First Principles Press has released book chronicling the history of prayer in America’s military establishment. “Endowed by Their Creator”: A Collection of Historic American Military Prayers 1774-Present is a must-read for service members seeking to understand the history and role of prayer in the military.
Since the founding of our country, our presidents and military leaders have led our nation and military through dark hours by calling upon the favor of Almighty God to both grant us victory and deliver us from evil. Prayer has historically been acknowledged as a “military necessity” by America’s uniformed military leadership
Religious liberty in the military is being threatened by anti-Christian activists. Commanders must honor certain religious liberties such as special food restrictions or wearing symbolic garments under certain conditions, but military chaplains are fighting to keep their right to pray in Jesus’ name. Secular activism and premature news reporting have created significant confusion for service members about the proper role of faith and prayer in the military.
Some articles have incorrectly reported that service members are not allowed to share their faith. Leaders have clarified that service members may engage in evangelism (sharing their faith), but not proselytism (actively attempting to convert). Figuring out exactly where the lines begin to blur is still left up to the confused corporal, captain, and chaplain.
Marine Corps veteran Colonel Ronald D. Ray (Ret.) and his team of researchers have created in Endowed by Their Creator a reminder of our military’s rich history of prayerful leaders dedicated to protecting the freedoms and liberties granted to us by Almighty God.
In this book you will learn:
- How belief in Almighty God and Divine Providence are woven into American history from the Declaration of Independence to recent presidential inaugural addresses
- How science confirms the military necessity of prayer
- how “God” and the “Creator” are recognized in tens of thousands of official government documents
- how belief in God influenced the U.S. Military Code of Conduct
- the history of military prayer books published and/or distributed through government channels
In Endowed by Their Creator, you will read the prayers of:
- General George C. Marshall
- Benjamin Franklin
- General George Washington
- John Adams
- President Thomas Jefferson
- Andres Jackson
- Francis Scott Key
- President Abraham Lincoln
- General George Patton
- General Omar Bradley
- Herbert Hoover
- General Dwight D. Eisenhower, and more
In Endowed by Their Creator, you will learn about senior American commanders and leaders who contributed to prayer books, such as:
- General Clifton B. Cates, Commandant of the Marine Corps
- Douglas MacArthur, General of the Army
- Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimtz
- Captain Eddie Rickenbacker, fighter ace and Medal of Honor recipient
- Vice-Admiral Merlin O’Neill, Commandant of the United States Coast Guard
- General Hoyt S. Vandenberg, Commander of the Air Force
- General Curtis E. LeMay, Chief of Staff of the Air Force, and more¹
Prayer has been an important part of American military history since 1774.
Endowed by Their Creator gives us a glimpse into the past, encouragement for the present, and hope for the future.
It is a must read for all commanders and troops looking for comfort during increasing attacks on the principles upon which our country was founded. The authors hope the book will:
“. . . provide guidance, comfort, and confidence through Jesus Christ for all who serve to protect America as One Nation Under God, whose Official National Motto is, ‘In God We Trust.'”²
Will you help ensure our American service members can continue to worship and pray according to their conscience?
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¹ Colonel Ronald D. Ray (Ret.), Endowed by Their Creator: A Collection of Historic American Military Prayers: 1774-Present (Crestwood: First Principles Press, 2013), 176-178.
² Ibid., ix.