October 10th – Tuesday

Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely. – Hebrews 12:1

The U.S. Naval Academy was established in Annapolis, Maryland, on this day in 1845. The first class was comprised of 50 midshipmen with seven professors to instruct them. Roughly 90,000 have graduated from the academy since its founding. Most of the students who attend are commissioned to the U.S. Navy or Marine Corps. The number of graduates has risen to an average of around 1,000 per year. As you reflect on the legacy of Annapolis, consider how the Lord trains those who follow Him. Similar to the ways that midshipmen need to learn, practice, and prepare, those who are spiritual warriors are “commissioned” to know the ways of God and how His kingdom functions. Another resemblance to those military students is in developing the discipline required to fulfill their particular roles in the service. As you pray today, ask the Lord to lead you into greater maturity in His service.

As the Lord leads, pray with us…

  • For Acting Superintendent Rear Admiral Frederick Kacher as he oversees the U.S. Naval Academy.
  • For Secretary Carlos Del Toro to be led by the Lord as he heads the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.
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