The Simple Details
As I was praying about this upcoming Prayer Tuesday what really seemed to be pulling at my heart was to pray specifically over our military men and women.
Sometimes as a military spouse and mother, our everyday lives can become nothing more than work, chores and various other activities. If we are not careful, “busyness” can become our normal. We learn how to just “go with the flow” of it all and we can get to the point where we are living in a “robotic mode.” When we realize this is happening we need to stop, go back to the basics, and pay attention to the small details.
Details? Yes, the simple details of praying specifically. No, not with a big “TO DO” list; but by making our simple requests known to God by praying whole heartedly before the Lord for others. I would love for our focus this day, and for the rest of the week, to be in prayer for every person who wears the uniform of our nation’s military.
Our heroes need our prayers, more than our busyness and we must remember those who guard of freedom.\
Pray that their hearts will be tender towards God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
“That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9 (NIV)
Pray that they will have wisdom and precise skill as they perform the many duties needed to successfully accomplish the goals that are before them.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” James1:5 (NIV)
Pray for their courage and strength to thrive within their calling.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Joshua 1:9 (NIV
Pray for protection from enemies near and far.
“If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.” Psalm 91:9-12 (NIV)
Pray for those that have been physically injured and those that are silently suffering with emotional pain such as PTSD.
You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.”
Pray for their families that they have had to leave behind in order to answer their call to duty. Pray for the endurance of their families as they stand along side their Service Member to provide love and support.
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 (NKJV)
Pray intentionally and specifically as we direct our hearts towards God on behalf of our Military.
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.
“In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”
Ephesians 6:10-18 (NIV)