2022 Memorial Day Prayer Honoring Those Who Gave Their Lives for Others

Photo taken in Washington, D.C.

Author: Elton Streyle, Contributor: Noah, Photography and Editing: Ali

Heavenly Father, I come to You in the Name of Your Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to thank You for directing and giving courage to those men and women in the military, as well as other organizations, who have given their lives for the freedom of our country. It is very patriotic to give your life for someone else’s benefit. Proverbs 10:7aThe memory of the righteous is blessed.

Forgive us as a nation for the disrespect that is shown, by some, to those who are wounded physically and mentally after defending and protecting us. Make us aware that it is unacceptable for our nation to have homeless veterans forced to live on the streets as a result of the physical and mental health issues they suffer because of their service. Many veterans are distraught, and even committing suicide.

I ask that You work in the hearts and minds of our government and military leaders to do all that is possible to help our veterans. Encourage us as believers in Jesus Christ to do what we can to share the Gospel with them. That is their only real hope of recovery. Direct them to understand that You gave Your only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to come and die for our sins so that all who choose a personal relationship with You by accepting Jesus Christ as Savior can ultimately reside in heaven and can now experience John 14:27. “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

I also ask that You give healing, comfort, and peace to the caregivers of those who have been injured from the devastations of war, terrorism, and crime. Give the young children in these situations guidance, protection, and draw them to Yourself. Thank you for inviting all of us to do like the Psalmist David did by crying out to You. Psalm 120:1In my distress I cried to the LORD, and He heard me.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

P.S. You can contact the Veterans Crisis Line by calling 1-800-273-8255 and pressing 1, texting 838255, or chatting online here: https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/get-help-now/chat/

2021 Memorial Day Prayer Honoring Those Who Have Sacrificed Their Lives

Photo taken in Virginia.

Author: Elton Streyle, Contributor: Noah, Photography and Editing: Ali

Heavenly Father, I come to You in Jesus’ Name to ask You to direct my thinking to honor those in the military who have paid the ultimate price of giving their life for the many years of freedom our nation has enjoyed. Fighting so that others can go on living and enjoying freedom requires service and self-sacrifice. Thank you that over the years, and still today, many in the military have followed the example of Jesus. John 15:12-13 This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.”   


I ask that You forgive us as a nation and turn us to repentance for the many who are degrading Your Son Jesus, the military, and those You have appointed to protect us from harm. As You did in the past, we need You to lead us into revival and a great awakening.

 
Give us as believers in Jesus Christ a desire to follow the instructions You gave in 1 Timothy 2:1-3Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior.”  


Give healing, comfort, and peace to those who have been injured and to those who have lost loved ones as they recover from the devastations of war and terrorism. I also want to honor the memory of those who have been martyred for their faith in Jesus Christ. The Cross is very offensive to many around the world. Therefore, many are being killed simply for loving Jesus Christ for what He did on the Cross.

I thank You for the wonderful memories of loved ones who have passed on, and had a great influence on my life. To God be the glory. Amen.

Memorial Day Appreciation Prayer 2020

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Photo taken in Virginia.

Author: Elton Streyle, Contributor: Noah, Photography and Editing: Ali

Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, thank you for putting it on the hearts and minds of some freed slaves many years ago to start the tradition of Memorial Day. This holiday is set aside for me to pause and honor those in the military who gave their lives for the freedoms I enjoy.

Thank you for the thousands of military men and women who over the years have sacrificed their lives for others, just like Jesus did for everyone. John 15:13Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.

This Memorial Day, direct me to think about and remember that many of the blessings I have and enjoy come at a high cost of life to others, and that freedom is not free. Encourage me to appreciate their sacrifices with gratitude. Thank you for the men and women who are now serving our country in the military by defending our freedom.

I ask that You give healing and comfort to those who are living with the devastation of war and terror. As hard as it is, encourage the families of these war heroes to think more of the honor of their loved one’s service than their sacrifice. Bless them with the help they need, whether it be physical, mental, or spiritual.

Give all of these people the understanding that You sent Your Son to die so that all who choose a relationship with You by accepting Jesus as Savior can ultimately reside in Heaven. In the meantime, remind them that they can experience John 14:27 if they have a relationship with You. “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not Your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

In Jesus’ Name, thank you for the benefits of the sacrifice of Jesus and many in the military. Amen.

2019 Memorial Day Prayer

Photo taken at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Changing of the Guard

Author: Elton Streyle, Contributor: Noah, Photography and Editing: Ali

Compassionate, all-knowing, Heavenly Father, I come to You in the name of Jesus to thank You for the memories You have given me of loved ones and friends who have passed on. I appreciate how You have spoken to me through their example and actions while they were living. Proverbs 10:7aThe memory of the righteous is blessed.” On this special day, remind all of us who enjoy freedom and peace that throughout the years many have sacrificed their life fighting for our country. There are still many military members and first responders today who live in danger and in some cases give their lives protecting others.

Direct me to be sympathetic to the families whose loved ones have made the ultimate sacrifice. I ask You to bless the men, women and their families who are currently involved in defending our freedom. (Pray specifically for those you know). Give healing and comfort to the families and loved ones who are recovering from the devastation of war and domestic terror and violence.

Thank you for the greatest memory of all, recorded in the Bible in John 3:16, about Jesus dying on the cross, making a way for all who desire salvation, and how those who believe in Christ will ultimately live in Heaven for eternity. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” I ask You to direct me to reflect on the seriousness of this holiday and how it is not just all about fun and games.

Thank you that I can bring these thoughts in Jesus’ wonderful Name, Amen.

Memorial Day Prayer: Honoring Those Who Have Passed On

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Marine Corps War Memorial. Photo taken in Virginia.

Author: Elton Streyle, Photography and Editing: Ali

Compassionate, all-knowing Heavenly Father, I come to You in the Name of Jesus today to thank you for the memories You have given me of loved ones and friends who have passed on. I appreciate how You have spoken to me through their example and actions while they were living. “The memory of the righteous is blessed…Proverbs 10:7

I especially want to thank You for the men and women in the military as well as those in other organizations who have given their lives fighting for the freedom of our country. What an amazing love they show for those around them, for in John 15:13 it says, “greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.

Most of all, I thank You for the greatest sacrifice of all, found in John 3:16 about Jesus dying on the cross and making a way for all who desire salvation. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Bless the men, women, and their families who are serving our country to defend our freedom. I ask that You would give healing and comfort to the families and loved ones who are recovering from the devastations of war and terror.

Thank you for sending Your Son to die so that all who choose a relationship with You can ultimately inherit Heaven and can now experience the reality of Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

Thank you that I can bring these thoughts in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

 

Memorial Day Prayer

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Korean War Veterans Memorial. Photo taken in Washington, D.C.

Author: Elton Streyle, Photography and Editing: Ali

Compassionate Heavenly Father, thank you for the memories You have given me of loved ones and friends who have passed on and for how You have spoken to me through their example and actions while they were living. “The memory of the righteous is blessed…Proverbs 10:7

I especially want to thank You for the men and women in the military as well as those in other organizations who have given their lives fighting for the freedom of our country. It is not a small thing to give your life for someone else’s benefit.

Most of all, I thank You for the memory You have recorded in the Bible in John 3:16 about Jesus dying on the cross and making a way for all who desire salvation: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Enable me to appreciate and honor the memories of all those who have gone before me. Bless the men, women, and their families who are serving our country to defend our freedom. Give healing and comfort to the families and loved ones who are recovering from the devastations of war and terror.

Thank you for sending Your Son to die so that all who choose a relationship with You can ultimately inherit Heaven and can now experience the reality of Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

I bring all these thoughts in Jesus’ Name, Amen.