“God is our only refuge and our strength. Let us humble ourselves before him. Let us confess our many sins, and beseech him to give us a higher courage, a purer patriotism and more determined will: that he will convert the hearts of our enemies: that he will hasten the time when war, with its sorrows and sufferings, shall cease, and that he will give us a name and place among the nations of the earth.” – Robert E. Lee, August 13, 1863
Five or six years ago, I was robbed at gunpoint with my seven or eight year old son witnessing the whole event. Although suffering emotionally for several days afterward, we were – thanks be to God – not harmed physically. To my knowledge the thief was never caught.
To this day, I still wish for justice. I think that if this dangerous individual was caught, perhaps he wouldn’t be able to do real harm to someone else. However, what I really think is that when faced with evil in this world, the real good we can do is turn our eyes to the Lord and Pray.
I get it. Sometimes it’s not easy to want to stop during the day and talk to our Creator. I don’t do it enough myself. But when we are setting out to take a stand against the Great Deceiver, we must think to talk with God. Our veterans and their families did this countless times when faced with much greater hardships than us (as seen in the image above of a prayer meeting in Stonewall Jackson’s camp). And I believe God did help them, and possibly continues to answer their prayers through us.
I’ve learned that if we want to see real change in our communities, we must first get on our knees and pray about it. Just like that guy that robbed me. What if someone had prayed for him when he was a child, or had shared the Gospel with him in such a way that it made a real difference in his life? If that had happened, he wouldn’t have robbed me that’s for sure! Or what if my prayers for him now are heard by the Lord and he turn this man’s heart to Him? So that he never hurts anyone again? The same goes for those who wish to tear down and censor our Veterans Monuments, or those who want to spread lies and deceptions about history. We must pray for their hearts to be changed, and for us to know how to stand for the Lord’s Truth in the most honorable of ways.
So if you can, please make it a point to pray as often as you can this month. Pray for our leaders in the Sons of Confederate Veterans and pray for those who attack our veterans. Pray for a change in the darkened hearts of those who are without the Lord.
For further reading, please see:
- Christ in the Camp: The True Story of the Great Revival During the War Between the States by J. William Jones
- Life and Campaigns of Lt. General Thomas J. Stonewall Jackson by Robert Lewis Dabney