May 12th – Friday

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. – Galatians 5:22-23

On this day in 1780, Continental Army General Benjamin Lincoln surrendered Charleston, South Carolina, after a six-week-long battle, to British General Sir Henry Clinton during the Revolutionary War. General Lincoln had gone to great lengths to prepare for the defense of Charleston. The battle began in early April, with British infantry encompassing the city and blocking its supply lines. Unfortunately, Lincoln’s troops were gradually weakened by hunger, lack of ammunition, and disease. All the measures he had taken were not enough to withstand the British attacks. After unsuccessful negotiations for a desirable outcome from both parties, General Lincoln surrendered his army of approximately 5,500 soldiers. This was a significant loss to the American war effort, which allowed the British to gain control of the Charleston area for several years.

As the Lord leads, pray with us…

  • For discernment for the U.S. generals who oversee the various military commands around the world.
  • For Secretary Lloyd Austin to seek God’s wisdom as he heads the U.S. Department of Defense.
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