“March! 1-2-3…March! I’m the line leader!” my 5-year-old confidently proclaimed as she established her territory around the perimeter of our living room. She held that leadership position for all of a minute before she was ousted by the elbows and shoves of her 3-year-old sister.
“No, I’M the line leader!” the little one rebutted, with her hat on her head, her flute in her mouth, and her full-fledged courage in her steps. They would’ve marched (and fought) all day if I didn’t step in to set them both straight and place them BOTH back in line.
As I halted their mini-march around our little house of Jericho, I thought back to the bible story. When God’s chosen people, the Israelites, marched in the POWER and the presence of a mighty God, the impossible happened. Walls came crumbling down. And they made it into their promised land.
I think about us, our families, our faith and the walls of doubt and struggles that we all face. And how we have the same God-granted opportunity to hold our position in prayer, to blow our horns of praise, and to keep marching on in faith. And then, by the hand of the living God, watch those man-made walls come crashing down.
How long did they march? As long as it took. How long should we keep marching and praying until we make it to our promise? As long as it takes. Until the walls come crumbling down. And know that He who promises is always faithful. So march and pray on girlfriends! Pray on!
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23
By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the army had marched around them for seven days. Hebrews 11:30
Song: Place of Freedom (I’m gonna shout your name, ’til the walls come falling down!)
The same applies to praying for our country as we consider the obstacles we face as a nation. Technically, the Israelite priests, leaders, marched around the city of Jericho 13 times before the walls finally came down. So ironically today, on MARCH 13th, I’m revisiting Jericho, as well as our own country’s challenges.
With that thought in mind, I want to highlight a new book, Exploring the Faith of America’s Presidents, by my friend Kendra Armstrong. With lives short on time and long on lists, this quick read sums up what many of us have wondered, yet never taken the time to explore: Where did our own presidential “line leaders” stand on matters of faith, and even more, what words have they spoken that have stood the test of time?
Check it out. The authors have done all the research and wrapped it up in an easy-to-understand, quick-to-read format, and even better–they’ve provided faith principles to apply!
A favorite presidential quote from the book:
“If we ever forget that we are one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.” Ronald Reagan.
FIND IT ON AMAZON: