The Impact of God's Word
"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path."1
Abraham Lincoln said, "I recognize the sublime truth announced in the Holy Scriptures [the Bible] and proven by all history, that those nations only are blest whose God is the Lord."
John Marshall, a former chief justice of the Supreme Court, said of George Washington, "He was a sincere believer in the Christian faith, a truly devout man."
When Washington was close to death, he asked those with him to leave the room so he could spend time alone with God. Later when his secretary, Tobias Lear, returned, Washington said, "'Tis well." He then closed his eyes and prayed, "Father of mercies, take me to Thyself." That was his last prayer.
And former president John Quincy Adams is reported to have said, "I have for many years made it a practice to read through the Bible once a year. My custom is to read four or five chapters every morning immediately after rising from my bed. It employs about an hour of my time, and seems to me the most suitable manner for beginning the day. In what light soever we regard the Bible, whether with reference to revelation, to history, or to mortality, it is an invaluable and inexhaustible mine of knowledge and Virtue."
Suggested prayer: "Dear God, again this day I commit and trust my life and way to you and that of (name your loved ones). Thank you for the powerful impact of your Word, the Bible. Please give me a greater love to read and study your Word, trust in its guidance, and live by its principles today and every day. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."
1. Psalm 119:105 (NIV).