Scripture Reading: Matthew 21:18–22
Key Verse: Matthew 21:21
So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done.”
Some of the most noble and valiant events in history were born out of hearts that had an eternal perspective.
George Washington, renowned Revolutionary War general and first president of the United States, demonstrated such a heart. From his earliest days, he was taught by his mother to put God first in his life. When he accepted a position of leadership in the war, he had no idea how much his faith would be put to the test.
One of the most precious documents Washington ever produced as a young man was a small prayer diary that he titled “Daily Sacrifice.” Peter Marshall and David Manuel recount Washington’s prayer in The Light and the Glory:
O most glorious God … I acknowledge and confess my faults; in the weak and imperfect performance of the duties of this day.… O God, who art rich in mercy and plenteous in redemption, mark not, I beseech Thee, what I have done amiss.… Cover my sins with the absolute obedience of Thy dear Son … the sacrifice of Jesus Christ offered upon the cross for me.
Washington made a habit of private prayer, and his faith inspired his men in the most brutal conditions. He is remembered for his great deeds, certainly, but it is his faith that made his impact lasting. Only when your focus is on the eternal will your work have eternal merit.
Father, like George Washington, I confess that I am often weak and imperfect. I praise You for Your mercy in covering my sinfulness with the blood of Jesus.