Would you be amazed if you were told that a United States President went on national radio throughout the United States and held a prayer meeting? In our 21st century people would say that he crossed the line. People would cry out separation of Church and State! But this amazingly happened in the Second World War. Franklin Delano Roosevelt is the culprit. In fact on National Radio it was the President who invited people all across the United States to pray with him for the safety of the Soldiers as they invaded Hitler’s fortress Europe. Here is what he said:
“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.They will need Thy blessings. Their road will be long and hard. For the enemy is strong. He may hurl back our forces. Success may not come with rushing speed, but we shall return again and again; and we know that by Thy grace, and by the righteousness of our cause, our sons will triumph.They will be sore tried, by night and by day, without rest-until the victory is won. The darkness will be rent by noise and flame. Men’s souls will be shaken with the violences of war. For these men are lately drawn from the ways of peace. They fight not for the lust of conquest. They fight to end conquest. They fight to liberate. They fight to let justice arise, and tolerance and good will among all Thy people. They yearn but for the end of battle, for their return to the haven of home. Some will never return. Embrace these, Father, and receive them, Thy heroic servants, into Thy kingdom. And for us at home — fathers, mothers, children, wives, sisters, and brothers of brave men overseas — whose thoughts and prayers are ever with them — help us, Almighty God, to rededicate ourselves in renewed faith in Thee in this hour of great sacrifice. Many people have urged that I call the Nation into a single day of special prayer. But because the road is long and the desire is great, I ask that our people devote themselves in a continuance of prayer. As we rise to each new day, and again when each day is spent, let words of prayer be on our lips, invoking Thy help to our efforts. Give us strength, too — strength in our daily tasks, to redouble the contributions we make in the physical and the material support of our armed forces. And let our hearts be stout, to wait out the long travail, to bear sorrows that may come, to impart our courage unto our sons wheresoever they may be. 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 arrogancies. 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. Amen.
Little did a lot of people know that after this prayer this man spent most of the night crying for sending these men, many of them to their deaths. I say not this to advocate war. But to recognize that the President and the Congress need to remember what has made America great: Men and yes women who were humbled before an Almighty God!
Why do modern day historians want to erase the need for God in the past. Many of the founding fathers of America were drawn to the need of God and His help on their knees. I am sure something that most in Congress would disdain immediately!
We do not need a President or a Senator/Congressman who wants to impress us with their college degrees as much as we need a man or woman who is humble enough to recognize our need of God to liberate this land of itself and it’s destructive pride. We need God to move in the hearts of the land again, before it is too late!