Here are insights provided by Army Chaplain and Scott Koeman on how to pray:
- Pray that they would have the peace of Christ with them (especially if they travel outside of this Forward Operating Base) - Pray that they will depend on the love of God to keep them from bitterness at others (who needlessly make life difficult on their subordinates especially when they aren’t the most competent leader). - Pray for their spiritual and emotional resiliency so that regardless of what they face, they will be able to be effective in their military role and responsibility.
- Pray for protection. “As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people both now and forevermore”
- Pray that they will be vigilant if they are called upon to fire upon the enemy. “praise be to the Lord my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle”
- Pray that the enemy will be turned back. “May all who seek to take my life be put to shame and confusion: may all who desire my ruin be turned back in disgrace”
- Pray that they will be fulfilled in their job. Without purpose, time in the combat zone is extremely long and difficult.
- Pray that they finds “good and solid” Christian brothers to have fellowship.
- Pray that if they struggle or are discouraged, they will seek out their chaplain for wisdom and encouragement.
- Pray for the leadership in Platoons, Companies, Battalions, Brigades … depending on what level the soldier works. Leadership can make or break a man.
- Pray that they will resist lowering themselves to lower levels of conversations and instead seek to be an example of goodness and righteousness.