January 5th – Thursday

And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do what pleases Him. – 1 John 3:22

Stephen Decatur, Jr., was born in Sinepuxent, Maryland, on this day in 1779. His father was a commodore in the U.S. Navy during the American Revolution. Entering the service at just 19, Stephen Jr. became the youngest captain in U.S. naval history. He also oversaw the construction of several ships. He served through the Barbary Wars, the Quasi-War, and the War of 1812. He was known for his heroism, his leadership, and his concern for those under his command. While commanding the USS President in 1815, Decatur had to surrender his ship to the British after a difficult battle and was taken prisoner. He was released after the Treaty of Ghent restored peace. He later served as Navy Commissioner, then died in a duel in 1820. As you consider this naval officer today, pray for those in positions of authority to strive for the same qualities of character.

As the Lord leads, pray with us…

  • For the defense secretary and joint chiefs of staff as they assess military threats across the globe and advise the president.
  • For the generals, admirals, commanders, and other U.S. military leaders overseeing active-duty personnel around the world.

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