Beyond Blue

Beyond Blue

Prayers for Our Soldiers

The following prayers are from “A Prayer Book for Soldiers and Sailors.”
Grant us, O Lord, in all our duties thy help, in all our perplexities thy counsel, in all our dangers thy protection, and in all our sorrows thy peace; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.
Grant to us, Lord, we beseech thee, the spirit to think and do always such things as are right; that we, who cannot do any thing that is good without thee, may by thee be enabled to live according to thy will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O Almighty and most merciful God, of thy bountiful goodness keep us, we beseech thee, from all things that may hurt us; that we, being ready both in body and soul, may cheerfully accomplish those things which thou commandest; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
We beseech thee, Almighty God, look upon the hearty desires of thy humble servants, and stretch forth the right hand of thy Majesty, to be our defence against all our enemies; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Lighten our darkness, we beseech thee, O Lord; and by thy great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; for the love of thy only Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.
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  • Margaret Balyeat

    And thank you, lord, for all those young men and women who have willingly/are willingly served/serving our country and the cause of freedom as they daily put their own lives in peril. Be with them, please and with the familie they left behind, especially those having to cope with the death of their loved one in uniform. Also, please keep them mndful of the value of all lives as they’re put in the position of having to take the life of another or lose their own. May we treat them with the respect and honorthey deserve when they return home. Too often, thers is a thankless job even though without them our own freedom might well disappear, including our precious right to worship You as we each so choose without having to hide ourselves as we do so.

  • therapydoc

    We say prayers for our soldiers (Jews) every day. Often parents of soldiers fast twice a week for them. It’s one small proactive strategy. Helps us cope and for all we know, totally works.

  • purplefox

    Thank you for your beautiful prayer. I couldn’t have said it better. May God Bless our men and women who are fighting FOR us…………

  • Susan

    You know, my husband is retired from the Special Forces and I’m very proud of his service and for all the guys and gals who serve. They do it for us and our country. It’s called Pride. Sad that they come home to protestors. But, that’s what this country is about. Being able to speak your mind and agree or not with how things are. Bless you to all the men and women!

  • Dustin Gabel

    Thanks for the prayers for the soldiers of the armed forces like myself. The only real issue I find in the “prayers for our soldiers” is the lack of respect for soldiers who do have other religions. At home I am a member of an active coven. On my 2nd deployment to the middle-east I was accused by several NCO’s of being a satanist, and that DID infact reflect upon how I was treated for the rest of the deployment, but no, I am Wiccan, and there many of us out there besides myself who are as well, some of them hide it, and some like myself dont. I am very outspoken regarding the issue, and will speak my mind on any issue regardless if it offends someone or not, if I feel that I am being plagerized for my religious means then I will in any and every way possible put my perverbial foot where the sun doesnt shine. So with that, thanks for the support! Im not into politics, dont really care about the political system, what I do care about is doing my job here and overseas and doing what needs to be done.
    SGT Gabel
    1344th T.C.

  • Queen Of Hearts

    I am a “soldiers angel” with (soldiers )an “amazing,caring group who write letters cards and send care packages to a soldier that may not get much mail form home” I was sent & blesses on mothers day with a young man in iraq, so I now have 5 grown children,4 of my own and justin now too, but I have always said prayers for all the men & women that are serving & protecting and fighting day & nite for us here at home! I feel that alot of americans need to give them More support and recognition when ya see a soldier at the airport or any where in public please dont be shy ,say a heartfull thank you to him/her and let them Know we are with them always ! I proudly hang my flags and yellow ribbons to my trees and flag pole for all of them !there ars so many groups that are in need of us here to support and volunteer to send them cell phone cards, helping the wife’s & family’s struggling here at home too ! so please reach out and touch a soldiers life too !

  • Carolyn Hambrick

    I pray for our men and women each and everyday, that they be blessed to return home to their families. I thank all of them for defending our freedom. I know what it is to lose someone to this war, his name was Sgt. Jonathan B. Shields, he was killed in action almost four years ago, and it still hurts me to this day. Each time I here of another young man or woman being injured or killed my heart breaks.
    I am very proud of them for putting their lives on the line for us to keep our freedoms. There are not proper words to really say thank you, but I am grateful and appreciative for all those men and women who are willing to go to war for the United States of America. This includes all the veterans who have fought in the wars before and every time I see one I say thank you.
    God Bless all of you, and God Bless America!

  • Sharon S

    As the mom of a soldier currently serving in the US Army and deployed to Iraq, (our only child) I could NOT get through the day without the prayers and support of friends and families (known and unknown to us)that pray for us daily, weekly and unceasingly. My son has said many times that he can feel the prayers (especially during the times of greatest peril or imminent danger) and he feels it’s the prayers that define the outcome of his missions and excursions. There have been close calls, but he has made it through. With prayer all things are possible. The prayers are appreciated. Many thanks.

  • Jean Westfall

    I pray every day for our soilders that they will be kept out of harms way. My husband served in the Army during the Bay of Pigs uprising. He wasn’t wounded but recieved several medals. I think he was spared because he had a wife at home praying every day for God to keep him safe. We all need to pray for the families of our fallen comrads for they suffer much.

  • Elanna

    As a wife who’s husband is on his third tour of duty in Iraq, I thank you for posting the prayers

  • Dawn T

    My son is in the Army, and expects to be deployed late next fall, early next winter. I pray every day for him and all the other soldiers, sailors, marines, and air forces. My heart skips a beat or two every single time I hear of another life lost in this war, but I know that God has a plan for my son. I just pray it involves him living to be a grandparent. Thank you, all those who serve, and all those families who have someone serving, as the families are sacrificing too. May God bless and keep you all in the comfort of His loving arms.

  • Linda Case

    This e-mail is in response to SGT Gabel who feels disrespected because
    “prayers for soldiers” do not include his Wiccan religion. As an author of a book on prayers, I can tell you that it is impossible to include all the prayers in one book that satisfy everyone and the diversity of religions. Not only are there mountains of prayers, but each book represents the perspective or bias of the compiler.
    In our land of abundant religious liberty, you are welcome and encouraged to compile your own book of prayers that would be helpful to your religion.
    Keep in mind the primary principle of who the audience is: GOD.
    When that simple principle is established and internalized, you may feel that some of the prayers in the “prayers for soldiers” book could be helpful to you as well.
    Faith, hope, and love to you in your spiritual life.
    You don’t have to feel like a victim if you start collecting prayers that are helpful to you and eventually others. Perhaps, you may even want to pour your heart out to God in praise and prayer by writing some?

  • sheryl duff

    I have 2 sons who are in the Army National Guard. My lst son just came home on father’s day of 2006 from serving 1 and 1/2 years in Iraq. He is married and has 2 sons. Our youngest is over in Afghanistan with the Military Intelligence. Our 1st son’s MOS is diesel mechanic, and our 2nd MOS is Military Intelligence. Our 2nd son and his unit should be home by Xmas. Our 1st son is suppose to go back to Iraq or Afghanistan in 9/2008. But who knows with the ARMY. I just pray every day for all of our troops to come home safe and sound. We live in PA. We have lost several soldiers the newest one on May 20, 2008 in Afghanistan. I try not to listen to the news or read the paper until someone tells me something happened. My husband and I have been condemned for having 2 sons in the military. The teller where we bank said that she told her son that the military was not an option. I told her that my husband and I are very proud of our sons and that we stand behind them 100% and all of the other soldiers. Thank you for all your prayers and keep them coming.
    From a proud Mother of 2 sons in the Army National Guard

  • Elanna

    My husband is on his third deployment to Iraq. We are so thankful for all of the people that pray for the men and women who served and those they leave behind waiting for thier safe return.

  • MaryAnne Wolfer

    We say a prayer every day for the fighting men and women who enable me to live free. We lost our beloved nephew in April, in Iraq, and pray that no other family has to endure the shattering grief that comes from the loss of a loved one. War violates the order of nature and causes parents to bury their children. Here’s hoping we end this one soon.
    Remember, also, an impassioned plea from your heart works just as well as any written prayer, no matter the religion.

  • Yvonne

    This prayer can give strength to people in situations other than being a soldier. We are called to be soldiers in out everyday life, and in our everyday situations. Sometimes we have personal wars in our lives and they come in the form of circumstances. My nearly 11 month old son is in foster care right now, so that is the war that I am currently a soldier in, and it is a tremendous battle to fight for my sons life and future. This prayer and my situation is aggrivating but also very humbling. I am in full compliance with all of my services for my case to get my baby returned to me. I am not a former drug addict, so I can’t just go to a treatment center and have the judicial system bend over backwards, but I have been working my backside off. I had been out of church fof a number of years and I fianally felt moved to return to church and asked God to place me in the church that He wanted me in, around mothers day. I was raised Pentecostal, but He led me to a Presbyterian church. I am so happy there. Please pray for me that I get my son home with me very soon. Thankyou all in advance.

  • JoJo

    I do not have any family in the military at this time. But my heart and prayers are with all the soldiers fighting and sacrficing their lives for us. I pray for mothers, fathers and loved ones who lost thier family members and friends. GOD can and will heal your wounds. Just trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your understand. I pray each day The Lord’s grace continue to fill your void and his peace and mercy forever surround you.
    Greater Love Hath No Man Than To Lay Down His Life For His Brother….

  • Lynne

    I have the greatest respect for all our veterans past and present. For the heart of a soldier…He stands upon a wall and says “No harm will come to you tonight. Not on my watch.” So I say a prayer for every Watcher On The Wall.

  • Inesia

    GodSpeed and protect our beloved soldiers who believe in fighting for the cause and nation.
    Please bring them home to their families and loved ones.

  • Inesia

    GODSPEED and protect our soldiers who believe in their cause to protect our nation.
    I/We pray for their safe return to their families and loved ones.

  • Elaine

    Thank you so much for these beautiful prayers, and for keeping our military at the forefront of our thoughts and prayers. For those who want to help, or read about our soldiers, dont forget Any

  • Esther

    With Psalms 23 & the Lord’s Prayer, may our soldiers be under God’s guidance and protection, and heal well along with their families/relatives.

  • Dianeq

    My soon was deployed today to Iraq, Staff Sgt. Jose Hernandez. I have been on the computer looking and searching for comfort, my faith in GOD sustains me, but in this moment I was only thinking of myself my only child is gone and in danger. Reading your notes hear made me realize how selfish of me when there are so many of us, mothers who feel the same way. And now I ask of you all to join me and and pray that our sons/daughters return to us and thier families safe, because GOD is almighty and the power of prayer is great!!

  • Harland Eichhorn Jr

    O Lord God Almighty,
    Please deliver me from the hidden traps and diseases that come my way
    cover me with your camouflage may you hide me under your wings this day.
    Let Your truth be my Shield and Protect us against the fiery guns .
    Help me not to be afraid and let me live to see another day ,
    You are my refuge and my home please send angels over me this day.
    Send to us Your salvation and lift us with the eagles high
    make us soar on this today cause you only know the way
    so on the day of terrorists’ attacks in the night; or weapons that fly by day only you lord can protect us and guide us today.
    Help us to tread upon those who show no mercy today
    May the reward to the wicked be to keep us safe this day.
    Give this Prayer to your loved ones May God Bless

  • Courtland Muller

    We need your prayer requests for our soldiers.

    Prayer has come under attack in our Armed Forces and we want to fight back with our prayers

    Post your prayer requests for our soldiers

    Go to and post your pray requests. We have hundreds of churches and prayer warriors ready to hit their knees with your requests.

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