A Prayer from George Washington

George Washington was a man of prayer and repentance. His prayer journals offer great lessons on how we, as Christian patriots, should be praying for America today:

Gilbert Stuart's Portrait of George Washington

Gilbert Stuart's Portrait of George Washington

“Almighty God; We make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt keep the United States in Thy Holy protection; and thou wilt incline the hearts of the Citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government; and entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another and for the fellow Citizens of the United States at large, and particularly for their brethren who have served in the field.”

Consider some of the elements Washington includes in his prayer for America:

  • First, Washington acknowledges God’s sovereignty as the Almighty God.
  • He acknowledges our need for God’s hand of protection on America.
  • He asks for our citizens to have a changed heart toward government. This is not self-serving, but a command from God proclaimed in Romans 13:1, “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.”
  • He recognizes our need to love one another as Christ commanded and asks God to give Americans a heart of compassion.
  • Lastly, he acknowledges our need to support our troops. Washington makes special mention of their service and asks for the hearts of America to be turned toward those who serve our nation.
The common theme throughout Washington’s prayer is a desire to change our own hearts. We so often think of changing others when we pray for the nation, but we should pray for God to transform us into the change we want to see in America.

What strikes you about Washington’s prayer? How will it affect the way you pray for America?


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8 responses to “A Prayer from George Washington

  1. Then I suppose we should subordinate ourselves the obamass regime and relinquish our liberties in the pursuit thereof. I actually HATE that he prays this, though I understand that from where he stood, it was a right and necessary prayer. But from where I sit, Jefferson’s quote is more appropriate, “The tree of Liberty must, from time to time, be watered with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” LIBERTY OR DEATH !!!

    • Tom,
      Thanks for your thoughts. I really appreciate you taking the time to comment. It is, of course, possible that both statements are true. Scripture calls us to be submissive to our government (Romans 13:1-5) because they have the authority, under God, to administer punishment to those who do wrong. That does not mean you can’t hold government accountable when its elected representatives act in ungodly ways. You must, however, hold them accountable within the context of your own integrity and ambassadorship of Christ’s mercy. Thanks again. I love the exchange.

      • I am not advocating violence here. But I am convinced that too many of us want Easter Sunday without going through Good Friday. Unless we are willing to take up the Cross and do whatever it may take within the bounds of righteousness to defeat the enemy, we will be forever marginalized by those who wield the sword and boast of their courage and willingness to do whatever unrighteous and perverse things (all of which are on parade before us now and can be seen in history) they can conjure up to further their agenda.

        I know not what course others may take, but as for me . . . !

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  4. I think George Washington was a man of duty, restraint and honor. I think emulating Washington begins with exercises in civility. I did not like the previous exchange.

    • Kerry, Thanks so much for your comment. I completely agree with you. There’s always a question of where to draw the line with regards to allowing people to post opposing views without being inappropriate. I do think you are right. Thank you for reading.

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