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Lord, we pray for special protection of our military who are conducting special operations in international waters of the North Arabian Gulf. Keep them safe and bring them home to their families when their duties are complete.
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Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commander Gen. Hossein Salami ordered his naval units on Wednesday to destroy American naval vessels if they threaten the “security” of Iranian vessels in the Persian Gulf.

“I have ordered our naval forces to destroy any American terrorist force in the Persian Gulf that threatens the security of Iran’s military or non-military ships,” Salami said. “Security of the Persian Gulf is part of Iran’s strategic priorities.”

Salami has gained more attention in the IRGC, which is a designated terrorist organization, after President Donald Trump terminated his terrorist colleague Qassem Solemani earlier this year.

Salami’s remarks come after Trump announced on Wednesday that the administration’s new policy towards Iranian gunboats harassing U.S. naval ships was to “shoot them out of the water.”

Trump tweeted on Wednesday, “I have instructed the United States Navy to shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats if they harass our ships at sea.”. . .

The announcement by Trump came after 11 Iranian terrorist gunboats swarmed U.S. naval ships last week. The U.S. Navy revealed details of incident in a statement:

On April 15, eleven Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) vessels repeatedly conducted dangerous and harassing approaches of the USS Lewis B. Puller (ESB 3), USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60), USS Firebolt (PC 10), USS Sirocco (PC 6), USCGC Wrangell (WPB 1332) and USCGC Maui (WPB 1304) while the U.S. vessels were conducting joint integration operations with U.S. Army AH-64E Apache attack helicopters in the international waters of the North Arabian Gulf.

The IRGCN vessels repeatedly crossed the bows and sterns of the U.S. vessels at extremely close range and high speeds, including multiple crossings of the Puller with a 50 yard closest point of approach (CPA) and within 10 yards of Maui’s bow.

The U.S. crews issued multiple warnings via bridge-to-bridge radio, five short blasts from the ships’ horns and long-range acoustic noise maker devices, but received no response from the IRGCN.

After approximately one hour, the IRGCN vessels responded to the bridge-to-bridge radio queries, then maneuvered away from the U.S. ships and opened distance between them.

The IRGCN’s dangerous and provocative actions increased the risk of miscalculation and collision, were not in accordance with the internationally recognized Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS) “rules of the road” or internationally recognized maritime customs, and were not in accordance with the obligation under international law to act with due regard for the safety of other vessels in the area. . .

(Excerpt from The Daily Wire. Article by Ryan Saavedra.)

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April 25, 2020

Almighty God, Here we are. At Your feet. Looking to You Alone. You are the Commander of the navy and all US military forces. It is not by might, nor by power, but by Your Spirit. There is a great battle in the heavenliness right now. And, it is being played out on earth. The very earth that You created. That You sent Your Son, Jesus, to redeem for Your Kingdom. The enemy is no match for You! We come to ask that You would set a hedge of protection around our military servants and the vessels they are on. We ask for angel armies to guard them at sea and on land. And, we extend this to all our armed forces wherever they are. Guard them and draw them close to You. We pray for them to bow the knee, to come to You in prayer. We pray for worship to break out. No weapon that is formed against Yours will prosper. They are in Your keeping. May they see with their own eyes, Almighty God at work and come back rejoicing with testimonies. May You draw close those who do not yet know You. We pray for revival on the ships. This is Your battle. Victory is Yours. All for Your glory! In Jesus Christ, our Lord.

April 25, 2020


Betty Beardsley
April 25, 2020

Heavenly Father, Hear our prayers for Peace. Let no weapon formed against the USA prosper. We pray for Psalm 91 protection for all of the USA ships at sea. Send forth Your mighty angles to surround our ships and our Nation.
Father, we pray for Pres Trump and all military leaders to hear from YOU concerning how to handle these threats to our ships. We asked for our leaders in our government to also hear from YOU regarding how to make righteous decisions in every area from the COVID-19 pandemic, to providing food for the hungry, to the deterioration of the economy, to the loss of jobs, for how to open the economy again, and the restoration of life from this evil time. We pray:
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be THY name, Let Thy Kingdom come, Let Thy Will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the Kingdom and the Power and the Glory for ever and ever. Amen.


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