How to Pray for Our Troops This Christmas

By   •   December 18, 2009

We asked chaplains at Fort Leonard Wood and Fort Bragg for ideas on how people can pray specifically for the military this Christmas and year-round. Please join us in lifting up the prayers they submitted.

At Christmas:

  • That soldiers will find peace and joy in the fact that God sent His son, Jesus to be our Savior, Redeemer and Shepherd.
  • That deployed military will reach out to one another during Christmas rather than recluse to themselves.
  • That Christian men and women will share their faith with their battle buddies.
  • That families of deployed military will know the peace, joy and love that God offers through Jesus.
  • For families to find reconciliation and forgiveness as they reunite after deployment.
  • For military and families grieving the loss of loved ones in combat.
  • Pray for wounded military recovering from traumatic injuries.

Pray that Soldiers will have Strength:

  • To become their best, carry out their tasks and complete the mission.
  • To make tough decisions, and command with morality and wisdom.
  • To serve others and set the example, demonstrating American virtues.

When our Service Members are:

  • Training: that they will have strength to develop and build themselves and their units.
  • Deployed and in harm’s way: that God will grant them strength to face the challenges before them (protection and safety).
  • Wounded and recovering: that God will help them to rebuild, find purpose, accept their situation, and love themselves as they are.
  • Returning home: that they will be able to forgive (post traumatic stress disorders).
  • Reintegrating with family: that they will have the strength to live with value, loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, personal courage.

For Military Families:

  • That God will help soldiers to lead and nurture their families as spouses and parents.
  • That they will rely on God’s protection and safety, both at home and when deployed.
  • That God will help them face the challenges before them – separation and hardship.
  • That families will accept returning wounded warriors who may have traumatic brain injuries, disfigurement and dismemberment.

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  1. Marla Polanski says:

    To the military service people, you are not forgotten. You are on our minds, on our hearts and in the prayers of many Americans. Love is sent to you from us in the homeland. God Bless You and God Bless America.

  2. May Scocco says:

    Keep your head in the game. We are engaged in your battles. We may not be on the field, but we share an active interest in your progress. Praying your teams are alert an actively focused. don’t
    loose heart, and don’t slide back. Stand in God’s Peace. Your sister, may

  3. Garnet Vicars says:

    Thank you for being obedient to the Spirit of God!

  4. Carol Smith says:

    My son Donald will soon be commissioned as a 2nd LT in the Air Force. He will be leaving in September for flight school. I never wanted my son to be part of the military. This was a choice he made himself and seems dedicated to serving his country. Please keep him in your prayers for his training and to keep him safe no matter what he does or where he goes. As the time gets closer for him to leave it gets tougher for me to keep my emotions under control. I know he will be a great leader one day.

  5. Margaret Mack says:

    Keep faith remember prayer is the key faith unlock the door. Never give up, help is on the way. When the sun is shinningGod Iis smiling.

  6. Mary Free says:

    Thank you sincerely for your love and support for our troops and their families. My brother, Mark Robertson was killed in Vietnam. He was a Marine and a hero. My family was devastated when he died. They have never recovered from losing him. Please pray for my Dad, Ed Robertson; my Mom, Ona Robertson; and my brother, Chip Robertson (he is an atheist). Thank you for all you do for the furtherance of His Kingdom!!!
    For God’s Glory,
    Mary Free

    1. Marla Polanski says:

      My prayers are gone up concerning your post.

  7. Guy E.L.Moorhead says:

    I was unable to serve for our country,however I have the utmost respect for all who have.

  8. matt dailey says:

    god bless all

  9. Michhael. Lavin says:


  10. homer salter says:

    We thank God for you glory be to God