Ephesians 3:20-21 “Now to Him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us—to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” CSB

On May 9 1798, President John Adams called for a day of fasting and prayer. Times were tense with France and Great Britain. Both countries were intercepting our ships and confiscating our goods in an effort to disrupt each other’s economies. We were a poor country and not equipped to fight either power, though we did build up our navy and then fought the French in the Atlantic in what is often referred to by historians as the Quasi War.

Adams was not an orthodox Christian, because he did not believe in the deity of Christ, or that Christ died for our sins. But Adams did believe in a loving Creator God who cared for those who served Him. Thus, it is not surprising that Adams knew America needed more than a decent navy if we were going to survive. This led to his appeal for fasting and prayer.

As I was working on this devotion, I got a card in the mail from my friends Jeff and Sheri Stewardson. The card had the perfect Scripture for today. God calls us to communicate with Him, and He is capable of doing much more than we can imagine asking for, so why wouldn’t we reach out to Him today and ask for His mercy and guidance? He is more than great, and He loves us. May we pray with confidence today.

This devotion was taken from Devotions with Presidents.