In March 2003, there will be 250,000 American troops near Iraq.
If Saddam is hiding weapons of mass destruction, maneuvering
to acquire nuclear weapons and in league with terrorists
from al-Qaeda, the US and allies may begin to disarm Iraq.
Please pray for our President, Government, Military, our Allies and their Families.
Below is a beautiful prayer "Preparing For Battle"
written by Dorothea K. Barwick.
Preparing For Battle
Lord, keep us ever vigilant as our armor is put in place
for the battleground is ready and we need some extra grace.
Let Your blessings fall upon us as we sound the warrior’s cry,
while comforting our loved ones who fear that we may die.
Keep Your hand upon our head when we have no time to pray
for the terror of the war may surround us any day.
Lord, we ask Your choicest blessings on those we must leave behind;
mothers, fathers, sons and daughters...Lord, protect them and be kind.
Hold their hand when they are worried, let our messages get through,
for Lord you know that each of us relies solely on You.
There will be unfamiliar trials that they’re not yet equipped to face,
but by prayer they too will be prepared by Your amazing grace.
Give us courage to face the enemy, help us persevere until the end,
seeking freedom for the oppressed, while our country we defend.
If the days of war are lengthened, Lord, give us added strength to stand
and steadfastly proclaim Your truth over in some foreign land.
Draw us ever closer to You as we bow our heads in prayer,
seeking always to do Your will so we will not falter there.
Let the peace that passeth understanding be etched deeply in each heart,
assured that when You go before us, we will not fall apart.
And if, perchance, we are wounded, or must lay down our life one day,
still with thanksgiving on our lips, we’ll praise You, Lord, all the way.
For You are the joy of our salvation, our hope of life in eternity,
as when we leave this earth behind, we’ll dwell with You in victory.
But until that day’s upon us, bravely we will face anew
every trial, every conflict, armed with Your power through and through!
copy2-9-03 Dorothea K. Barwick
The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him,
and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth;
and with my song will I praise him.
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