President Abraham Lincoln’s Call to National Prayer

It’s the simple things that will save our nation, like prayer, humility, forgiving one another, gratitude, grace, kindness, and reverence and love for God. This quote by President Abraham Lincoln reminds us of that. It’s part of a proclamation he made to the nation, asking everyone to humble ourselves, confess our national sins, and pray for clemency and forgiveness. I believe his proclamation is still relevant today.

“We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us. It behooves us, then, to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness. – 1863 10

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4 thoughts on “President Abraham Lincoln’s Call to National Prayer

    1. Thank you for commenting. Yes, it does seem disheartening when we know that others feel that hate and violence is the preferred solution. But we also know that our battle is not against flesh and blood (Ephesians 6), but against the rulers and principalities of darkness. This is why I believe that prayer is key. One person praying, with God on our side, is stronger than a thousand who aren’t praying or don’t care. Thank you for praying. God bless you 🙏🏻

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  1. Someday I need to post my story of how the Lord got me started praying against terrorism 13 years ago. I have been praying daily for would-be suicide bombers and other terrorists, children in terrorist training camps, people who are targeted, and all of our military, Homeland Security, FBI, CIA, police, etc. I have a folder full of articles about answers to those prayers – bombs that didn’t go off, suicide bombers that ended up getting saved and are now evangelizing their regions, etc. Yes, it IS spiritual warfare, and God’s side wins. 😉

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