God, Prayer, and War


This prayer was made in 1944 by the sitting President of the United States, Franklin Roosevelt.  While the prayer lacks some elements of what most of us would consider a fully biblically balanced prayer should be, it is nonetheless, by today’s standards, outrageously politically incorrect. This prayer provides a great topic for discussion for your family and for your church.

Take a few minutes to read this prayer.  Notice FDR does not speak of many Gods or many faiths or many religions.  He closes with asking that the will of Almighty God be done. Today, we seek protection from a moment of silence offered to a god of our own choosing,

In 1944, the American people welcomed this prayer. Now, less than seventy years later, I fear our leaders would be embarrassed by a prayer that asked for the will of God to be done. As our nation once again contemplates war, may our leaders have the courage and the humility to recognize our total dependence upon God.

Franklin Roosevelt’s D-Day Prayer
June 6, 1944

My fellow Americans: Last night, when I spoke with you about the fall of Rome, I knew at that moment that troops of the United States and our allies were crossing the Channel in another and greater operation. It has come to pass with success thus far.

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