Leaders need to make public prayer priority
America has suffered significant disasters in recent months. In every response to these disasters, both man made and natural, leaders at every level have been consistent in their response. From the president of the United States to governors and mayors, those affected by the disasters have been told, “We are praying for you.” Sadly, however, we have yet to hear any of those making such a declaration utter one prayer for anyone affected by disaster or for the nation.
America’s founders, enlightened by the revelation of God, prayed publicly in the name of Jesus Christ. Public prayers were given in periods of both national tragedy and national celebration. President Franklin Roosevelt offered public prayers in the name of Jesus Christ throughout the dark days of economic devastation and World War II. In his fourth inaugural address, he declared, “So we pray to Him now for the vision to see our way clearly… to the achievement of His will, to peace on earth.”
In a mid-Atlantic summit with Prime Minister Winston Churchill, President Roosevelt invited the crew of the American warship upon which he was embarked to join in singing “Onward, Christian Soldiers” after having described the United States as “the lasting concord between men and nations, founded on the principles of Christianity.”
What is preventing our current leaders from fulfilling the promise they are making to our fellow Americans? If they publicly declare that “we are praying for you,” then why do they not publicly pray? The answer, it seems, is that they offer prayer to the victims of these several tragedies with all of the insincerity that they can muster. Perhaps that is one of the reasons that we continue to see Americans as the victims of increasingly frequent tragedy.
Charles A. Layne, Bunker Hill