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. peggy williams says:

    I want to thank god for the things he has done for me I know my prayers have been answered rev graham thanks to you for reminding us to pray for our brave troops and our families what about prayers for our leaders I don’t believe they pray

  2. Rebekah says:

    God bless you for providing this – especially now with the greater danger our troops may be in in light of current actions by the administration. God bless & protect their hearts & minds as well as their very lives. God bless their families.

  3. Ronda Leitenberger says:

    This is a wonderful guide to remind us to pray for the solders as well as the families.

  4. Sally says:

    I want to give thanks to our Lord for the greatness that he has done in our household and my prayer request is that he would cure my husband and myself from pain and suffering that we endure daily in our bodies/joints and sleep apnea all this I ask in Jesus name and in the blood that he shed for us.. Amen

  5. Kathy Watts says:

    Thank you for reminding us to pray for our troops. Our military now face danger both at home and abroad and need our prayers.

  6. Edna Wooten says:

    Thank you Bro. Graham for praying for our military, and setting up this sight . I am thankful that I can be apart of the team. The men and women in the military .are laying their lives on the line for us.. My prayer for them is that God well hide them under his wings and keep them safe, & lift them up .Thank you for all that u do. We put our trust in our God , he never, leave us ,nor forsakes us.

  7. renee saner says:

    thank you so much for the prayers for military I know that it means a lot to the men and women of our armed forces and to their family’s speaking as a mother of one of those young men it mean so much to all of us tonight if they are Christian table after lifting are men and women up we know that God is in control and that he will take care of our young men and women he will have his way but we have to trust and believe they will come home safe. Thank you for your prayers. May God bless you all

  8. Sheila Thayer says:

    Thank You Billy Graham for your simplicity and dedication to our God and to His people . I know that God has a special place in His heart for you and Ruth. I admire your humility and passion for God. You are in my heart and in my prayers.