Notice the personal piety and faith that President Eisenhower brought to his comments to our nation.
1 Timothy 1:1-2 instructs us to pray for those who lead us, but this prayer is more reminiscent of King David’s prayer in 1 Chronicles 29:10-20.
MY friends, before I begin the expression of those thoughts that I deem appropriate to this moment, would you permit me the privilege of uttering a little private prayer of my own. And I ask that you bow your heads:
Almighty God, as we stand here at this moment, my future associates in the executive branch of government join me in beseeching that Thou will make full and complete our dedication to the service of the people in this throng, and their fellow citizens everywhere.
Give us, we pray, the power to discern clearly right from wrong, and allow all our words and actions to be governed thereby, and by the laws of this land. Especially we pray that our concern shall be for all the people regardless of station, race, or calling.
May cooperation be permitted and be the mutual aim of those who, under the concepts of our Constitution, hold to differing political faiths; so that all may work for the good of our beloved country and Thy glory. Amen.
While our current experience, like it has at all times, falls short of the ideals of our Constitution, it is good for Christians to pray for our nation in the ways that President Eisenhower prayed.
Grace to all of you,