28th March 2012 by Bill Davis
My brother and I are trying to “resurrect” some of our Grandfather’s sermons and messages. He was such a servant of God and of man. He would often tell us that the day would come when he prayed that he would be worthy to hear the words: “Well done My good and faithful servant.”
Very recently the following prayer has been credited to such great people as Billy Graham as The National Prayer For Peace. I am certainly not belittling the fact that Dr. Graham used this prayer or perhaps quoted it. He is certainly such a man of God I will never be. However, my Grandfather quoted this prayer from a nondescript pulpit in South Carolina almost fifty years ago and credited it to Thomas Jefferson. President Jefferson quoted this prayer over 210 years ago.
“Almighty God, Who has given us this good land for our heritage; We humbly beseech Thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of Thy favor and glad to do Thy will. Bless our land with honorable ministry, sound learning, and pure manners.
Save us from violence, discord, and confusion, from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitude brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues.
Endow with Thy spirit of wisdom those to whom in Thy Name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that through obedience to Thy law, we may show forth Thy praise among the nations of the earth.
In time of prosperity fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in Thee to fail; all of which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.”
If we would but practice these words now. They are so applicable to our Country and government. Words as these, offered in prayer to our God, never grow old. The prayer for our Nation credited to Dr. Graham is actually a different prayer, not written by Dr. Graham but supposedly written by Joe Wright and offered up at the Kansas State House in 1996. The point remains: it really does not matter. What we feel important to save our Country today was preached to our politicians and leaders over 200 years ago and found in the Word of God over 2,000 years ago. Psalm 32:8; “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.” Psalm 143:10; “Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.” Luke 1:79; “To shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.” How can there be those who even hint that our Country was not built on Christian values.
Bill Davis

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