From Chaplain Alan Farley
(Hon Chaplain, 290 Foundation
CAN PRAYER SAVE AMERICA
Proverbs 29:1-2, “He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy. 2 When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.”
During the Civil War, a friend of Abraham Lincoln was a visitor at the White House. “One night I was restless and could not sleep. From the private room where the President slept, I heard low tones. Instinctively I wandered in, and there I saw a sight which I have never forgotten. It was the President, kneeling before an open Bible. His back was toward me. I shall never forget his prayer: ‘Oh, Thou God that heard Solomon in the night when he prayed and cried for wisdom, hear me; I cannot guide the affairs of this nation without Thy help. Hear me and save the nation.’”
When the leaders of our country assembled to write the Constitution, Benjamin Franklin proposed that each session be opened with prayer. Franklin said, “I have lived a long time, and the longer I live the more convincing proof I see of this truth – that God governs the affairs of men.”
Our nation is great because it was founded upon God’s Word and prayer. But today prayer has been replaced by political intrigue, materialism and a mistaken notion that our private and national affairs can be run without God.
Our nation is great because it was founded upon God’s Word and prayer. But today prayer has been replaced by political intrigue, materialism and a mistaken notion that our private and national affairs can be rum without God.
But here and there throughout America voices are heard, as individuals and groups begin to call on God in prayer. But this whole nation must be moved to prayer. So great are the dangers, so grave the perils, so tremendous the problems that it is imperative that we lay hold upon the Lord God in prayer for His will.