Forgotten now but alive inside Code Name One Alpha, where I give the background.
The South African Army and Police, always started the day with prayer parades. As young men, we probably did not quite understand the value of that but throughout the history of warfare, we found great prayers, famous ones. The problem is that history is not believed. Ask any young lad if he would like to be a soldier and the answer, unless a snowflake, would be “yes.” There is magic in a man or woman in uniform and yet what Union General William Tecumseh Sherman said at Columbus, Ohio, about 15 years after the war, remains true: “There is many a boy who looks on war as all glory, but, boys, it is all hell.”
The older you get, and not necessarily in years, the more you realise the above, and you turn to history if wise, to find answers and inspiration. We know that Lord Nelson, the Royal Navy Admiral, wrote at Trafalgar in 1805: “May the Great God, whom I worship, grant to my Country, and for the benefit of Europe in general, a great and glorious Victory; and may no misconduct in any one tarnish it; and may humanity after Victory be the predominant feature in the British Fleet. For myself, individually, I commit my life to Him who made me, and may his blessing light upon my endeavours for serving my Country faithfully. To Him I resign myself and the just cause which is entrusted to me to defend. Amen. Amen. Amen.”
And yet in January 2020 a Missouri Democrat and United Methodist pastor Emanuel Cleaver wrapped up his prayer in the US House by saying "amen" and "awoman" in a nod to gender equality. That is as ridiculous as the US Congress that has a Jesuit priest as its chaplain since 2011.
Note that “Chaplain” is the way Protestant ministers might be described in the military or police. There is no way that a Jesuit priest can be a “chaplain.” They believe in totally different beings. Therefore, it is extremely misleading to call him that. In July 2019 he tried to do an exorcism in Congress, it failed spectacularly. You don’t have to wonder why.
The same with this Emanuel Cleaver whose exact ending was “We ask it in the name of the monotheistic God, Brahma, and the god known by many different names, amen and awoman.” I have no idea what a “monotheistic God, Brahma, and the god known by many different names” is and call bullshit on it. It is not the Holy Trinity. And he seems to be so retarded that he does not know what Amen means, “it is so; so be it.” It has nothing to do with gender.
We know that Confederate General Robert E Lee also prayed and he took a different approach: “Soldiers! We have sinned against Almighty God. We have forgotten his signal mercies, and have cultivated a revengeful, haughty, and boastful spirit. We have not remembered that the defenders of a just cause should be pure in His eyes; that ‘our times are in His Hands,’ and we have relied too much on our own arms for the achievement of our independence. God is our only refuge and our strength. Let us humble ourselves before Him. Let us confess our many sins, and beseech Him to give us a higher courage, a purer patriotism, and more determined will; that He will convert the hearts of our enemies; that He will hasten the time when war, with its sorrows and sufferings, shall cease, and that He will give us a name and a place among the nations of the earth.” The problem here is the cause, if the cause is wrong, God will hide behind a cloud and ignore you.
George S Patton, the US commander, had a prayer printed and spread around, "Grant us fair weather for Battle. Graciously hearken to us as soldiers who call upon Thee that, armed with Thy power, we may advance from victory to victory and crush the oppression and wickedness of our enemies, and establish Thy justice among men and nations."
South African Army Special Forces has a prayer unique to them:
“Heavenly Father, King of the world, I know that all things are in Your hands, whatever happens to me. As a Special Forces Operator, I am prepared to suffer hardship. I am ready to endure danger, unrest, pain and hurt. I am going to be hungry and thirsty. I am prepared to face the enemy fearlessly, Lord. I am weak. I cannot depend upon my own strength; I do not want to trust in my own abilities. Lord, my God, let me trust in You alone. And above all faith to do my work fearlessly - always. Amen”
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