And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:13)
ON THE NIGHT OF JUNE 6, 1944, President Roosevelt went on national radio to address the nation for the first time about the Normandy invasion that had begun that morning at 6:30 a.m. This is the most complete version of the broadcast that I could find. You will want to listen to it and play it for your family….because…..
ON THAT EVENING, MANY THOUSANDS OF FAMILIES hovered around their radios…all across America to hear his address, which included a prayer for the men involved in the invasion. I hope the link works for you. It should bring up a picture of President Roosevelt behind several microphones. On the screen is a blue block with a white arrow in it. Click the arrow. A commercial will come on. Wait for the commercial to finish.
THIS IS THE COMPLETE PRAYER and I think it is important that we review it. On the evening of the broadcast, American newspapers had printed the President’s speech and prayer. This gave the greatest possible exposure of the prayer to all Americans. The comments made by the announcer are helpful in understanding the broadcast.
ONE OF THE PRINTED BIOGRAPHIES OF GENERAL DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER, Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces, reveals that on the night before the invasion, he spent most of the night in prayer. He paced back and forth in his room, praying to the God of Heaven to help the men in the Allied Armies who were going into the biggest battle in the history of the world.
AFTER THE INVASION WAS UNDERWAY, people did much praying; individually, in homes, churches, schools, factories and in small groups of all kinds. At the Flatrock Baptist-Methodist church in Flat Rock, AL, the women of the community met weekly at the church to pray for the safety and success of the men fighting the war. They gathered at the altar of the church and prayed earnestly on their knees. All over America, this was going on. Prayer meetings everywhere.
I WAS SAVED IN OCTOBER 1943 IN A MEETING IN A COMMERCIAL BEAN MARKET in the middle of the war. The bean growing season was over when frost came, and the big bean market building was available for a meeting. The market was filled with people every night. I was nine years old and my mother let me go by myself to the meeting every night. Churches filled up during the war.
SIXTEEN MILLION+ AMERICAN MEN AND WOMEN WERE IN UNIFORM. All males 18 years old and up were required to register for the draft. Every county had a Draft Board. The nation was in a very patriotic mood, a fighting mood, and in a mood to pray. The Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor on Sunday, December 7, 1941 galvanized the soul of America in one day.
THERE WAS A GREAT SURGE OF YOUNG MEN volunteering the next week for military service.
AFTER THE WAR, MANY STORIES WERE TOLD ABOUT STRANGE THINGS that happened that allowed some men to escape death. Books and magazine articles were printed about these incidents. It is important that we know about wartime praying. How much do we need to pray today for our country, seeing we are so divided? Ω
Read Through the Bible in a Year
JUNE 10, 2019 – MONDAY
A.M. 2Chronicles: 32-33 P.M. John 18:24-40
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Memory Verse This Month:
Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance. The LORD looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men. (Psalm 33:12-13)
Song for Today:
Battle Hymn of the Republic (5:18) – (The United States Army Field Band)
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