In the darkest hours of the Revolutionary War, Gen. George Washington unfurled an unusual flag. It wasn’t the stars and stripes. It wasn’t red, white and blue. It was a simple white flag with an evergreen tree sewn on it. Above the tree were the words, “APPEAL TO HEAVEN”. Washington knew he was out-gunned, out-manned and out-supplied when compared with the mighty British ships, supplies and battalions. This was Washington’s heart-cry of prayer as they pressed on through the streams, hills, valleys and bunkers of Virginia. He knew that without the intervention of God this new nation would die prematurely.
The phrase came from an English philosopher and doctor who wrote a treatise in which he stated that when people have exhausted all courts, arbitrators and kings, “Then they may appeal to heaven.” Few remember that the Revolutionary War was accompanied by a strong wave of prayer. The green and white flag that flew above the six cruisers under Washington’s leadership symbolized this revival of prayer. It flew as a moniker of the godly desperation and prayers of our founding fathers to our Heavenly Father.
I think you’d agree that after all the controversies, violence and discord we see on a daily basis, it’s about time we begin to, as a nation, appeal to Heaven once again. We need that more than anything else. We need it more than schools, armies, or even healthcare.
We need prayer.
As citizens of the United States, we must appeal to Heaven for our families, our broken relationships, and our churches. Because when we pray, we are entering into covenant with the words of Jesus and the promise that if we seek first His Kingdom, then all these things will be added unto us.
Can you hear the voices of our forefathers?
“It is impossible to rightly govern . . . without God & the Bible.” – George Washington
“No book in the world deserves to be so unceasingly studied, and so profoundly meditated upon as the Bible.” – John Quincy Adams
“I have lived, Sir, a long time and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth — that God governs in the affairs of men.” – Benjamin Franklin
Lord, let us not forget the faith that saved us, that freed us, from the bondage of slavery and the bondage of sin. Lord, hide us under the shadow of Your wings.
Revive us, O Lord!
May we appeal to Heaven.