Great Men Pray

Women are more spiritual than men. Women seem to “feel” God more than we men do. And honestly, they tend to be just nicer human beings. Men may be less emotional about it, but the fact is most men know they need God. 

Great men, great leaders, have turned to God because they know they need help that they cannot generate.  You could be a great NFL player, but that does not help when you child is diagnosed with cancer, or your wife decides she wants a guy that makes more money than you.  Men know they need Him.

One of my favorite stories comes from the time of the Civil War in America.  It was July 1863 and the Confederate army had defeated the Union army with humiliating defeats.  The Union with more money, more men, and vastly more resources had suffered staggering losses at the hands of the superior generals of the South. The attempts to bring the Confederate rebels to surrender was met with shameful reports of great loss of lives and the Union’s army retreating with their tails between their legs. President Lincoln was faced with continual destruction of his army. It was getting worse, not better.


Now near the end of June 1863, the Confederates were invading the North. They would be in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.  President Lincoln could see the war could be lost.  There was nowhere else to go except to God. So he prayed. These are his words, “In the pinch of the campaign up there, when everybody seemed panic-stricken, and nobody could tell what was going to happen, oppressed by the gravity of our affairs, I went to my room one day, and I locked the door, and got down on my knees before Almighty God, and prayed to Him mightily for victory at Gettysburg. I told Him that this was His war, and our cause, His cause, but we couldn’t stand another Fredericksburg or Chancellorsville. And I then and there made a solemn vow to Almighty God, that if He would stand by our boys at Gettysburg, I would stand by Him. And He did stand by your boys, and I will stand by Him. And after that (I don’t know how it was, and I can’t explain it), soon a sweet comfort crept into my soul that God Almighty had taken the whole business into his own hands and that things would go all right at Gettysburg.”

 “Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I shall rescue you, and you will honor Me." Psa. 50:15

This is an axiom for all.  A great man, a wise man, runs to God in the day of trouble.  President Lincoln did what men have done for millennia.  They cried out to the only One who could help them.

Lincoln said, “I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.” The God he cried to is here today.  Have you cried to Him like that?