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The Common Defense

Suggested Scriptural references ...

The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm 18:2 

Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle...  Psalm 144:1

The Lord is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knows those who trust in Him.  Nahum 1:7

If Your presence does not go with us, do not lead us up from here.  Exodus 33:15


Suggested prayers ...

We ask for Your protection against all enemies foreign and domestic, seen and unseen. 

We pray for those who voluntarily put on the uniform of America's Armed Forces as they serve both abroad and at home.  Please cover those in overt or covert service with Your abundant protection and provision.

We ask You to reveal all the intelligence they need to do their jobs well.

Lord we ask you to bless and protect their families and keep them brave, strong and loyal to their members in uniform.

Receive our profound thanks, Lord, for those who have given their lives in service to America.  We pray for your deepest blessings upon the families of those who have paid the highest price for the welfare and freedom of others. 

We ask You to give new life and vision to those who have lost limb or function in service to our country.  We ask for hope, courage, strength, faith and endurance for each and every one.  We pray for companionship and support for each and every one.  We gratefully thank You for those who care and come along side our warriors who have paid such a high and lasting price for our freedom.

We feel the alarm of war, O God.  Please hear our prayer for those who flee or are displaced due to conflict, especially our brothers and sisters in Christ.  Give them an extra measure of faith in You.  We pray for their protection, provision, peace and comfort in the midst of great difficulty. Guard their lives and their hearts with the hope that only You can provide.  Please give the world's leaders the discernment, wisdom and integrity to do the right thing by You.

Lord, we ask You to protect and lead our leaders in their deliberations and negotiations.  Please give them wisdom to honorably fulfill their Constitutional mandate to provide for the common defense of the American people.  

Lord, we pray for those who defend this country in prayer.  We lift each and every prayer warrior up to You, asking You to keep us attuned to Your Spirit, Your heart, and Your voice.

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“Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity.  Lead them straight and true; give strength to their arms, stoutness to their hearts, steadfastness in their faith... They fight not for the lust of conquest. They fight to end conquest. They fight to liberate. They fight to let justice arise, and tolerance and goodwill among all Thy people. They yearn but for the end of battle, for their return to the haven of home.  Some will never return. Embrace these, Father, and receive them, Thy heroic servants, into Thy kingdom.  And for us at home -- fathers, mothers, children, wives, sisters, and brothers of brave men overseas, whose thoughts and prayers are ever with them -- help us, Almighty God, to rededicate ourselves in renewed faith in Thee... O Lord, give us faith. Give us faith in Thee; faith in our sons; faith in each other; faith in our united crusade... With Thy blessing, we shall prevail over the unholy forces of our enemy. Help us to conquer the apostles of greed and racial arrogances. Lead us to the saving of our country, and with our sister nations into a world unity that will spell a sure peace - a peace invulnerable to the schemings of unworthy men. And a peace that will let all of men live in freedom, reaping the just rewards of their honest toil. Thy will be done, Almighty God.  Amen.”   

President Franklin D. Roosevelt – June 6, 1944 – Radio Address on D-Day



 
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