Give strength to their arms, stoutness to their hearts, steadfastness in their faith. They will need Thy blessings. Their road will be long and hard.
For the enemy is strong. He may hurl back our forces... We know that by Thy grace, and by the righteousness of our cause, our sons will triumph...
Some will never return. Embrace these, Father, and receive them, Thy heroic servants, into Thy kingdom..."
"Help us, Almighty God, to rededicate ourselves in renewed faith in Thee in this hour of great sacrifice...
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.
Give us strength...and, O Lord, give us Faith. Give us Faith in Thee... With Thy blessing, we shall prevail over the unholy forces of our enemy...
And a peace that will let all of men live in freedom, reaping the just rewards of their honest toil. Thy will be done, Almighty God. Amen."
I do not doubt God's promise of II Chronicles 7:14, nor do I doubt the surety and truth of Romans 1. God has always had a people, His Church will remain and be preserved and kept, but as nations have turned away from Him he has always let them go and given them over to themselves.
Another aspect of our lives must be to our children and grand children. It is also a necessity that we pray for them, and as we pray we must teach them the truth of scripture and they must see that truth being lived out in our lives. We must live faithful before them for they will have the task of building their lives in a nation gone astray.
They will not have the benefits of the social and cultural restraints that we were afforded. They will not know the freedoms we have experienced because a sinful and debauch people cannot govern themselves rightly. They must know that the faith will cost them much more dearly than it cost us if they embrace it in their lives. They must be prepared to sacrifice the things of this world for a walk of faith. They will be persecuted for their faith in ways most of us in this nation have never known.
In the mist of this they must know to love those that persecute them and do good, they must know their responsibility to give the Gospel at every opportunity. Their lives will be different from ours as we have grown up in an environment favorable to Christianity, where it was socially beneficial and politically proper to confess the Christian faith. Their lives will be lived in a much different environment.
To some this may sound scary, but we must set our face for one purpose, will we serve God or no? Scared we should not be, concerned yes. Concerned to the point we make the commitments and preparations for life in a different America if our nation is not turned to repentance. We must know that as our children face these things that their lives can be filled with great joy, their families also can know a much deeper joy and love than perhaps we have known because of the great supply of God's Grace in times such as these for His people. They may not experience the material pleasures we have been afforded, but they will experience so much more of His preserving Grace upon their lives. It is a glorious thing to live in such Grace and experience such a walk with God. Our America past has provided so much for us to be amazed at that it has been easy for us to slip into our own dependence and miss out on the wonderful dependence upon God's Grace to make us what we are for His Glory.