George Washington’s Prayer at Valley Forge

George Washington's Prayer at Valley Forge

Many of y’all know that today is George Washington’s birthday.  I always remember because it’s also my mom’s birthday. (Happy Birthday Mom!)

George Washington is regarded for many things not the least of which is being a great man of faith and of prayer.  Last night I was listening to John read to the girls the story of George Washington’s prayer at Valley Forge from our former secretary of education, William J. Bennett’s “Children’s Book of Virtues.”  I thought these excerpts of the story would inspire you prayer warriors out there.  (even the British ones – LOL)

A Prayer at Valley Forge in Pennsylvania, during the revolutionary war, in the freezing cold month of December –

“Snow drifted in at the windows because there was no glass.  Cold rain dripped through the roofs.  Sometimes they (soldiers) sat up all night crowding around the fire to keep from freezing to death.  Their clothing was worse than their shelter.  The whole army was in rags.  Many of the men had no shirts.  Even more were without shoes.  Wherever they walked, the snow was marked with their blood.  Around the camp, the groans of men who were sick and starving filled the air…”

“One cold day, a quaker farmer was walking along a creek at Valley Forge when he heard the murmur of a solemn voice…  Through the thicket he saw a lone man, on his knees, in the snow.  It was General Washington.  His cheeks were wet with tears as he prayed to the Almighty for help and guidance…”

“The farmer quietly slipped away.  When he reached home, he said to his wife, “Hannah, my dear!  All is well!  The Americans will win their independence!  George Washington will succeed!”

“What makes thee think so, Isaac?” she asked.

“I have heard him pray, Hannah, out in the woods today,” he said. “If there is anyone on this earth the Lord will listen to, it is this brave man.  He will listen Hannah.  Rest assured, He will.”

“The farmer was right.  When the last of the harsh winter melted away, and a soft green crept over the hillsides, George Washington’s army still lived.  Against all odds, they had outlasted the cruel Valley Forge snows.  With new hope, the patriots marched away behind their brave commander to fight the British and win their freedom.”

Oh that it would be said of me  “All is well – I have heard her pray.”

Love to all,




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6 responses to “George Washington’s Prayer at Valley Forge

  1. Guy Prater

    I can’t tell you how inspiring you and John have been with your journal entries about Paul. I don’t know Paul – never met him, but I feel like he is my family also, and I too feel your pain, your joy, your trust and love each time I read CaringBridge. Thank you so much for using this medium of CB but more than that – for opening your heart that ours may learn more about love of our fellow man.
    PS – you can call me Unk if you want to. 😉

  2. Wesley Pollick

    Thank You.

  3. Thank you so much for sharing this story with us. My 6yo is home sick this week from school so we will be homeschooling for the week. This will be the PERFECT story to share during our lesson about our Dear President Washington. Oh that our land were still in his hands… And yes, like you said, I too pray that the same might be said of me as a mother one day. Thank you again!

  4. Kona Todd

    I stumbled upon your blog while searching for an image of this painting to show my oldest son. The original print is absolutely huge; somewhere in the 20 feet by 40 feet size. I first saw it in a gallery in Park City, Utah. I was so taken by the image that I literally asked the woman behind the counter if I could just stand there and look at it. She said, “I don’t mind at all. You’d be suprised how many people just stand there and stare.”
    The amazing sense of history, awe, wonder, and the absolute faith Washington had in his troops, country, and Lord came upon me as I stood there some 30 minutes. The feeling of that morning stays with me til this day.
    With my renewed faith I have made it a point to humble myself in prayer every morning. As the father of a 5 month-old I can only say “thank you” for your post. It has meant more than you will know.

  5. Thank you very much for this.
    My birthday, too.

  6. Cristian Lupu- Romania

    I cried.

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