Friday, January 28, 2005

Pray for the troops

An army chaplain reportedly sent an email asking for prayers for his transportation battalion in the run up to the Iraqi election (see below). Whether or not email is legit, we should pray for all the troops. Democracy in Iraq is a noble cause:

"As a transportation battalion, my unit will be delivering the voting machines and the ballots to villages and cities throughout Iraq during the upcoming elections. (January 30/31) Our convoys are prime targets for the insurgents because they do not want the equipment to arrive at the polling stations nor do they want the local Iraqi citizens to have the chance to vote; timely delivery must occur so that the elections occur.

"Encourage your friends and family members and those within our churches to pray specifically for the electoral process. Historically, the previous totalitarian regime would not allow individual citizens to vote.

"Democracy will not be realized in Iraq if intelligent and competent officials are not elected to those strategic leadership positions within the emerging government; freedom will not have an pportunity to ring throughout this country if the voting process fails. Announce this prayer! request to your contacts throughout your churches, neighborhoods, and places of business.

"Those with leadership roles within the local church post this message in as many newsletters and bulletins as possible. There is unlimited potential for God's presence in this process but if we do not pray then our enemy will prevail (See Ephesians 6:10-17). A prayer vigil prior to the end of the month may be an innovative opportunity for those within your sphere of influence to pray.

"This is a political battle that needs spiritual intervention. A powerful story about God's intervention in the lives of David's mighty men is recorded in 2 Samuel 23:8-33. David and his warriors were victorious because of God's intervention. We want to overcome those who would stand in the way of freedom. David's mighty men triumphed over incredible odds and stood their ground and were victorious over the enemies of Israel. (Iraqi insurgents' vs.! God's praying people). They don't stand a chance. I will pray with my soldiers before they leave on their convoys and move outside our installation gates here at Tallil.

"My soldiers are at the nerve center of the logistic operation to deliver the voting machines and election ballots. They will be driving to and entering the arena of the enemy. This is not a game for them it is a historical mission that is extremely dangerous. No voting machines or ballots. No elections. Your prayer support and God's intervention are needed to give democracy a chance in this war torn country. Thank you for reading this e-mail. Please give this e-mail a wide dissemination.

"Thank you for your prayer support for me and my family. Stand firm in your battles.

"Blessings,
Lyle CH (CPT) Lyle Shackelford
Battalion Chaplain
HHD, 57th Transportation Battalion"

2 Comments:

Blogger Garry Wilmore said...

Whether the e-mail is spurious or not, I agree with its sentiment. I will be following developments in Iraq very closely over the next few days, and I believe the election deserves the prayerful support of all of us. This could be a watershed moment in history, especially if there is a high turnout -- in which case, incidentally, all the media doomsayers would end up with egg on their faces.

10:05 AM  
Blogger Mysticman said...

Hi Barney it never ceases to amaze me how creative people are, especailly the young ones, gives me hope for the future. Anyway I was looking for information on prayer and landed on your page. I was looking more for prayer so Pray for the troops wasn't an exact match but I enjoyed reading your posts. Take Care. I'll bookmark your blog for future.

7:22 AM  

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