What if no one was willing to risk his or her life to defend our country? Or what if families didn’t have the courage to let their soldiers enlist, knowing they might never see them again?


Last month we celebrated the National Day of Prayer. This month we honor those who have died defending our country. As we pray for our leaders and communities, let’s place the protection of our military high on our prayer list. Let’s also intercede for the soldier’s families – especially those who can never welcome their soldiers back home.


We owe a great debt to those who are serving and have served. Without them, we’d be vulnerable to our adversaries and suffer unthinkable terror and bondage like other nations.


We want our children and grandchildren (and their children and grandchildren) to live in a free country. To understand the cost of freedom. And to never ever take our great (albeit imperfect) country for granted.


What would happen if we taught them to join fellow Americans to pray, as a nation, for our nation? How different would the future generations be if more of us earnestly prayed for our country, including those who serve in our armed forces? Think about how glorious our intercession could be for America – and for the nations who benefit from our influence.


Conversely, imagine where our country would be today if no one ever prayed for our country, our military and their families. Or if we ignored our Gold Star families (families of fallen service members).


If we teach our younger generations well, perhaps they’ll learn to respect our nation’s leaders and our military. To honor our flag. To better appreciate our Gold Star families.


If we commit to intercede for our leaders and our armed forces – and teach future generations to do the same – we could become a country whose values God can bless.


Do our country and its leaders really need our prayers? Would our military and their families notice if we were to intercede on their behalf?


What do you think?


Sheryl H. Boldt is the author of the blog, www.TodayCanBeDifferent.net. Connect with her at SherylHBoldt@gmail.com.