“In this poignant moment I ask you to join with me in prayer; Almighty God: our sons, pride of our nation, this day have set on a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity… They will need Thy blessings. Their road will be long and hard. For the enemy is strong. He may hurl back our forces. Success may not come with rushing speed, but we shall return again and again; and we know that by Thy grace, and by the righteousness of our cause, our sons will triumph. They will be sore tried, by night and by day, without rest—until the victory is won.”
On that day, 4,400 allied forces died and over 9,000 were wounded and missing in action. Before they gave up their lives in service to our country and freedom around the world, the President prayed for them and asked God to make their fighting and sacrifices count for good and for the preservation of our civilization on earth. Though my dad was not a part of the invasion of France, he was a part of 30,000 American troops in Iceland at that time who guarded the northern shipping lanes in the Atlantic Ocean. This mission preserved the vital transport of troops and supplies so important to the invasion effort. While President Roosevelt’s prayer focused on the invasion forces, I believe it included my dad and all others who served to defeat our bitter enemy.
Do you know that God’s will and purpose is immutable?
That means God has established the final outcome and the overall goal of everything He has created. While things change, kingdom’s rise and fall, and good and evil struggle within God’s plan. The end result is already determined by God Himself. Here is the way King David talked about God’s plan, “Of old You founded the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands, even they will perish, but You endure; And all of them will wear out like a garment; like clothing You will change them and they will be changed. But You are the same, and Your years will not come to an end.” (Psalm 102: 25-27)
Listen to the apostle Paul’s trust in the direction of God’s unchanging will, “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6)
President Roosevelt believed that God is in control of everything and that His will for all those who put their lives on the line that day would result in a mighty victory over a hard and determined enemy. He also believed in the ultimate TRIUMPH of God’s sovereign plan for His creation. It’s like that which Jesus taught us to pray, “Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10)
In this day of COVID 19, economic uncertainty, racial unrest, and political division, choose to pray like Jesus taught and Roosevelt practiced. God’s “VICTORY WILL BE WON” as we pray and fight together with Him.
We can trust God because His plan never changes.