Do you realize that George Washington lost every battle for the first five months as commander of the Continental Army? Enlistments were one year, and since the American forces weren’t doing so well, many soldiers left after their year was up. They surmised that the jig was up and that America would stay a colony of Britain because we couldn’t defeat them. But there was one person who wasn’t quite convinced that all was lost, and that would have been George Washington.
Washington was an extremely prayerful person, and once you read the prayer he wrote on a Sunday morning, you might realize why we were able to muster up enough courage and persistence to stay the course. Here is his prayer:
“Almighty God, and most merciful father, who didst command the children of Israel to offer a daily sacrifice to thee, that thereby they might glorify and praise thee for thy protection both night and day, receive, O Lord, my morning sacrifice which I now offer up to thee; I yield thee humble and hearty thanks that thou has preserved me from the danger of the night past, and brought me to the light of the day, and the comforts thereof, a day which is consecrated to thine own service and for thine own honor. Let my heart, therefore, Gracious God, be so affected with the glory and majesty of it, that I may not do mine own works, but wait on thee, and discharge those weighty duties thou requirest of me, and since thou art a God of pure eyes, and wilt be sanctified in all who draw near unto thee, who doest not regard the sacrifice of fools, nor hear sinners who tread in thy courts, pardon, I beseech thee, my sins, remove them from thy presence, as far as the east is from the west, and accept of me for the merits of thy son Jesus Christ, that when I come into thy temple, and compass thine altar, my prayers may come before thee as incense; and as thou wouldst hear me calling upon thee in my prayers, so give me grace to hear thee calling on me in thy word, that it may be wisdom, righteousness, reconciliation and peace to the saving of the soul in the day of the Lord Jesus. Grant that I may hear it with reverence, receive it with meekness, mingle it with faith, and that it may accomplish in me, Gracious God, the good work for which thou has sent it. Bless my family, kindred, friends and country, be our God & guide this day and forever for his sake, who lay down in the Grave and arose again for us, Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.”
Pastor John Allen of the First Presbyterian Church will open up this fine church, built in 1727, for a benediction and some thoughtful words. By the way, this church had as one of the founding fathers Captain John Anderson. Captain Tom O’Neil will conclude with some brief but necessary comments. This is a wonderful spot to commemorate the sacrifices of these soldiers, Private Ezekiel Anderson and their esteemed commander, General George Washington.