There is much talk about the place for prayer in todays culture. Public prayer has been banned in schools, at sports events and in other venues as well. Prayer has been an important part of my life. Most of my prayer has been between my Father in Heaven and me while driving or in the quiet of the day. I am a sincere believer in prayer. I have had many prayers answered and I am thankful to God for that. He is All-Knowing, All-Mighty and Ever-Present. I am in awe of Him. As I was thinking recently about prayer, I decided to print a few prayers that have been worded by some very famous people.
George Washington wrote the following prayer: 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.
Thomas Jefferson prayed on March 4, 1801, 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 whom in Thy name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that in obedience to Thy law, we may show forth Thy praise among the nations of 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.
From what I know about our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, I believe he was a man of prayer. He prayed for peace at his second inaugural address. That prayer follows: Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet if God wills that it continues until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid another drawn with the sword so still it must be said that the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us finish the work we are in, to bind up the nations wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and for his orphans, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.
Those prayers and others were worded by men who were wise enough to achieve the highest office in the land as well as others who became famous during our history. If I remember right, a wall motto that was popular during my early days was imprinted with these words: Prayer Changes Things. It does.