President Ronald Reagan reminded us of the following:
“It’s been written that the most sublime figure in American history was George Washington on his knees in the snow at Valley Forge. He personified a people who knew that it was not enough to depend on their own courage and goodness, that they must also seek help from God – their Father and preserver. Where did we begin to lose sight of that noble beginning, of our conviction that standards of right and wrong do exist and must be lived up to? Do we really think that we can have it both ways, that God will protect us in a time of crisis even as we turn away from him in our day-to-day life?”
General Washington turned to God in time of crisis at Valley Forge because he had an established relationship with Him. Throughout his life, he recognized that it was not enough to depend on his own courage and goodness, but that he needed help from his Father and preserver. It wasn’t enough to ask for protection in time of crisis, but the Lord was needed in his day-to-day life to live up to the standards of right and wrong. His sufficiency was of God and not of himself. That one picture of Washington praying personifies this important truth.
We must not wait for a crisis to pray, but instead should pray frequently as a part of an established relationship with God. We need to recognize that was must not depend on our own courage and goodness, but instead on our Father and preserver. It isn’t enough to ask for protection in times of crisis, but the Lord is needed in our day-to-day lives to live up to the standards of right and wrong. Our sufficiency must be of God and not of ourselves. May our time of prayer personify this important truth.
PLEASE PRAY PASSIONATELY FOR THE SUFFICIENCY TO LIVE UP TO GOD’S STANDARDS OF RIGHT AND WRONG IN THIS LAND. May our prayers personify God’s important truths, and reflect our nation’s noble beginnings.