April 27th – Thursday

I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word, that they may all be one, just as You, Father, are in me and I in You, that they also may be one in us, that the world may believe that You have sent me. – John 17:20-21

Hiram Ulysses Grant was born on this day in 1822. A clerical error at West Point Military Academy changed his name to Ulysses S. Grant. Although a mediocre student, the future president performed well and received awards as a captain in the Mexican War. Between wars, Grant left the military and tried farming, then clerked in his family’s store. He volunteered for duty in the Union army as soon as the War Between the States began. He became known as “Unconditional Surrender” Grant after victories in Tennessee. A surprise attack in the Battle of Shiloh caused some to call for his removal, but President Lincoln said, “I can’t spare this man. He fights.” After the victory at Vicksburg, Grant was promoted and named general-in-chief. After the war ended, President Andrew Johnson made Grant Secretary of War. He was then was elected president in 1868.

As the Lord leads, pray with us…

  • For the president, vice president, and all who serve in the administration to seek God’s direction today.
  • For the secretary of defense and the Joints Chiefs of Staff to advise the president with discernment.

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