Thursday is the National Day of Prayer and our nation is now in dire need of prayer, perhaps more than ever. It is in times such as these that we need to seek the principles on which this great nation was founded and lift them in prayer. The following are the public expressions of those who created this great nation. Please read them and reflect upon their meaning.
George Washington - "[The adoption of the Constitution] will demonstrate as visibly the finger of Providence as any possible event in the course of human affairs can ever designate it." Washington had very few victories and mostly losses during the war for independence; yet he had faith that the cause for which the Colonials fought was just and God inspired, he persevered. What would he say today?
Thomas Jefferson - "To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt .... I am for a government rigorously frugal and simple." Jefferson knew that debt and complex government ultimately would diminish liberty as the citizens gradually became beholden to others. What would he say today?
John Adams - "Our constitution was made for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." Adams was warning us that in any attempt to survive as a nation we needed a belief in God. He also knew that government was best performed at the local, community level where we truly know our elected leaders. It is when elected leaders travel to distant locations to conduct the people's business, away from home, that they are inclined to mischief. What would he say today?
James Madison - "A well-instructed people alone can be permanently a free people." Madison was advocating for an educated populace; able to discern basic truths and that would lead to the most fundamental promise of the constitution, life. What would he say today?
On this National Day of Prayer, please lift our prayers to God that we may be able to receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit - wisdom and understanding. Those attributes are in short supply today.
May God keep you and protect each of you.