Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2002]
At 10am this morning I received a prayer request from church. Cathy Mitchell, who attends Spring Hills, called in to our secretary. Her husband, Tony, is an Air force commander in Afghanistan. She received an urgent
God Bless our troops!
At 10am this morning I received a prayer request from church. Cathy Mitchell, who attends Spring Hills, called in to our secretary. Her husband, Tony, is an Air Force Commander in Afghanistan.
She received an urgent email from him this morning. It said, "We need Christians to pray, pray, pray. We're in a Blood Bath here!" Please pray for God's protection of our troops and HIS wisdom for their commanders.
Pass this on to as many as you think will respond.
Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. I ask this in the name of Jesus, our Lord and Savior.
When you receive this, please stop for a moment and say a prayer for our ground troops in Afghanistan. There is nothing attached.... This can be very powerful.... Just send this to all the people in your address book. Do not stop the wheel, please.... Of all the gifts you could give a US Soldier, Prayer is the most powerful.
Origins: This urgent plea began hitting our inboxes in mid-March 2002. The original version was a single paragraph and included an
Is it real? What we know so far is:
- Although the domain portion of the
- None of the churches named (or located in towns named) "Spring Hills" that we located and queried knew anything about this message.
- Queries to the U.S. Air Force about this message produced no useful information.
- There have been no news reports of U.S. military troops' involvement in any sudden emergency or catastrophic action in Afghanistan that might reasonably be termed a "blood bath."
- An Air Force officer's reacting to a crisis situation by sending a frantic
In 1944, General George S. Patton, Jr. directed Chaplain O'Neill of the Third Army to compose a prayer to entreat the assistance of the Almighty in ameliorating the miserable weather Third Army was having to fight while battling the Germans as well. The prayer was commissioned around
On the 23rd, the day after the following prayer was issued, the weather cleared and remained perfect for the next six days.
Last updated: 7 April 2008
Patton, George S. Jr. War As I Knew It. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1995 ISBN 0-395-73529-7 (pp. 184-186).