Many children (and teachers) will be saying the pledge of allegiance daily when they go back to school in August. As an adult, I can still imagine myself as a child saying the promise to our country, “I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation UNDER GOD, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” Although, sometimes it becomes a mundane experience with the passing of each day. We should have such pride in our country as we recite this oath.
Francis Bellamy is the author of this pledge written in 1892 as a celebration of the 400th anniversary of America’s discovery. The phrase “Under God” wasn’t originally in the pledge. This important statement was proposed to be added in 1954 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Congress approved it and despite several cases of removing this phrase later on- it was deemed that it was representing a patriotic exercise. (Facts from http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/04/us/pledge-of-allegiance-fast-facts/index.html)
Pledging allegiance to the American flag and the nation on which it stands is a privilege and reminder of our great heritage. May it also remind us of our pledge to pray for God’s mercy and grace upon this nation through a sweeping revival where tens of millions of Americans are saved.
Why not have the same everyday routine with the RAM Prayer? Perhaps have your children say this prayer before school. Always remember to believe in what you are saying and contemplate the impact this can have on our America. "Heavenly Father, please have mercy on America and send us a nation-changing revival in which tens of millions of Americans get saved. In Jesus' name we pray, Amen."
“14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 (KJV). The power of prayer is astonishing. Imagine what we could do if we all prayed daily in every state and every county in America!