Today is George Washington’s birthday and so its fitting to write something again about this great man. On our church’s prayer list tonight I place a partial quote of a prayer of his that bears our attention. I will give you more of the prayer here:
“O eternal and everlasting God, I presume to present myself this morning before thy Divine majesty, beseeching thee to accept of my humble and hearty thanks, that it hath pleased thy great goodness to keep and preserve me the night past from all the dangers poor mortals are subject to, and has given me sweet and pleasant sleep, whereby I find my body refreshed and comforted for performing the duties of this day, in which I beseech thee to defend me from all perils of body and soul. Direct my thoughts, words and work, wash away my sins in the immaculate blood of the Lamb, and purge my heart by thy Holy Spirit, from the dross of my natural corruption, that I may with more freedom of mind and liberty of will serve thee, the ever lasting God, in righteousness and holiness this day, and all the days of my life. Increase my faith in the sweet promises of the gospel; give me repentance from dead works; pardon my wanderings, and direct my thoughts unto thyself, the God of my salvation; teach me how to live in thy fear, labor in thy service, and ever to run in the ways of thy commandments; make me always watchful over my heart, that neither the terrors of conscience, the loathing of holy duties, the love of sin, nor an unwillingness to depart this life, may cast me into a spiritual slumber, but daily frame me more and more into the likeness of thy son Jesus Christ, that living in thy fear, and dying in thy favor, I may in thy appointed time attain the resurrection of the just unto eternal life. Bless my family, friends and kindred unite us all in praising and glorifying thee in all our works begun, continued, and ended, when we shall come to make our last account before thee blessed Saviour…”
No wonder the man was great ! He truly understood some things about himself and his God. The people who love to revise our history books and twist the separation of church and state clause in our Constitution want to deny Washington’s greatness but reading about his life, I believe at the core of this man’s greatness was his faith in the Lord. From that his life course was charted in a great direction and he was used of God at a great and critical time in our nation’s history. He wasn’t too busy to pray nor help in his church. He wasn’t neglectful to read the Bible nor encourage his fellow Americans to all these same spiritual practices either. Our world still needs great men and women too so why not celebrate Washington’s birthday by making this your prayer as well? I’m looking forward to one day meeting our first President but until that time let’s honor his memory by living for our common Savior ! Happy Birthday Brother George !!!