If you are burdened to pray for a service member or his/her family who is deployed, what would you say? Consider that far more important than their physical safety is their walk with God. Make that the focus of your prayer, most of the time. [Note: I use the masculine gender because my husband is in the US Air Force, but I do realize that women serve in the military and need prayer, too. Feel free to adjust the gender in this case.]
- Pray that God would supply godly chaplains to minister the word faithfully and boldly.
- Pray that God would enable him to attend services when possible.
- Pray that he would be faithfully reading and meditating on the Bible, seeking God first day by day.
- Pray that God would use the deployment to reveal a need for Christ, and that the service member would grow in his dependence on Him.
- Pray that God would keep him pure in mind and body, that he would be faithful to his wife and family.
- Pray for fellowship with other believers, and the opportunity to share the gospel
And don’t forget to pray for wives and children (and parents) at home.
- Pray that they would continue to love God’s church and use the deloplyment as an opportunity to serve God in a new way.
- Pray that they would trust God and draw near to him even in their loneliness.
- Pray that wives would remain pure in mind and body while their husbands are gone.
- Pray that they would use the opportunities they have gained to minister the gospel to others.
- Pray that God would strengthen the families through separation, that God would reveal weaknesses that need to be addressed, that God would conform each member of the family to the image of His dear son.
Then, do pray for their physical safety. Pray them home!
(Thinking of friends who will have husbands deploying soon. I’m praying for you!)