My daughter is deploying to Iraq this evening, and I am asking for prayers for her and for her salvation.
I will think of her and keep her before the Lord.
I will certainly add her to my list too.
Prayers for your daughter:
Soldier's Psalm 91 Prayer
By Harriet Yoder
O Lord Most High, help me to dwell in your secret place and abide under Your shadow.
Help me to believe and say out loud for everyone to hear that You are my refuge and my fortress; that You are my God; and that in You I put my trust.
O Lord God Almighty, please deliver me from hidden traps and diseases.
Father God, cover me with Your camouflage; hide me under Your wings; and let Your truth be my shield and buckler against the fiery darts—the lies—of the enemy.
Lord Jesus, help me not to be afraid of terrorists' attacks in the night; or weapons that fly by day; or sicknesses that walk in darkness; or destruction that wastes at noonday.
O Holy God, though a thousand fall at my side, and ten thousand fall at my right hand; please let it not come close to me and my companions.
O Lord Most High, let me live to see the reward of the wicked, because You are my refuge and my home. Let no evil conquer me and let no plague come into my house or near my family.
O Lord, my Strength and my Redeemer, please set angels over me to keep me in all Your ways, to bear me up in their hands and to keep my feet from stumbling.
Father God, help me to tread upon the lion and adder and trample the young lion and the dragon under my feet.
Lord Jesus, I love you with all my heart and I know Your name. Deliver me and lift me on high to soar with the eagles. I call upon you to be with me in times of trouble to deliver and honor me because I know Your name. Please show me Your salvation and satisfy me with a long life.
I ask this prayer in the name of Jesus Christ
A study guide which may be of special interest to those in the military: Deuteronomy 20 - Instructions Concerning Warfare
This just in from my daughter:
I am scheduled to start the process of leaving Iraq at midnight on the 13th. the process involves lots of waiting and at least 3 airplanes in 3 countries.
Thank all of you who have kept her in prayer. I would appreciate continuing prayers.
Great News, Leslie and I will continue praying...here's hoping she's "feet dry" over the US soon.
This request from Tania, who is back stateside and adjusting:
We are asking everyone to say a prayer for "Darkhorse" 3rd Battalion 5th Marines and their families. They are
fighting it out in Afghanistan and have lost 9 marines in 4 days.
Let Tania know we will keep them in our prayers.
I'm going to pray for them right now...
~Father, we come to You, our great Protector and Provider and ask that you protect the men of Darkhorse 3rd Battalion 5th Marines as they engage in battle against the enemy as we speak.
You know each of these Marines by name. You know their thoughts, their needs at every moment, every second of the battle. Thank you for being with them. Let them know You are by their sides. We ask that you give them strength to endure in combat against enemy forces. Keep them focused in their mission. Keep their hearts open to Your leading and let Your presence give them the courage to follow You. Give them peace of mind in the midst of the chaos. Let them know that You are the one and only true Semper Fidelis.
For their families and friends who await their return, give them the same strength and patience to endure. Fill their minds with comfort, Your 'peace that passes all understanding', which is the only thing that can calm their fears.
Father, it is so difficult to be seperated from the ones you love. Not being able to help or protect them from the enemy. But, You know this all too well - better than anyone on earth or in Heaven ever can or ever will. You understand their worry. Lift their heavy burdens and sadness and replace it with Your encompassing love.
Give all the Marines and their families the strength to say, "Father, Your will be done".
We ask this in the name of Your precious Son, Jesus Christ, the One who gave His life willingly for us.
On a somewhat related note...
Tomorrow, 10 November 2010, marks the 235th birthday of the U.S.M.C.
I'm certain that all those who will be celebrating at Marine Corps Birthday Balls and special events around the country will - as they do most everyday - pray for their fellow Marines who are actively engaging the enemy on foreign soil.
"The Corps" birthday celebration is always bittersweet...
On a tangential note...
This month also marks the 67th anniversary of the assault of the Second Marine Division on Betio Island, Tarawa Atoll: 20 - 23 November, 1943. Since that time, it has been known as the "Bloodiest Battle of the Pacific".
In 76 hours of hell, on an atoll about the size of Central Park in NYC, nearly 1,000 Marines were killed; over 3,300 total casualties.
The total number of enemy killed on Tarawa: 4,690.
My father was a 21-year old scout sniper, among the first Marines to disembark to clear the pier on Tarawa.
By the grace of God alone, he survived. He went on to serve another three decades as a Marine.
Now at 88 years old, those memories of that 76 hours of hell have never left him. In fact, just a few weeks ago, a psychologist from the V.A. was talking to him about his experience. As clear as a bell, he recalled - and voluntarily told her - that "the pictures of what happened are always there, especially when I close my eyes and sometimes when I sleep at night".
If you knew my Dad and knew his 'cognitive challenges' at this point in his life, you would be as astounded as I was when I heard what and how he related his thoughts. There are some things that time, and dementia, will never erase.
But, we can rejoice in the fact that Dad is a 'believer' and has always relied on his "Heavenly CIC" to guide him through the trials in life. Now, he'd be the first to tell you that he hasn't always been as faithful as he should have been, that he has made mistakes along the way (as we all have). But always he has looked to the Father, who is indeed "Always Faithful" to be right there with us.
Praise Him that He is!
I'd also like to add to my prayers all those who have returned from deployment and are 'adjusting' - like Tania :)
With His strength, it can be done. Lean on Him, run to Him. Tell Him everything - all your feelings, your frustrations, your joys, your sorrows. Let Him know if you're angry, tell Him exactly what is bugging you. Ask Him to help you sustain, even if you don't "feel" his presence. Know that He is there, regardless of what you think.
Pray for your families, ask God that He gives them some understanding of your mission, your experiences, etc. Tell them you love them, every day. And always, always, give thanks.
Blessings to you and yours, Tania.
I found this very old thread and before starting a new one would look to see if one existed.
Anyway, I got this prayer request from a Pastors wife who lives next door to us. The Pastors mother was hit by a car in a parking lot and had to be flown by helicopter to a hospital with a trauma center more than 80 miles away. When she was struck by the car it broke her hip and broke her wrist. They have placed a pin in her hip and are going to be placing a pin in her wrist tomorrow. The Pastor also has a sister who is recovering from ankle surgery in a separate incident.
So, bottom line...He has one sister traveling in to be with their Mom, one recovering from surgery, The Pastor who is stuck in Maine while this whole thing is happening in Texas, and we are all asking for your thoughts and prayers for this entire family and the medical professionals treating everybody. Thanks.