Memorial Day Prayer May 31, 2021
Holy Father, Sovereign Commander of all Armies Past, Present, and Future,
We come before You today with somber hearts and minds as we reflect on the brave Americans of every generation that have devoted their lives in defense of our country, our liberty, and our founding ideals.
Yet, even in our weighty reflections, it seems only right that we commit to our own bravery, not for ourselves, but in honor and memory of our military heroes who sacrificed everything for us. Therefore, we set our faces like flint, as we follow in their great footsteps and continue their mission, as I believe, they would most want us to do.
Sovereign Lord, we first and foremost offer sincere praise to You, and with the honored fallen, worship You in spirit and truth. We praise You Father God, that all is well. Though there are vicious enemies abroad, enemies being encouraged and paid to cross our borders illegally, and even an illegitimate regime sitting in our highest government offices—encouraging our enemies while denigrating our citizens—even amidst this tribulation, we are greatly encouraged because You, Father God, remain seated on the Everlasting Throne. “Of the increase of Your government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of Heaven’s armies will do this” (Isaiah 9:7).
“For to us a child was born, to us a Son has been given, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). And as spoken by Isaiah and confirmed by the Son of Man Himself, all authority in heaven, and on earth, has been given to the Son, Jesus Christ, (Matthew 28:18), Who is also the first fruits of our resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:20).
Amidst our mourning for the honored fallen, we have this hope of a Prince of Peace, who rules in justice and righteousness, in whose Kingdom there will be no war, but life eternal. And it is in this hope, the hope of glory, that we pray.
For every parent who weeps for a child, to every child who mourns for a parent, and to every husband or wife whose heart has been torn in two, Almighty Lord, we ask You to comfort their pain, to ease their sorrow, and to wipe away their tears.
Every citizen of the United States of America owes his/her deepest thanks to these families. May we never fail as a nation to express our deep gratitude for the sacrifice of every fallen hero. Jesus Himself said, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lays down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). And in the path of our Great Fallen Hero, our honored fallen have followed and displayed their great love.
In this we are thankful for the National Holiday of Memorial Day. As imperfect humans we have the propensity to forget, to take for granted, and even to allow ourselves to be indoctrinated with incorrect and backwards thinking. Lord, we ask You for grace and tenacity, as we pledge to these families who have given so much: We will never forget our heroes. We say “Yes!” believing that You will empower us from on high, and help us to do all in our power to make sure that future generations receive a proper education concerning our Founding and those who made it possible.
Lord God, today we also remember the more than 82,000 American servicemen and women who remain missing from wars and conflicts fought over the past century. May their friends, families, and fellow warriors find solace in the fact, that though no one on earth knows where these 82,000 heroes rest, there is a loving Father in heaven Who knows each by name, along with the exact location of their final breath on earth. May the loved ones of MIAs and POWs find solace and comfort in this fact. Because no one, regardless of their state, is beyond the grasp of God’s mighty hand. “The One who formed their inward parts, knit them together in the womb, Who saw their unformed substance, who watched as they were made in secret and intricately woven in the depths of the earth” (Psalm 139:13-16), that same One still sees, and still loves, each of the crowning glories of His Creation.
On this Memorial Day, Lord God, we humbly honor these remarkable patriots and firmly renew our commitment to uphold the principles for which they laid down their lives. We are a free people, the only free nation in the history of the world. And our freedom was bought with a price. Freedom must be defended, for even today, we see how easily the corrupt and immoral, those “having no hope and without God in the world” (Ephesians 2:12) will try to sweep it away, and how there is no depth of evil to which they will not stoop to steal our freedom.
Therefore, help up to maintain our sacred duty to remember the courageous warriors who have made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure that our great country would endure. Help us to carry out our responsibility to make sure that their noble acts of dedication to our country and the cause of freedom were not in vain and to comfort the families they have left behind, who bear the heartbreak of their loss.
We The People, together, in the wake of these most honorable Americans who willingly died for freedom, we must continue their mission, to ensure that the light of our Republic continues to shine forth brightly into the world. As President Lincoln said in 1863 during the dedication of the Gettysburg National Military Cemetery: “It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.” Certainly, Father, these “have fought the good fight, they have finished the race, they have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7).
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:1-2). The Everlasting Throne by which we praise God that all is well.
We humbly ask You, Jesus, to give us courage in our faith to follow in our American heroes’ footsteps in whatever capacity You have called us. For we know that it is only in a free nation, a nation free from oppression and tyranny, that we can freely live out, and share, the Good News of Jesus Christ domestically and abroad. Grant us favor, strength, and power “forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13-14).
Jesus, You have promised, “Be sure of this, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20). And that Your church, the Body of Christ, will be built upon the apostolic preaching “and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18). We take courage in these promises, as we see already that our adversaries are shackled by their lies and incapacitated by their corruption. Though they hide behind MSM propaganda, lies, fraud, deception, all the tools of their father satan, who is the father of all lies (John 8:44), we await Your perfect timing when their iniquity will be complete (Genesis 15:16) and their judgment imminent.
As General Arbuckle pointed out in an interview on Saturday, May 29, 2021, the exact, same ideology of Marxism, which gave birth to both Communism and Socialism, the inhumane political ideas of Communists and Socialists, that our fallen heroes traveled to foreign shores to fight AGAINST, moreover, even died while defending other nations against, this evil tyranny and oppression, this exact ideology and ideologues now “resides in the Halls of Congress under the democrat leadership and within the White House.” Indeed, Our Nation is in deep peril.
Sovereign Lord, we plead with You to pour out the Spirit of Truth upon all peoples within our nation! Deliver us from the tyranny and evil of the communists in our government!
Sovereign Lord, help us from this day forward to make our lives count for something and to use the time we’ve been given in a way that honors the sacrifice of so many who have sacrificed everything for our nation. And what better way, than to triumph over the very same ideological enemies domestically, that they fought against on foreign soil. With Your Providence, and by Your Spirit, we know we can be victorious!
We also ask You, Father, to give all of us who remember and mourn on this day an eternal perspective on these events, along with the faith that these brave men and women are resting in true peace with Jesus Christ.
As we each await that true peace, Jesus said, “In the world you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). Our fellow sojourner, and great servant of Christ, encourages those of us still in this world:
What is the argument which He uses to encourage me? Why, it is His own victory. He says, “I have overcome the world.” His battle was much more severe than mine. I have not yet resisted unto blood. Why do I despair of overcoming? See, my soul, the enemy has been once overcome. I fight with a beaten foe. O world, Jesus has already vanquished thee; and in me, by His grace, He will overcome thee again. Therefore am I of good cheer and sing unto my conquering Lord. Charles Spurgeon, Faith’s Checkbook Devotional, May 31
“Thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things? For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God’s word, but as people of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ” (2 Corinthians 2:14-17).
In the Name of our Great Fallen Hero, Who Was Raised by the Power of God, and Who has already conquered the last enemy! Amen.
*Several phrases in this prayer were taken from President Trump’s Proclamation On Prayer For Peace, Memorial Day, 2020.
From President Donald Trump’s remarks at the 2018 Memorial Day Ceremony held at Arlington Cemetery.
General Arbuckle Interview
On May 29, 2021, War Room Pandemic (WRP) host, and former Senior Strategist for both the Trump Presidential Campaign 2016 and the Trump White House 2017, Steven K. Bannon, interviewed several of the Generals who signed an “Open Letter from Retired Generals and Admirals” in early May. The letter begins “Our Nation is in deep peril.”
On May 15, WRP had a special show titled “The American Generals Talk” with several of the signatories discussing the letter and the issues addressed therein.
On May 26, Bannon hosted “The American Generals Talk: Part 2” for a special Memorial Day Weekend show to further discuss the letter. For the record, this show also included an Admiral, in addition to Bannon who is himself a Retired U. S. Navy Admiral.
Major General Joseph “Joe” Arbuckle, a Vietnam Veteran and Founder of Flag Officers For America has led the Open Letter effort for the express purpose of informing the American public of what is happening in their own government.
General Arbuckle was one of the Generals interviewed on May 29. Although there were some connection issues, he still made an extremely profound point, one that is especially appropriate on Memorial Day.
(Please note, the PAGA staff manually transcribed the following interview. We take sole responsibility for any mistakes and will correct them as soon as we are made aware,)
Bannon: [Regarding the letter]Why did you do it?
Gen. Arbuckle: It’s a matter of conscience, basically, Steve. I couldn’t sit back any longer and not do something and so it became the letter. Now, when there’s more time I’d like to dig into “our nation is in deep peril” which, of course, is the opening statement. We are in deep peril. Unless something is done here to turn it around, we are in great danger of losing our constitutional republic as we know it.
Bannon: We do have a crisis in this country, General Arbuckle, but you said “we’re in deep peril.” What do you mean, Sir, “deep peril”?
Gen. Arbuckle: In fact, that’s the opening statement, as you know, in our flag letter. Our nation is in deep peril like no other time in our history going back to our Founding. Let me peel the onion back on that a little bit if I may.
And I’d like to start with the oath that all of us have taken, including you and all the veterans out there and everyone who is serving on active duty today. And of course, that’s to support and defend what? The Constitution of the United States. Against what? All enemies foreign and domestic.
Let me dig in to this a little bit starting with foreign. I think it is particularly appropriate on this Memorial Day Weekend to do that. I was reflecting back on this past week and it dawned on me and struck me that we’ve been in a fight against Socialism and Communism for my entire lifetime. And that’s more than a couple of years. [My lifetime] goes back to the end of WWII where thereafter, of course, we engaged in the Cold War against the Soviets and that continued up until 1989 when the Berlin Wall fell. Now, in that interim we had two shooting wars against Socialism and Communism. First in Korea in the early 1950’s. Who did we fight there? We fought the Communist North Koreans and the Communist Chinese and as a result 37,000 loyal and brave Americans were killed in that conflict against that ideology. Fast forward 10 years into Vietnam. Once again we’re fighting [Communists] and 58,000 loyal and brave Americans were killed in that conflict, their names on that black wall back in DC and that is particularly relevant to me and all the Vietnam Vets and their families, obviously. So, between those two shooting wars, Vietnam, Communist North Vietnam, Korea, (inaudible due to connection,) we lost a total of 95,000 servicemen… (inaudible due to connection)
Bannon: You’ve been instrumental in this letter… up to 176 signatories that basically warned the nation about what the biden administration has done and where it’s headed. General Arbuckle, you said “deep peril,” you already started on that. What is it specially that you are most concerned about, that someone like you who could be out playing golf, [but instead you decide to serve your country again].
Gen. Arbuckle: Right, Steve. You know I was making a point, before we had the [connection] problems, in our oath, we fight external threats and we’ve done that in Vietnam and also Korea and we lost about 95,000 brave soldiers in those fights. But now, let’s shift it into the domestic side. That same exact ideology that caused us those losses, (inaudible) now reside in government, both policies and Congress (connection loss).
Bannon: Why domestically with the Congress, why are we in “deep peril,” Sir?
Gen. Arbuckle: I was making the point and distinction between external threats to our country, that is, foreign threats and domestic. And I’d made the case that we fought the external threat on the battlefield, against socialism and Marxism.
But today, the bottom line, kind of gut punch for me is, and I’m sure millions of other Americans [is that we are fighting domestic enemies, Communists within our own government]. And that is, the greatest threat, as far as survival as a nation, is now internal, or domestic, and it comes from that exact same ideology we’ve been fighting since WWII. And it resides in the Halls of Congress under the democrat leadership and within the White House.
We’re being taken over by this ideology without a shot being fired. The question is, how did this happen and what do we do about it? [We must put our] Constitutional government back in the hands of the people.
Listen To The Interview
Listen to all of General Arbuckle’s interview and his suggestions for restoring our Constitutional government to We The People, and the entire WRP Episodes of “The American Generals Speak: Part 2” on Rumble:
These important, and frank, discussions may also be listened to on the WarRoom Pandemic Podcast, episodes 985 and 986, wherever you listen to podcasts. Or they may be watched/listened to on America’s Real Voice app, which can be downloaded on multiple platforms.