There is a moral decline in America that has Americans shaking their heads. What can we do? When Abraham Lincoln faced the dark days of the Civil War, and Franklin D. Roosevelt faced the horrific deaths of World War II, they cried out for Americans to pray!
Tomorrow is the National Day of Prayer. When our nation prayed, that became the pivoting point to our nation’s security and prosperity. Prayer connects us to God. 1Kings 8:28 is the theme of tomorrow. “Regard the prayer of Your servant and his supplication, O Lord my God, and listen to the cry and the prayer which Your servant is praying before You today!”
Lincoln asked for a day of prayer, after the fall of Atlanta to Sherman’s army:
“And I do further recommend to my fellow-citizens aforesaid, that on that occasion they do reverently humble themselves in the dust, and from thence offer up penitent and fervent prayers and supplications to the great Disposer of events for a return of the inestimable blessings of peace, union, and harmony throughout the land which it has pleased Him to assign as a dwelling place for ourselves and for our posterity throughout all generations.”
As Allied troops invaded German-occupied Europe during World War II on D-Day, President Roosevelt asked Americans to pray:
“Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity. Lead them straight and true; give strength to their arms, stoutness to their hearts, steadfastness in their faith….
“And, O Lord, give us faith. Give us faith in Thee; faith in our sons; faith in each other; faith in our united crusade. Let not the keenness of our spirit ever be dulled. Let not the impacts of temporary events, of temporal matters of but fleeting moment — let not these deter us in our unconquerable purpose.
“With Thy blessing, we shall prevail over the unholy forces of our enemy. Help us to conquer the apostles of greed and racial arrogances. Lead us to the saving of our country, and with our sister nations into a world unity that will spell a sure peace — a peace invulnerable to the schemings of unworthy men. And a peace that will let all of men live in freedom, reaping the just rewards of their honest toil. Thy will be done, Almighty God.”
Now our Supreme Court proposes to change the Constitution of the United States that wiser men than they have upheld, fought for, and died for. How would Lincoln have handled this?
In 1854, after the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act, Lincoln could feel nation slipping toward civil war and said, “… Let us re-adopt the Declaration of Independence, and with it, the practices, and policy, which harmonize with it… If we do this, we shall have so saved it, as to make, and to keep it, forever worthy of the saving.”
Prayer is our connection to God. “Pray without ceasing.” 1Thessalonians 5:17 tells us. May God richly bless you and yours!