GEORGE WASHINGTON ON HIS KNEES
George Washington was a man of noble character. He is remembered by many as a warrior, patriot and the first president of the United States of America. His relationship with his God undoubtedly played a big part in making him the man he was. In 1891 a manuscript of some of his favorite prayers, written in his own hand, was sold at auction. It is not known if young George (who was twenty years old at the time) authored these prayers or copied them from another source. They were eventually published in a book, George Washington: The Christian, by William J. Johnson. As you read these prayers you discover how much George was influenced by the Bible. He was clearly humble before his God and aware of how dependent he was on Him for his every breath. Today historians are trying to rewrite the history of our nation to remove any references to God. As you read these prayers, you have an opportunity to view some original documents that tell the real story, at least in the case of George Washington. Here is one of his Sunday Morning prayers:
“Almighty God, and most merciful father, who commanded the children of Israel to offer a daily sacrifice to You, that thereby they might glorify and praise You for Your protection both night and day, receive, O Lord, my morning sacrifice which I now offer up to You; I yield to You my humble and hearty thanks that You have preserved me from the danger of the night past, and brought me to the light of the day, and the comforts thereof, a day which is consecrated to Your own service and for Your own honor. Let my heart, therefore, Gracious God, be so affected with the glory and majesty of it, that I may not do mine own works, but wait on You, and discharge those weighty duties You require of me.
And since You are a God of pure eyes, and will be sanctified in all who draw near unto You, who does not regard the sacrifice of fools, nor hear sinners who tread in Your courts, pardon, I beseech You, my sins, remove them from Your presence, as far as the east is from the west, and accept of me on the merits of Your son Jesus Christ, that when I come into Your temple, and reach Your altar, my prayers may come before You as incense; and as You hear me calling upon You in my prayers, so give me grace to hear You calling on me in Your word, that it may be wisdom, righteousness, reconciliation and peace to the saving of the soul in the day of the Lord Jesus. Grant that I may hear it with reverence, receive it with meekness, mingle it with faith, and that it may accomplish in me, Gracious God, the good work for which You sent it. Bless my family, kindred, friends and country, be our God and Guide this day and forever for his sake, who lay down in the Grave and arose again for us, Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.”
In today’s antichrist climate in America, it wouldn’t be surprising if a teacher of American History asked their students to read George Washington’s Prayer Journal, the ACLU and the Americans United for Separation of Church and State would be in an uproar. But the truth is, they can’t change history. Beside, God was here before they got here and He’ll still be here after they are long gone. So why not be on the side of the One who will stick around for a long, long time. – Dr. Robert R Seyda