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.