In December 1944, during the Battle of the Bulge, it appeared that Allied success was about to turn into victory.

Weeks of bad weather, however, kept American planes grounded, allowing the Germans to make a successful counterattack. Soon, the Germans were poised to break through American lines and gain an unexpected victory.

At this dire time, General George S. Patton called in his chief chaplain, General James McNeill, and asked if there was a prayer for weather. The General then told chaplain McNeill he didn’t just want the chaplains praying, but every man in the Third Army to be praying as well.

A prayer was then composed and printed on a small card and given to the 250,000 soldiers. Since it was close to Christmas, a line of holly went across the card, with a Christmas greeting from General Patton above his signature. The card was distributed on December 12-14, and two days later, the weather changed. What seemed likely to be a German victory soon became a German defeat.

The prayer cards below are based on the original one issued by General Patton, even retaining the line of Christmas holly across the edge. See the original prayer card here.

In response to the death of Deputy Darren Goforth in Houston, Texas, we are calling for our nation to pray for Deputy Goforth’s family and for all those who protect and serve our nation.

I encourage you to pray together at the churches in your community. Now is the time. We must unite in prayer for our nation’s first responders.

“Those Who Protect and Serve” Prayer

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Dear Heavenly Father,

We come before you with humbled hearts.  We pray Your protection over all our law enforcement as they faithfully serve our communities.  We lift up to You the family of Deputy Darren Goforth and all the families of our first responders and our military who have lost loved ones.  Comfort them and provide them with Your peace that surpasses understanding in the midst of unimaginable grief.  God we ask for Your healing over our communities.  Let us come together and unite in peace and prayer.

In Your name we pray,

Amen

With all that’s happening in our nation and around the world today, here are three other prayers we will also continue to pray together.

“Never Again Is Now” Prayer

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Dear Heavenly Father,


We ask that You would protect those who are being martyred in the Middle-East and around the globe. Give them peace, comfort and courage in these unprecedented times. We pray that You rescue them and all humanity from this wickedness. Help us to pray, speak, stand, and fight for our brothers and sisters who are being persecuted across the world.  Deliver us from this evil.

In Your name we pray,

Amen

“All Lives Matter” Prayer

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Dear Heavenly Father,

We come before You with humbled hearts. Forgive us that we have allowed millions of Your children to be murdered every year. The time is now for Your Church to rise up and abolish abortion.  We ask that You give us the courage to speak up and stand up for life and to select leaders who are unwavering in their dedication to protecting life.  Deliver us, O Lord, from abortion.

In Your name we pray,

Amen

“For Our Nation” Prayer

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Dear Heavenly Father,

We come before You asking for mercy on our land. We seek Your forgiveness for racial injustice, trivial divisions and the shedding of innocent blood. God, help us amend our ways and our deeds to follow Your will by exercising Your love towards one another. Let us be a nation once again that is blessed because You are our God as we obey Your voice. We pray for an awakening of spiritual revival and renewal throughout America. We turn our lives over to You and we humbly ask for Your healing on our land.

In Your name we pray,

Amen

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