Psalm 142:1-2 “I cried unto the Lord with my voice; with my voice unto the Lord did I make my supplication.  I poured out my complaint before him; I shewed before him my trouble.”

Though I did not originally intend to make a PLUS post today, I cannot let the 70th anniversary of D-Day pass by without a thought.

General Eisenhower made the decision to launch the invasion of mainland Europe on June 5th, 1944 after carefully consulting with his advisors and subordinate commanders.  Once he made this monumental decision, he did two noteworthy things.

First, he penned a note that perfectly models the duty of a leader to hold themselves accountable for failures within their organization, something lacking among today’s leaders.  He wrote the following in the case of a failed invasion, fortunately a thought relegated to an historical footnote:

“Our landings in the Cherbourg-Havre area have failed to gain a satisfactory foothold and I have withdrawn the troops.  My decision to attack at this time and place was based upon the best information available.  The troops, the air and the Navy did all that Bravery and devotion to duty could do.  If any blame or fault attaches to the attempt it is mine alone.”

Second, as the calendar flipped from the 5th to the 6th of June and he restlessly spent the long night awaiting word of the invasion’s outcome, he felt compelled to pray.  In fact, he wrote that “there was nothing we could do but pray, desperately.”

Christians in this land today must do the same.  We must pray, not just casually but desperately.  PLEASE PRAY THAT AMERICAN CHRISTIANS WOULD PRAY DESPERATELY FOR OUR NATION.  We are engaged in a war between fundamentally opposed ideologies, and we cannot win without doing so.