10 Powerful Prayers from Leaders throughout History

9. Fanny Crosby

Poet, Composer

“All Glory Be Thine” is one of the many songs Fanny Crosby wrote, but the lyrics are really a prayer of worship. The words not only declare God’s sovereignty, but Crosby’s sense of awe about Him as well. She calls us to lift our eyes to see the wonder of our Lord. 

“Thou only art holy, Thou only the Lord; Truth, mercy and judgment shine forth in Thy Word. Thou rulest and reignest all others above; Thy throne is eternal, Thy scepter is love. Thou only art holy; In Thee is our trust; Thy laws are unchanging, Thy statutes are just. All nations and people before Thee shall fall; The Father, Redeemer and Savior of all”

10. Prayer of A Naval Serviceman

US Navy

Written for use by members of the American navy, this prayer is a personal dedication to a righteous life. The sentiment, that everything we do matters to God, is challenging and also encouraging. We can express obedience through our attitude and our thoughts, as well as our actions.

“All mighty Father,
whose way is in the sea
and whose paths are in the great waters
whose command is over all and whose love never faileth:
Let me be aware of Thy presence
and obedient to Thy will.
Keep me true to my best self,
guarding me against dishonesty in purpose and in deed,
and helping me so to live
that I can stand unashamed and unafraid before my shipmates,
my loved ones, and Thee.

Protect those in whose love I live.
Give me the will to do the work of a man
and to accept my share of responsibilities
with a strong heart and a cheerful mind.
Make me considerate of those entrusted to my leadership
and faithful to the duties my country has entrusted to me.
Let my uniform remind me daily
of the traditions of the Service of which I am a part.

If I am inclined to doubt, steady my faith;
If I am tempted, make me strong to resist;
if I should miss the mark, give me courage to try again.
Guide me with the light of truth and keep before me the life of Him
by whose example and help I trust
to obtain the answer to my prayer,
Jesus Christ, our Lord.

As believers, we know that God calls us to pray. And seeing how others before us turned to God with their burdens can boost our own prayer life.

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