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While They Serve
By Edie Melson

6 Ways to Pray for a Soldier at War

Sometimes praying for a soldier at war can be overwhelming.

There’s just so much we want to cover, to make sure they’re covered. Today I’d like to share the list I use when I pray for our military men and women serving in harm’s way:

Making good decisions is something we all struggle with, but when our choices could have life-and-death consequences, the pressure to choose correctly increases exponentially. That’s when having God’s perspective can give us the confidence to move forward with the hard job ahead.

Strength comes in many forms: physical, mental, emotional. God can equip the ones we love to triumph over incredible circumstances, no matter whether what obstacles lie in their paths.

Trying circumstances can deepen our faith–or destroy it. When we remain focused on God, a stronger faith is the result, and that’s our prayer for those who serve.

This world can be a scary place, especially when a loved one is serving half a world away. God can provide the protection we can’t.

Peace can be elusive, even in the ordinary routine of everyday life. Peace in the middle of a war zone is unthinkable–until we turn to God–then it settles joyfully over our minds and hearts.

Those Close to Him
No soldier fights alone, and it’s often those serving with him who can protect him. When we pray for those surrounding our loved ones, we increase the coverage that keeps them safe.

This is my list; now I’d like to know what you’d add. How do you pray for your soldier at war?


Edie Melson is a leading professional in the publishing industry. She also knows what it’s like to send a loved one off to war. Her oldest son went from high school graduation, to Marine Corp boot camp, to Iraq; where he served two tours fighting on the front lines as an infantry Marine. Fighting Fear: Winning the War at Home When Your Soldier Leaves for Battle, is Edie’s first book for those with a loved one who serves. Look for her newest book for military families debuting summer of 2015: While My Soldier Serves: Prayers for Those with a Loved One in the Military. You can also connect with Edie on Twitter and Facebook.