A 10-Minute Prayer for our Military

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I can’t imagine military living;  surrendering your own will for the greater good and putting yourself in harms way for the sake of your country.

There are a few good men in my own life who are veterans, and I rarely set aside time to think about the sacrifices they have made for our country.

But the Lord placed them on my heart today, and I am so grateful I slowed down long enough to think about the price each and every one of them has paid for my freedom.

Time away from loved ones, sleepless nights, the stress of battle, the consequences of taking a life in combat…these are burdens I will never have to bear because they bore them for me.

I allocated a brief 10 minutes of my morning to pray for our military, and the experience was transformative for me.

I did not expect to share this prayer publicly, but once it was complete, I felt the Lord asking me to do exactly that.

The Lord is slowly teaching me to be generous with my words, and to write freely what He has placed on my heart.

It is my hope that this prayer inspires you to stop and pray for the men and women who serve our country, their supportive  families, and the members of our government who have the power to make decisions that impact our military.

Once you have completed your time in prayer, I challenge you to ask God what He wants you to do next!

Oswald Chambers once said, “We are not to preach the doing of good things; good deeds are not to be preached, they are to be performed.”

I would like to modify this statement just slightly to fit my purposes today:

“We are not to pray the doing of good things; good deeds are not to be prayed, they are to be performed.”

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A 10-Minute Prayer for our Military

Lord, I pray that you minister to the hearts of our soldiers today and every day.

They have experienced first hand the depth of depravity that pervades this world, and without Your love and forgiveness to balance out that experience, I can only imagine how easy it is for them to succumb to depression and desperation.

Lord, so many have made the ultimate sacrifice, and if they haven’t, they likely know someone who has.

I owe my personal security to these men and women who have forsaken their own for the sake of the greater good.

And I am eternally grateful.

Lord, I ask that you minister to these heroic men and women in a special way this week as our country slows down to celebrate Veteran’s Day.

Give each and every one of them a divine appointment with a generous soul and show them Your love through a simple act of kindness and gratitude from a stranger.

Do not forget the families they often leave behind; the spouses and children who suffer through burdens and trials that are unique to military life.

I cannot imagine saying goodbye to your other half, never knowing if they will return to you in the same condition they were when they left.

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Never knowing if it will be your last kiss, your last conversation, your last moment as part of a couple.

Lord, I ask that you equip military spouses to offer the gift of service to one another; that every word and deed be tempered with kindness and grace.

Protect their hearts and gift them with an extraordinary sense of unity and love for one another.

Gently guide them into your presence, so that husband and wife is able to find all of their needs met in You alone.

Most of all, bestow upon these families a supernatural level patience and endurance.

When they are surrounded by storm clouds, let Your light break through, if only for a moment, to remind them that You are watching over them.

Bring Your beauty from the ashes of the lives that have been broken by war, either physically or emotionally.

Tear down the walls that have prevented them from getting the level of care and respect they deserve and bring healing to our military one soldier at a time.

Thank you for putting a desire in the hearts of these special men and women to serve our country.

Thank you for the freedoms I am able to experience because of their sacrifice.

Thank you for the good that has come from their tireless efforts.

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Help these soldiers to see that their sacrifice is not in vain.

Help them to see how much we appreciate them and show us how to embrace and encourage their families in a way that brings You glory in heaven.

Just thinking of the milestones that soldiers miss while they are away at war breaks my heart.

Babies are born, loved ones graduate from school, weddings are celebrated, deaths are mourned, and the simplicity of a day spent enjoying the company of loved ones is replaced with the endless work of war.

I pray for the leaders of our nation and our military, that you would give them supernatural wisdom as they hold the fate of millions in their hands.

Our world system may be broken, the people of this planet may be divided, but You are the same…yesterday, today, and forever.

Intervene on our behalf!

Place your covering of protection over the Chaplains who serve our troops, give them wisdom to reach into the lives of the broken and offer them hope and faith for a brighter future.

Equip my brothers and sisters in the military to live quiet lives that shout hope, peace, and love to their fellow servicemen.

Fill up their cisterns to overflowing, and give them a double measure so they can pour your love into the lives of the soldier to their right and to their left.

There is so much war, so much strife, so many trials and tribulation in our world. Yet, You remain enthroned above it all.

May we never forget that you are our source of peace in the midst of it all.

You are our hope and You are our future.

To God be the glory, forever and ever, Amen!

Veterans day is this week. There's never been a better time to stop and pray for our military, from the Soldiers who serve to the families they leave behind. Prayer is the beginning, but I encourage you to do something practical to say thank you to the Veterans in your life.

I encourage you to set aside some time today to put this prayer into action.

Because  good deeds are not simply to be prayed, they are to be performed.

I would love for you to take a few minutes to  write out your own prayer for military families and share it in the comment section of this post, let’s create a prayer library to encourage these brave men and women when they are feeling down!

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I have shared this post at many of my favorite Faith & Family Linkups.

Originally published on 11/10/2015. Updated and re-published on 11/10/2016.

Sarah Koontz

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41 thoughts on “A 10-Minute Prayer for our Military

    1. Liz, I have had many dear friends serve in the military, and I have come to understand the level of sacrifice each member of the family must make. Although I cannot imagine doing it myself, I have developed a deep level of love and respect for the men and women who are called to serve our country. Thank you for taking the time to stop by and read my prayer today, and I hope that it blesses many more military families through your social shares.

  1. Hi Sarah,
    I’m your neighbor at Holley’s today! Thank you for sharing these words that God put on your heart and reminding us to be grateful for the freedom and sacrifice of those who put their lives on the line, along with their families who wait for their return. Praying this with you today!

    1. Since I never set out to write and publish this prayer, I am so grateful that the Lord had other plans in mind when He put these words on my heart. We have an Air Force base in our town and many military families in our church. I have learned so much about faith, hope, and perseverance from these families. Thank you for joining me in prayer for our military, Valerie.

  2. What a very sweet {and fitting!} post! My sister and family are in the military and knowing others are praying for them is such an encouragement! Thank you for this post!

    1. I printed off this prayer for a couple of my friends who are Veterans yesterday. I told them I would be praying this prayer often for them. I intend to keep that promise! The Lord has been convicting me to spend more time in intercessory prayer, and writing my prayers really helps me do this.

      I will never forget this quote by Oswald Chambers, “Payer does not equip us for greater works— prayer is the greater work.”

      Blessings to you and your sister! Send me her name, and I will add her to the list of military families I am praying for.

  3. This is so moving Sarah! In my safe little chair, in the protection of house, in my quiet neighborhood it is hard for me to comprehend all that our military members and their families go through. Thank you for this very important prayer and reminder! Your #livefree neighbor, Cindy

    1. Cindy, I struggle with the very same thing! God, in His wisdom, allowed me to lead a small group at our church that was primarily military. After supporting my mom friends through a few deployments, I began to understand the cost of service on many different levels. I am so grateful for the bravery of the soldiers, and the many sacrifices their families make to support the mission. I look forward to reading your article on gratitude also. Thanks for swinging by this morning.

  4. Thank you for this beautiful prayer. You reminded me of someone very important in my life I needed to call. He served in Vietnam. Without this I’m sure I would have forgotten. It was a pleasure to talk to him.

    1. I am so glad to hear that! I tend to be forgetful, so it means a lot to know that my words reminded you to do something important. Thanks for swinging by and sharing a piece of your story with me.

  5. Beautiful prayer my friend! Well said. Both my father and middle brother served(Army & Marines) along with several uncles and many more. I am beyond grateful for their willingness to serve our country. Thank you Sarah for sharing what god put on your heart. It was truly a blessing! Have a wonderful weekend my friend!

    1. Horace, what a legacy of service! I don’t have any familial connections to the military, but I have so many dear friends who have served. I am grateful that the Lord called me to minister to these families, I would guess that Hubby and I have walked through at least 10 different deployments within our little group. Many occurring during the same season, but each one unique in it’s set of challenges. I am grateful that this prayer has given me the opportunity to know more about you and others who have stopped by and shared a piece of their story with me.

  6. Sarah, I too know what’s it’s like to say goodbye to a loved one, unsure of whether they will return safely. I’m so thankful for their service and their sacrifice and they need to uplifted daily in prayer. Thank you for sharing your prayer.

    1. Crystal, I have never been one to handle uncertainty all that well. I am a self-diagnosed control freak. That’s why I have so much respect and appreciation for individuals who chose a life of service. It’s so far from the type of life I have chosen to live. My heart breaks for how many deployments military families have had to endure over the past decade. Those uncertain goodbyes are coming all too often in this day and age. Prayer is a powerful tool that any Christian can employ to support our troops and we should be using it daily. Thank you for taking the time to share your story.

  7. Thanks for this post. My son in law is in the military and is deployed in the Bahrain area. It makes me so nervous these days.

    1. Rebecca, I cannot imagine! I have only experienced deployment from a support standpoint (supporting the families back home), but from my experience it can be more difficult to be the one at home than the one at war. Not to say that the soldier’s life isn’t a challenge, but at least they know where they are and what they are doing (and that they are ok). The unknown is a scary place to live for an extended period of time. I will spend some time praying for you and your son this morning. Thank you for stopping by and sharing your story with me.

  8. Love this post Sarah, and I love your heart for our military. I’m excited to share this post on our PlantingRoots FB page. We are a ministry for spiritual encouragement for military women. They will love this post too.

    1. Thank you so much for being willing to share my words with your audience. This is one of those blog posts I never intended to write and publish, but I am so grateful the Lord prompted me to do so. Blessings in your Ministry!

  9. Beautifully stated prayer Sarah. I am sharing this today. My father,middle brother, and many other close relatives served our country proudly. I thank God for their sacrifices and service. Blessings to you and yours this holiday weekend!

  10. Thanks for sharing this heartfelt prayer with us at #LMMLinkup. I’ve had several family members in the military. My grandfather actually fought in France during WWI. I’m sure it was a very hard time for him. Your prayer is so good. It could be prayed almost any time for those who serve in this way. Blessings to you!

    1. Crystal, I have walked through many deployments with my dear friends, and learned so much about the sacrifice families make at wartime. Although I am not a military person myself, I have learned so much by their example of courage and steadfastness. Thank you for taking the time to pray with me for our military today.

  11. Your prayers are always so inspiring and heart felt. I love what you do with your blog. A beautiful prayer for all of the beautiful souls who have served our country.

  12. Thank you for this post. How very fitting and powerful! My niece’s husband was just deployed yesterday from South Dakota. I will be keeping him, his family and all who serve our country and sacrifice as Jesus sacrificed for us in my prayers daily and repeating your prayer! Thank you Sarah!

  13. I praise God for these amazing men & women who do this to defend our freedom. In today’s world, it’s getting crazy and knowing that they are always there brings some peace.

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