April 2nd – Sunday

Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. – 1 Thessalonians 5:11

On this day in 1948, the House and the Senate voted to send the Marshall Plan to President Harry Truman to be signed into law. Western Europe had been devastated after years of battle during the Second World War, and federal legislators agreed that the United States needed to help in the rebuilding efforts. The plan, drafted in 1947, originally offered aid to the Soviet Union and the Eastern Bloc as well. However, the Soviet Union turned down the offer to prevent U.S. influence over the communist countries. The approved version of the Marshall Plan focused on the other Allied nations, granting $17 billion in total aid for the five years it was in effect. Collaboration with allied nations has been essential to the restoration and recovery in the wake of war and conflict. Pray today for the president and members of Congress as they determine where to send aid.

As the Lord leads, pray with us…

  • For wisdom for the president and his foreign advisors regarding the levels of aid to continue to provide Ukraine and other war-torn areas.
  • For members of Congress as they considered the needs of the U.S. against the requests for assistance from allied countries.

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