January 26th – Thursday

I know, my God, that You test the heart and have pleasure in uprightness. – 1 Chronicles 29:17

In its infancy, the United States Army was commanded by the Secretary at War. The first to hold this post was Benjamin Lincoln. He was born in January 1733 in Massachusetts and served in the Continental Army during the American Revolution. Prior to the Declaration of Independence, Lincoln had commanded the Massachusetts militia, overseeing the defense of his state’s coastal areas. He successfully drove the Royal Navy out of Boston Harbor in May 1776. Congress granted Lincoln an officer’s commission as a major general in the Continental Army the following year. As George Washington’s second in command, he was the one who formally accepted the surrender of the British at Yorktown in October 1781. Under the Articles of Confederation, Lincoln was appointed Secretary at War by the Confederation Congress that same year.

As the Lord leads, pray with us…

  • For Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to seek the Lord’s wisdom and direction as he heads the U.S. Armed Forces.
  • For the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the generals in charge of the various military commands around the globe.

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