PRAYER FOR DEPLOYED MILITARY PERSONNEL
The Psalmist says: “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
You have reconciled to yourself all those who trust in your Son for the forgiveness of their sins. We pray this day for our deployed military personnel serving around this world.
Watch over our men and women, especially in places like Afghanistan where conflict and strife seem at their worst. Give them courage in adversity, safety in service and protection from harm.
We pray for those who may be sick and injured. Strengthen all who will care for them. Provide ample resources and energy to doctors, nurses and chaplains coping with prolonged work hours and deeply distressing circumstances.
We pray again for the families and loved ones of those deployed. Protect them during their periods of separation and reunite them in joy.
And, heavenly Father, we especially pray this morning for those who are now grieving the loss of loved ones killed on active service. Help them to cast their anxieties upon you, the God of all comfort. Enable others to minister to their needs with sensitivity and respect. And may they know the prayers and support of their fellow Australians.
We ask all these things in the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord.