Unless I have missed something, no call for prayer has come from the Biden White House during this time of national and international crisis. Even after 12 Marines were killed today in the midst of the turmoil in Afghanistan, there is still no call for the nation to pray.
Why not? Such an official prayer call from the White House would not be unusual. It would, in fact, be the American thing to do.
From the very beginning of our Republic, presidents from George Washington to Donald Trump have called on the nation to pray in times of national distress. During the seven-year Revolutionary War, no less than 15 calls for days of prayer, repentance, and fasting were issued by the Continental Congress.
The historian, William Novak has said, “In all moments of imminent danger, as in the first Act of the First Continental Congress, the founding generation turned to prayer” (Hyatt, 1726:The Year that Defined America, 109).
Could it be that this White House is too smug and proud to pray? Could it be that President Abaham Lincoln’s assessment of America at the time of the Civil War describes this White House? In proclaiming a day of prayer and humiliation for April 30, 1863, Lincoln included a stinging rebuke, saying,
We have forgotten the gracious Hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us (Hyatt, 1726:The Year that Defined America, 185)!
Perhaps we should not be surprised by this prayerless White House since it has officially embraced atheism. In 2019 the Democrat National Committee (DNC) unanimously passed a resolution affirming atheism and declaring that neither Christianity nor any religion is necessary for morality and patriotism. In other words, the Democrat Party has officially declared, “We don’t need God.”
I call on President Biden and leaders of the DNC to renounce the above resolution and acknowledge our need for Divine assistance by issuing a call for a national day of prayer at this time of national and international distress.
This article is derived from Dr. Eddie Hyatt's book, 1726: The Year that Defined America, available from Amazon and his website at www.eddiehyatt.com. He is the founder of the "1726 Project" dedicated to educating America about her godly roots in the 18th century Great Awakening. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.