FDR’s D-Day Prayer, 78 Years Later
FDR’s D-Day Prayer, 78 Years Later
Nearly 80 years ago, we faced difficult odds with great courage and God’s help. Sounds like what we need again today.
From Fox News. President Franklin D. Roosevelt trumpeted America’s foundation of faith to inspire the nation in its finest hour: D-Day, June 6, 1944.
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“Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our republic, our religion and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity,” FDR said resolutely on D-Day, leading a prayer that crackled from radios coast to coast and to service members and occupied nations around the globe.
Now, 78 years later, some Americans believe that his stirring call to spiritual arms can unite the nation once again and pay tribute to the sacrifice and commitment of our military and veterans.
“FDR’s prayer seemed to bring everybody together,” said Chris Long of Akron, Ohio, leader of the D-Day Prayer Project, which aims to permanently install the prayer in D.C. “We hope it can speak to generations to come.”
Construction of an FDR prayer monument at the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., is set to begin this July — and may be completed by early December.
Long, head of the Christian Alliance of America, launched the effort 11 years ago to get the rousing text of Roosevelt’s prayer, all 525 words of it, engraved in perpetuity at the national memorial….
Spiritual mobilization of Americans
Roosevelt called for the spiritual mobilization of the American people as the massive D-Day invasion force stormed by air and sea into Normandy, France.
The U.S. and the Allies landed 160,000 troops in France on the first day alone. The effort was supported by tens thousands of other members of the multinational armed forces who manned warships and aircraft.
The nation awoke on June 6, 1944, to learn that its heroic youth crawled from the sea and fell from the sky overnight in an effort to wrest an enslaved Europe from Hitler’s clutches….
Roosevelt steeled frightened mothers and fathers, and a worried but determined nation, for the shocking human cost to come.
“Men’s souls will be shaken with the violences of war,” the president said soberly.
“Some will never return,” he said. “Embrace these, Father, and receive them, Thy heroic servants, into Thy kingdom … I ask that our people devote themselves into a continuance of prayer … And, O Lord, give us faith. Give us faith in Thee; faith in our sons; faith in each other; faith in our united crusade…”
Americans by the millions instinctively responded to the news of the D-Day invasion by flooding their churches and synagogues.
“The impulse to pray was overwhelming,” wrote author Stephen Ambrose in his book, “D-Day, June 6, 1944: the Climactic Battle of World War II.”
“Across the United States and Canada church bells rang … as a solemn reminder of national unity and a call to formal prayer. Special services were held in every church and synagogue in the land. Pews were jammed with worshippers,” he wrote.
Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia of New York City hosted an impromptu prayer service on D-Day before a crowd estimated as large as 50,000 people in Madison Square Park in Manhattan.
The bells of the historic Old North Church in Boston rang that morning, while schoolchildren “recited the Lord’s Prayer in every classroom in Massachusetts,” The Boston Herald reported that day.
The Liberty Bell in Philadelphia rang for the first time in 109 years, among countless other chimes of support across the nation….
Churches and synagogues opened around the clock to handle the flood of Americans seeking strength, comfort and unity in the pews of their houses of worship….
‘Need the same continuance of prayer’
Long of the D-Day Prayer Project said he awoke one morning more than a decade ago, turned to his wife and told her of his idea of have the president’s appeal to the faith of the American people etched for eternity at the nation’s capital.
He said he is delighted to know that his vision will soon be a reality — and hopes the FDR prayer memorial can help bring the nation together in faith once again.
As a sign of his hope, he cited the bipartisan support the bill received in 2014, allowing the project at the federal memorial to move forward.
“I think it’s true right now that the nation is in turmoil,” said Long.
“This is a time when we need the same continuance of prayer that Roosevelt asked for on D-Day,” he also said.
“Not one prayer, but a continuance of prayer.”
How are you praying for unity and continuance of prayer today? Share this article to encourage others to pray.
(Excerpt from Fox News. Photo Credit: Library of Congress on Unsplash)
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I accidentally reported my own prayer. 🙄
Yes. Holy Spirit You are redigging wells. Use this prayer that rests in the United States Bank account. Bring it forward as we remember and agree. In judgement remember mercy.
May my generation not be weary in what use to be, but continue to remind us of Your Faithfulness to all generations. Restore us again.
We believe in Your Government.
Righteousness and Justice is the foundation of Your throne.
We trust in You alone.
I pray His Word which is Truth, Psalm 2: Isaiah 30:15-18: Habakuk 3:1-2: and many more that declare God’s faithfulness and sovereign hold upon the Nations and all who lead. May the Lord, Our God show His glory to a world who has left Him.
Help us, Oh God, to continue this prayer! To continue this appeal to You, for in God
we do trust! And in the Name that is above all names do we pray!
Our public written documents from our history, reveal again and again (like the words of this prayer) that we are and have always been a nation founded on belief in Almighty God, dedicated to Him and the freedom to worship Him. (this is why preserving our true and accurate history is so important) Just 78 years ago, our nation’s response to crisis was prayer to God. I was overwhelmed as I read the different examples of things that took place at that time – like the churches and synagogues being open around the clock to accommodate all the people coming to pray. We needed “a continuance of prayer” then, we need that same “continuance of prayer” now. There are those desperately trying to write God out of our history (1619 project) and out of our lives. Preserving things like this prayer will serve to remind future generations of our true heritage. “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” Let us turn back to God and repent wholeheartedly. http://www.mtothe5th.wordpress.com
How true Barbara! We are desperate for a move of God in our nation to bring back true repentance! Let us pray together to beseech the King of kings and Lord of lords to move His hand of revival on our nation and bring us back to Him! I am reminded of the Welsh revival and how that turned the nation upside down!
Thank You for this powerful reminder IFA. I know the Lord hears our prayers and answers each and every one but I thank You for this forum which encourages MORE. More truth + more prayer = more perseverance. As we share in His Divine Nature, people of God, may we be effective and productive in our knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. I pray Lord, keep us from stumbling. Thank You Father. Thank You Jesus. Thank You Holy Spirit. Amen
Partakers of the Divine Nature
2 Peter: 3His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. 4Through these He has given us His precious and magnificent promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, now that you have escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
5For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith virtue; and to virtue, knowledge; 6and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. 8For if you possess these qualities and continue to grow in them, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9But whoever lacks these traits is nearsighted to the point of blindness, having forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins.
10Therefore, brothers, strive to make your calling and election sure. For if you practice these things you will never stumble, 11and you will receive a lavish reception into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Oh Lord God Almighty, our Grassroots activist, our sons and daughters, and Patriot Christians across the land are engaged in a battle as we Endeavor to stand against evil -that has buried its roots in our nation.. as our history has been tainted with a long-standing evil that has been ignored. We are endeavoring to stand against this evil..oh Lord God-, in Jesus name I pray you would help us.
I thank you for the outpouring of support and Grassroots activism that is grounded in your word to stand against evil -and the acknowledgement of the importance of our historical Roots being grounded in your word.
Lord let your power and love come forth to resuscitate our land even further. I thank you for the Groundswell of support ..I thank you for the activism- and I thank you for a return that is becoming more and more apparent to being Guided by your love. In the mighty Name of Jesus, Amen