Prayer played its part in WW ll
For men of faith knew what God could do
Like, as when the freezing rain pounded
A troop found themselves surrounded...
General Patton asked the chaplain to write a letter
A prayer to be shared to ask for good weather
Three thousand men were enlisted then to pray
Bringing to mind the faith of Gideon's day
A week later, after the prayers began
That God heard them? The men knew that He had!
For the rain ceased and sudden relief came
And, the victory was won in God's name
Just before the Battle of the Bulge, as Allied forces found themselves surrounded by the enemy and hounded by freezing rain that kept reinforcements from reaching them in the Ardennes Forest, Gen. George Patton asked his chief chaplain to write a prayer for good weather. Patton then used it as a training letter for 3,000 officers, asking them to instruct all their enlisted men to pray. “Those who pray do more for the world than those who fight,” the letter said. “We must urge, instruct and indoctrinate every fighting man to pray as well as fight. In Gideon’s day and in our own, spiritually alert minorities carry the burdens and bring the victories.”http://www.pattonhq.com/prayer.html
A week after the prayers began, the troops received an answer: The rain ceased, relief came and the Nazi advance was crushed.
The letter of 1944 shows us that with all the battles we have to fight, and all the means that have been given to us with which to fight them, our most effective weapon is always prayer. The One Who calls His people to be overcomers holds all victories in His hands, and is able to do “immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine.”