Monday 10 August 2020
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
During the American Civil War, a young soldier in the Union Army lost both
his older brother and his father in the Battle of Gettysburg. The soldier decided to go to Washington, to see President Lincoln. He had decided to ask for
an exemption from military service so that he could go back to the family
farm and help his sister and mother with the spring planting.
When he arrived in Washington, he went to the White House. Approaching
the front gate, he asked to see the president. The guard on duty told him,
“YOU can’t see the president, young man! The president is a very busy man!
Now go away, son! Get back out there on the battle lines, where you belong!”
Whilst sitting on a park bench not far from the White House a little boy came
up to him and asked what was wrong. The soldier began to share his sad story. The little boy listened and said “I can help you, soldier.” He took the soldier by the hand and led him back to the front gate of the White House. Apparently the guard didn’t notice them, because they weren’t stopped. They
walked straight to the front door of the White House and walked right in.
After they got inside, they walked right past the generals and high ranking
officials, and no one said a word. The soldier couldn’t understand what was
happening. Why didn’t anyone stop them? Finally they reached the Oval
Office—where the president was working—and the little boy didn’t even
knock on the door. He just walked right in and led the soldier in with him.
There behind the desk were Abraham Lincoln and his secretary of state, looking over the battle plans that were laid out on the desk. The president glanced
at the soldier and then looked at the boy with a smile. “Good afternoon, Tad.
Can you introduce me to your friend?” And Tad Lincoln, the son of the president of the United States, said, “Daddy, this soldier needs to talk to you.” The
soldier pleaded his case before Mr. Lincoln, and right then and there he received the exemption from the war that he desired.
Prayer simply takes us into the heart of God joining with Him, in a fellowship
of burning love, and to a place where we gain access to the all powerful God
who is able to make things happen according to his will. Lets recapture the
passion for drawing near to God the Father, through Jesus the son, and receive the movement of the Holy Spirit as we pray, may the fire of our love for
God the Father, Spirit, and Son be renewed, and kindled afresh in our hearts.
Matthew 6 v 5-13, John 15 v 9
"Prayer should not be regarded as a duty which must be performed, but rather as a privilege to be enjoyed, a rare delight that is always revealing some new beauty."