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In 1780, the Reverend Samuel A. Doak, a Presbyterian Minister, from what eventually became present day Washington County Tennessee, mustered an armed force at Sycamore Shoals.  Soon afterwards,  this group along with others, met and preempted the British on Kings Mountain in South Carolina.  In so doing, the colonists won a decisive battle for American Independence in the South.  The Prayer.....
 
"Almightly and gracious God, thou hast been the refuge and strength of Thy people in all ages.  In time of sorest need we have learned to come to Thee - our Rock and our Fortress.  Thou knowest the dangers and snares that surround us on march and in battle.  Thou knowest the dangers that constantly threaten the humble but well beloved homes which Thy servants have left behind them. 
 
Oh, in Thine infinite mercy, save us from the cruel hand of the savage, and of the tyrant.  Save the unprotected homes while fathers and husbands and sons are far away fighting for freedom and helping the oppressed.
 
Thou, who promised to protect the sparrow in its flight, keep ceaseless watch, by day and night, over our loved ones.  The helpless woman and little children, we commit to Thy care.  Thou wilt not leave them or forsake them in times of loneliness, anxiety and terror.
 
Oh God of Battle, arise in Thy might.  Avenge the slaughter of thy people.  Confound those who plot for our destruction.  Crown this mighty effort with victory, and smite those who exalt themselves against liberty and justice and truth.
 
Help us as good soldiers to wield the Sword of the Lord and Gideon.  Amen"
 
I thought you would enjoy reading this prayer, a part of the good Reverend's sermon to the citizen soliders who were about to go off to war in defense of their homeland.
 
To me, it's amazing how this prayer (recited in September of 1780) applies to our nation today and the trials we are facing as a free people!

A prayer for our people.

"Almighty and gracious God, thou hast been the refuge and strength of Thy people in all ages. In time of sorest need we have learned to come to Thee-our Rock and our Fortress. Thou knowest the dangers and snares that surround us on march and in battle. Thou knowest the dangers that constantly threaten the humble but well beloved homes which Thy servants have left behind them.

Oh, in Thine infinite mercy, save us from the cruel hand of the savage, and of the tyrant. Save the unprotected homes while fathers and husbands and sons are far away fighting for freedom and helping the oppressed.

Thou, who promised to protect the sparrow in its flight, keep ceaseless watch, by day and night, over our loved ones. The helpless woman and little children, we commit to Thy care. Thou wilt not leave them or forsake them in times of loneliness, anxiety and terror.

Oh God of
Battle, arise in Thy might. Avenge the slaughter of thy people. Confound those who plot for our destruction. Crown this mighty effort with victory, and smite those who exalt themselves against liberty and justice and truth.

Help us as good soldiers to wield the Sword of the Lord and Gideon. Amen"

 

 

 

 

 

In 1780, the Reverend Samuel A. Doak, a Presbyterian Minister, from what eventually became present day Washington County Tennessee, mustered an armed force at Sycamore Shoals. Soon afterwards this group, along with others, met and preempted the British on Kings Mountain in South Carolina. In so doing the colonists won a decisive battle for American Independence in the South.

 

I thought you would enjoy hearing this prayer, a part of the good Reverends sermon to the citizen soldiers who were about to go off to war in defense of their homeland.

To me, it's amazing how this prayer (recited in September of 1780) applies to our nation today and the trials we are facing as a free people!