As George charged forward in his effort to vanquish the enemy, his horse was shot out from under him. Amid the chaos of bullets whizzing by, swords fiercely clanging, and arrows piercing the air, he found another horse! Quickly mounting this horse, George rushed back into the fray of battle. Again, down went his horse and again another horse was found. By now General Braddock had been killed and the troops where in chaos, but the young Colonel was able to gain control of the British regiments and ensued an effective retreat! His coat would later show he had survived four different bullets, with only a hole to display their departure. George Washington was the only officer to come away unhurt during the battle on July 9, 1775 with the French and their Indian allies.
Later, when it was time for George to become the commander of Continental Army and fight against the British; George Washington wrote this in a letter to Martha.
It has been determined in Congress, that the whole army raised for the defense of the American cause shall be put under my care…I shall rely, therefore, confidently on that Providence (God) which has heretofore preserved and been bountiful to me, not doubting that I shall return safe to you in the fall.
Because of the old school wording, I substituted the word Providence for the word God. You see, George Washington did not rely on good fortune or luck. George relied on God and in his relationship with God. Everyday he prayed for an hour in the morning and an hour at night, no matter what was going on around him even the Revolutionary War. And, George left his men with strict instructions that he was not to be disturbed during his time of prayer.
The men who served with George were amazed at the way he went into battle, boldly and confidently leading the charge and in full view of the enemy. You see, during those days of war, the enemy tried to kill the commanding officers first, thus creating a possibility of retreat from the opposition. So here is a man with the enemy’s target honed in on him yet, George Washington steps out boldly and confidently. I bet some of the men thought he was a raving lunatic while others borrowed some of his courage to help them through.
I believe when you are in direct communication with God each day, your life changes dramatically. You find yourself bowing to God’s will for your life and not to this world’s view of how you should live your life. And there is nothing in this world which can stop God’s will for you from being fulfilled when you are in sync with God. And yes, I believe God meant for George Washington to lead America to victory over the British and then for him to become the first President of the USA.
What does your prayer life resemble? Do you feel so overwhelmed by your day you believe you cannot find time to pray? If you do, then you must find the time to pray! To learn to be totally dependent on Him for your every need. All God wants from you is a relationship between Father and child. Because the only way to get through the hard times is with God. And then when the good times come around, the feeling resembles flying through the air unencumbered…free!
My challenge to you for one month is to pray for an hour in the morning and an hour at night. First buy a daily devotional and bible (if you don’t have one.) Find an area of your home where you can go, close the door and pray. Tell your family this is your time and not to bother you. Some of you may have to get up an hour earlier each morning.
This is how I pray in the mornings.
- I read my devotion for the day.
- Then I read the selected bible verses with the devotional.
- Next I pull out the bible and read a section of it. I suggests starting in John.
- I pray by starting with asking forgiveness, and then praise and thank God for everything He has done and continues to do for my family.
- The last part is my own petitions for my family, friends, and strangers.
In Jesus Name Amen.
This is how I pray at night.
- Read some more of my bible.
- Thanking and praising God for the day.
- Ask God to help me to be a better and kinder person.
- Bring any new revelations or frustrations from the day to Him.
In Jesus Name Amen.
Do you accept my challenge? I pray so.
“YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH.”
God Bless You!