My Turn: A call to prayer in the time of war

Posted: Friday, March 21, 2003

It was eye-opening, to read that 88,000 military men and women have asked to be "adopted for prayer" in this time of war. See www.presidentialprayerteam.org if you wish to register or adopt the name and branch of your relative or friend. How could we not respond to such a request? At this site, you also may obtain names of those leaders for whom the President of the United States asks us to pray for each week.

Many intercessors, individually and corporately, have been praying for some time to give thanks for their country's leadership (1 Tim. 2:1-4), wisdom and clarity of mind (James 1:5). It was comforting to hear from a Cuban immigrant who had lived under the tyrant, Castro, that she had written a letter of thanks to our President for his determined focus on securing peace and safety for us, our children, and innocents abroad. Go to Department of State Web site, www.state.gov for a list of assistant secretaries, ambassadors and other senior officers. Go to www.ifapray.org for a list of "Operation Enduring Freedom Leaders," such as joint chiefs of staff and other decision makers.

Many Christians have followed Jehoshaphat's example, by fasting when they pray (2 Chron. 20:3). For a daily prayer guide , explanation of a Christian's duty in the time of war, go to www.intouch.org or call 1-800-789-1473 for this brochure.

At this site also you can print or hear three of the most complete sermons on the subject of war. These sermons will provide clarity in the midst of confusion you may feel in hearing the clamoring of competing opinions on this subject.

Some local churches have put up a poster with pictures of their friend or relatives, so that you might pray for them by name.

Some suggestions for shut-ins, seniors, parents, non-churchgoers and others from the Holy Bible to pray for our president and the military include a prayer:

For protection, Psalm 34:7 and Psalm 32.7; for wisdom, James 1: 5; for peace, John 14:26; for inner strength, Ephesians 3:16; for family concerns, 1 Peter 5:7; for rest, Matthew 11:28-29; for unity in purpose, 1 Peter 3:8; for loneliness, Deuteronomy 31:6; for children of the military, Isaiah 54:13, Psalm 68.5; for spouses of the military, Isaiah 40:1; for angels to guard them, Psalm 31:15.

I hope this article will not only provide resources for you, but will also unite the Juneau community in offering tremendous support to our troops by serving their families while they are away. That we will remember their parents, spouses and children with prayer and acts of kindness during their deployment. One effective way to know who they are, is to cut out the articles in the Juneau Empire that have given the names of some of the 309 military who have been deployed from Alaska, including "Ready at the front: Juneau residents serve," by Masha Herbst.

Sue E. Miller is a senior and Christian who lives in Auke Bay.



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