I recommend the article by Pastor Giles at the link
below for your consideration and reflection on
One of my favorite movies is of General Patton - a
dedicated Episcopalian churchman and Soldier of
Prayer. Patton called upon his Chaplain on December 8,
1944 to publish an imprecatory prayer for good weather
and victory and this was distributed to every man in
the Army -- 250,000! On December 19-20 the prayer was
answered. As the Army moved north to relieve Bastogne,
there was an unexpected break in the weather that
lasted a week.
" Almighty and most merciful Father, we humbly beseech
Thee, of Thy great goodness, to restrain these
immoderate rains with which we have had to contend.
Grant us fair weather for Battle. Graciously hearken
to us as soldiers who call upon Thee that, armed with
Thy power, we may advance from victory to victory, and
crush the oppression and wickedness of our enemies and
establish Thy justice among men and nations."
Patton also told his Chaplain to get the troops and
chaplains into continuous prayer and directed so
officially. I highly recommend you see the entire
Patton Prayer story at this site:
Finally, I bid your prayers for the battle success of
our allied forces in Iraq so as to stop those evil men
who wish to destroy the peace, democracy, and freedom
we are trying to establish.
Mark S. Carroll
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