All I know is, things in the sandbox right now are vicious... our troops and going thru major hell right now... so please, please throw a few extra prayers up thataway! If you have a favorite prayer, or even if you just want to make one up, please post it in the comments section. Even if it's a three-word prayer: "Help them, God." Or even if you googled "prayer for soldiers" like I did and find a few you like... let's get these guys & gals thoroughly covered in prayers, OK? :)
Here's a few I found:
Prayer for The Troops (Author unknown)
"Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives, do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful." -John 14:27 Father, we approach You as the Most High God. We declare that You are the Creator of all things. You set the boundaries of the sea, and stretched out the heavens above. When You act Lord, no one can reverse it, and there is no one who can deliver out of Your hand. We ask Lord that Your mighty hand of protection would be with our troops, that You would surround them with Your favor as a shield. Bless them in the land, and do not surrender them to the desire of their foes. I pray that Your hand of protection would guard them from chemical and biological agents. Give our soldiers wisdom in staying clear of these weapons, and thwart the plans of the enemy to use them. I ask for discernment in separating civilians from soldiers. Help our troops to protect the innocent, and to watch over the needy as they liberate the Iraqi people. Go before them Lord as they press into the battle and be their rear guard. Surround them with songs of deliverance, and keep them from the hands of the enemy. In Jesus name, amen.
For the Safety of Soldiers
Almighty and eternal God, those who take refuge in
you will be glad and forever will shout for joy. Protect these soldiers as
they discharge their duties. Protect them with the shield of your strength
and keep them safe from all evil and harm. May the power of your love enable
them to return home in safety, that with all who love them, they may ever
praise you for your loving care. We ask this through Christ our Lord.
For Courage in the Time of Battle
O Prince of peace, we humbly ask your
protection for all our men and women in military service. Give them unflinching
courage to defend with honor, dignity and devotion, the rights of all who are
imperiled by injustice and evil. Be their rock, their shield, and their
stronghold and let them draw their strength from you. For you are God, for ever
and ever, Amen.
For Hope in the Midst of Destruction
God of mercy, you know the secrets of all human hearts, for you know who is
just and you forgive the repentant sinner. Hear my prayer in the midst of
destruction; give me patience and hope, so that under your protection and
with you as my guide, I may one day be reunited with my family and friends
in peace, tranquility, and love. Grant this through Christ our Lord.
Prayer for Those Who Await a Soldier’s Return
God of all goodness, look with love on those who wait for the safe return
of their loved ones who serve in the armed forces of their country. In faith and
hope, we turn to you for comfort. Grant that we may trust in your mercy and
send an angel to sustain us as we await their safe return. We ask this
through Christ our Lord.
All of the above (except for the very first one) were from here: http://www.franciscanfriarstor.com/prayerrequests/stf_prayers_for_military.htm