Mitch Lewis, a US Army chaplain writes:
I don’t see why not. Like squabbling children who cry out “Dad” or “Mom,” we’ll both take our cases before the Lord. In God’s wisdom, mercy and love, God will settle the matter as God sees fit.
The fact that we are praying for success in an enterprise that costs lives shouldn’t stop us from praying for its success. As I wrote in Like David, “How can I participate in something that I cannot ask God to bless?”
So, I’ll pray today for the Iraqi and coalition forces that are fighting on behalf of peace in Iraq. Like others, I’ll be praying for peace and protection of the innocent. I’ll also pray for victory in tactical operations and success in the larger campaign. I’ll not only pray for the safety of our Soldiers and Marines, I’ll pray for the accomplishment of their mission. I’ll not only pray for the healing of minds, bodies and communities, but – like Origen – I’ll pray that “whatever is opposed to those who act righteously may be destroyed!”
What do you think? Can a Christian pray for victory?