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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© Joshua J. Masters and American Psalms, 2012.
Quote Source: America’s God and Country Encyclopedia of Quotations by William J. Federer, 
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