departed and found rest, we thank you for the one who laid down his life for all of those he/she left behind.
We are forever grateful for this sacrifice, and he/she will not die in vain. We will take his/her memory with us as a constant reminder of gratitude and generosity for serving the country faithfully. We ask these things in remembrance of all of those who died for our freedom, including your son Jesus Christ.
In His Name We Pray, Amen.
Christmas Prayer for Soldiers
When a soldier comes back from his post, there’s no better feeling in the world. Yet, even though it’s Christmas in the United States, it doesn’t mean a holiday for our troops.
Whether you’re a military wife, husband, kid, parent, or family member, most of us have heard the song “I’ll be home for Christmas”.
It is a reminder that many across the nation don’t have their loved ones at home to celebrate. It’s only in their dreams that their beloved comes home during the Christmas season.
Let’s pray for our soldiers, wherever they are.
Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Romans 12:10 NIV
Dear Heavenly Father, As we celebrate Jesus’ Birthday, it’s a wonderful reminder of His love during the Holiday season.
Today as we share this holiday feast, may we also share with one another a tender heart and an encouraging smile.
We pray for those in the military who can’t be with us, may they feel Your Presence throughout their time away. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Our military force is entirely voluntary and every member should be given encouragement and thankfulness for their selfless sacrifice.
These powerful prayers for our military soldiers, whether in basic training or at war, will encourage you and them to trust in their safety and success with Jesus by their side.
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