Fort Greely Prayer Luncheon

Our Father in Heaven,

We are, profoundly, honored to be gathered together this day. And it is not because of pride in who we consider ourselves to be, neither is it the offices and authorities which we presume to hold, nor the things we suppose we have accomplished. No Father, it is pride in You, pride in the liberty we enjoy today, in a freedom that has no earthly parallel.

As each of us stands here now, of our own volition, we nevertheless feel compelled to give thanks for the many blessings which You daily shower upon our heads. Our families live in safety, our bellies are full, and our lives the same. We live here, in this land of stark beauty; and though it is remote, and at times, inhospitable, it too is a treasure truly worthy of Heaven.

And, lest we forget as we are apt to do, we must every so often recall the inspiration and sacrifice of those Americans who have gone before, who pledged their lives, their duty, and their sacred honor to the idea that government of the People, by the People, and for the People should not perish from the earth.

It is for the sake of those Soldiers and citizens, Presidents and congressmen, who acknowledged the role of our Creator at the very inception of our grand republic, that we must ask from where, from whom, springs forth these inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?

As it is written in the Book of Isaiah: “Who hath wrought and done it, calling the generations from the beginning? I the Lord, the first, and with the last; I am He.”

As guardians of our homeland, staunch and unyielding defenders of our nation’s way of life, we understand, Heavenly Father, that these rights are not ours to give and take away as we please, but that they come from You alone. We understand that it is our mission to preserve them, not only for ourselves, but for our children, our grandchildren, and for the untold generations who will follow after. They, like us, must all have the freedom of human choice to travel the path of liberty forged in the fires of revolution by our Founding Fathers.

And so, Heavenly Father, we pray with all the earnestness our hearts can muster that this Nation’s leaders, in Washington DC, those that represent Alaska, and those from all of the United States of America, that these leaders would recognize and embrace these same unquestionable truths. We pray that we may serve the People of this great nation under their inspired direction, and that we may stand with them in that same spirit of brotherly love and kinship which binds together those gathered in this chapel today.

And though there is great uncertainty in the days ahead, and many challenges lie before us which will be difficult to overcome, we know to whom we may unerringly turn for courage and support. We pray that our nation’s leaders would find this same refuge and safety as they face even greater trials than we can here imagine. As it is sung in that old Gospel Hymn, “Fear not, I am with thee, O be not dismayed, for I am thy God, and will still give thee aid. I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand, upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand.”

May our nation and our leaders look to thee, O God, and live, is our righteous desire; in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.


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