Freedom for a Nation

The Battle of Chattanooga in November of 1863 was a critical point in the Civil War. Up to this point, the southern states seemed impenetrable. Considered the “Gateway to the South,” a victory in Chattanooga meant that Atlanta would be next, and then the defeat of the Confederacy could quickly follow.

Historians debate much over turning points in the Civil War, but it is obvious that there was a significant occurrence just one month earlier on October 3, 1863. In the third year of the bloodiest war in our nation’s history, with brother fighting against brother and hundreds of thousands dead, President Abraham Lincoln declared a “National Day of Thanksgiving and Praise.”

The initial reaction had to be surprise. How could people be thankful at a time like this? The words of the proclamation reveal Lincoln’s heart for eventual healing and restoration: “…I recommend…that while offering up the ascriptions justly to Him for such singular deliverance and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience…and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes…”

One month later Chattanooga fell. About half a year later Atlanta fell, followed by the surrender of the Confederacy, thus ending this horrific war. A National Day of Thanksgiving and Praise to the Almighty Hand of the Lord was timely in ending bloodshed and securing freedom for the entire nation.

–Adapted from the article Show Me the Proof: A Historical Look at How Prayer Turned the Tide in U.S. History by David Kubal in the Premiere Issue of Prayer Connect magazine.

Prayer Point

Today, please pray for the Arts and Entertainment industry in our nation: Pray for creativity, godliness and sensitivity to the Spirit. “See, the Lord has chosen Bezalel son of Uri the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts” (Exodus 35:30). See also: Isaiah 51:11; Ecclesiastes 3:4).


Holy Spirit, we are grateful for those who continue to pursue entertainment that brings honor and glory to Your Name and who will not compromise their beliefs to create what is displeasing to Your heart. Pour out Your grace in the midst of a culture that has largely turned its back on whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely and admirable, excellent or praiseworthy. Restore artistic creativity that will uplift and encourage rather than flaunt what is immoral and perverse. We pray for professionals in the arts and entertainment industry who have given their hearts to You to find favor and to be salt and light in dark places! In Jesus’ name!

***On November 14th we will transition back to our regular Connection! devotions format, which has been devoted to praying for our nation over the past 40 days. PLEASE do not stop praying for the nation! The prayer is not about the election – it is about seeking God on behalf of America.  2 Chronicles 7:14.

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