Abraham Lincoln on Prayer

Abraham Lincoln 1863

Abraham Lincoln, 1863

“I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me, seemed insufficient for that day.”
-Abraham Lincoln

How often, as Christian patriots, do we feel this strongly about our time in prayer? How often are we reminded that our own wisdom is insufficient?

In times of trouble, the Enemy seductively whispers into our ears that prayer doesn’t help, but that’s because he fears it. He knows prayer is our greatest weapon during personal trials or in times of national crisis. Perhaps you feel your prayers don’t matter; you may feel your prayers can’t possibly make a difference on a national level. But that’s a lie–it’s a lie the Enemy tells you because he doesn’t want you praying for the leaders of America. God welcomes our prayers and asks us to pray for the leaders of our nation (1 Timothy 2:1-4). We have access to the same power that raised Jesus from the grave, so we must never let the Enemy convince us our prayers don’t matter. As Abraham Lincoln indicated, we cannot rely on our own wisdom but we do have access to the wisdom of the world’s Creator.

What Bible passages do you find helpful in encouraging your prayer time?


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© Joshua J. Masters and American Psalms, 2012.
Quote Source: America’s God and Country Encyclopedia of Quotations by William J. Federer, 
Photo Credit: Mathew B. Brady, George Eastman House Collection


3 responses to “Abraham Lincoln on Prayer

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