May We Do God's Will

As D-Day was occurring Franklin Roosevelt addressed the nation.  It was not a speech he gave, but rather a prayer.  "And so, in this poignant hour,” he said, “I ask you to join with me in prayer." FDR asked God to give the American soldiers strength and perseverance.  He prayed that the Father would "embrace and receive" those who would be killed in action.  He lifted up their family members and everyone else at home. 

Finally, he made this comment:

Many people have urged that I call the Nation into a single day of special prayer. But because the road is long and the desire is great, I ask that our people devote themselves in a continuance of prayer. As we rise to each new day, and again when each day is spent, let words of prayer be on our lips, invoking Thy help to our efforts.

We should not have a day of prayer, Roosevelt argued, because we should be praying all the time.  And prayer is the means by which the United States will fulfil its responsibility to the world.  The measure of our success will not be determined by any concrete action: the amount of financial aid we give or troops we supply.  It will be our ability to let God work through us.

Interestingly, King George VI also spoke of prayer and our need to be God's instruments in his D-Day address: “We shall not ask that God may do our will, but that we may be enabled to do the will of God. And we dare to believe that God has used our nation and Empire as an instrument for fulfilling his high purpose.”

The same could be said sixty-five years later.


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