This month's prayer focus is military.
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Prayer Focus: Military


It isn't a random coincidence that April's prayer focus is the military, and the guest for the upcoming prayer breakfast has had first hand, active duty and deployment experience in the mission fields of the two branches of the U.S. military.  They say there are no atheists in foxholes, meaning God becomes very real when one is face-to-face with death.  The military may be just another job when stationed state-side, but when troops get deployed, everything changes.

But is the God of the Bible allowed in the public sector of military? Are men and women who hunger for the comfort of a loving Savior in the heat of active duty and uncertain safety encouraged?
Recent Headlines
  • U.S. military ‘hostile’ to Christians under Obama; morale, retention devastated
    (The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 15, 2015)
  • More than 38,000 service personnel, veterans or civilian defense workers with complaints about violations of their freedom to believe or not to believe, and 96% of these complaints come from Christians (The Economist - Sep 9th 2014)
  • A federal court has sided with a Sikh soldier working to secure a religious exemption for his beard and headwear under U.S. Army regulations. (Catholic News Agency - )
  • Obama’s VA Facility Bans ‘Merry Christmas’. (Breitbart - 20 Nov 2015)
  • U.S. Navy booting Bibles from base lodges. (NE News Now - Tuesday, August 12, 2014)
  • Group Demands Commander Rescind Support for Christmas Campaign. (Military - Oct 19, 2015)
  • VA Chaplain: Gov’t Made Me Hide Crosses and Pictures of Jesus, Banned Me From Reading Bible Aloud. (The Daily News - May 30, 2014)
  • The argument over whether to say "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Holidays" on Dec. 25 has been going on for years, but one group reportedly made an official decision on the matter: The U.S. Army. (International Business Times - 12/24/13)
Recent Court Cases Involving Active Duty Military or Veterans
  • Marine Court-Martialed for Posting Bible Verse (October 2015)
  • Navy Threatens to End Career of Decorated Chaplain (March 2015)
  • Bladensburg World War I Veterans Memorial Case (December 2015)
  • Airman Persecuted for His Faith (August 2013)
  • Fight Continues for Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial Cross (August 2014)
  • Should A Pastor Be Allowed to Pray in Jesus Name in Public?  (October 2011)
  • The Return of The Mojave Desert Veterans Memorial Cross (January 2013)
  • Tearing Jesus Memorial Statue Down (May 2012)
The pressure on members of the military and veterans has increased drastically in recent years and may military chaplains are experiencing restrictions in their ability to openly share the Bible or it's message.  When the vulnerability of the population these chaplains are there to serve is considered, the implications are clear-- spiritual guidance is often withheld from the very people seeking such guidance.

Pray specifically for troops, the legal cases, each branch of the military (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard), veterans and for the spiritual strongholds in the military to be broken (Ephesians 6).
And don't forget to thank those who have served and their families for the religious freedoms most of us still enjoy!
Only 35 days until the National Day of Prayer: Faith in America Under Fire breakfast event. Get your $5 discount tickets before April 4, 2016 at your church or at  Ticket prices go up to $10 on April 5th through the website; churches may have discount tickets available after April 4th.  If you want to pay by check, your checks can be mailed to Answered Prayers LLC, 732 S 11th Street #221, Niles MI 49120.  Credit card orders for bulk tickets should be e-mailed to
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Don't Forget . . .

With all the troubling events taking place, remember Christians that being persecuted around the world and our country's leaders in your prayers. 
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