.- A U.S. soldier in Iraq is requesting prayers as the military unit prepares to deliver the voting machines and ballots to villages and cities throughout the Middle Eastern country for its upcoming elections, Jan. 30-31.
âThis is a political battle that needs spiritual intervention,â the soldier said in an e-mail that has been floating on the Web.
The soldier emphasized that the mission is extremely dangerous since the U.S. military convoys are prime targets for insurgents because they do not want Iraqi citizens to vote.
This election is historic for Iraq as the previous regime did not allow individual citizens to vote. âDemocracy will not be realized in Iraq if intelligent and competent officials are not elected,â the soldier said.
âEncourage your friends and family members and those within our churches to pray specifically for the electoral process,â the soldier continued, suggesting a prayer vigil.
âYour prayer support and God's intervention are needed to give democracy a chance in this war torn country,â the message said.