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Be Honest With Yourself: Great Men Pray

By: Ardis E. Parshall - July 15, 2010

(See here for background)

From 1956 —

Great Men Pray!

Great and wise men and women of all the ages have sought and received help through prayer and have found an unfailing source of strength.

Washington at Valley Forge – Lincoln before Gettysburg – Eisenhower on D Day – Joseph Smith in the Sacred Grove – Jesus at Gethsemane and at Golgotha – all these have prayed:

“Grant us liberty”; “Preserve the nation”; “Give us wisdom”; “Deliver us from evil”; “Thy will be done.”

And these, too, are proper petitions to an understanding Father in Heaven:

The trust of a child at a mother’s knee.

The prayer of a father for the return of a wayward son.

The student’s honest seeking for answers to an examination.

A young man’s reverent request for strength to do his best in ball game or business venture.

The young woman’s plea for guidance in choosing a husband.

The earnest soul’s sincere desire.

That He answers these petitions (though in His own time and way) is a truth to which millions can daily testify.

What about you? Do you ever need help from a Higher Source? Then follow the example of the great and good and wise men of all the ages. Ask and receive. “In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.”





  1. I guess I am getting old, as I can remember the “Be Honest With Yourself” cards you have been posting about.

    The card talks about Washington’s Prayer at Valley Forge( yes I know about the late Arnold Freiberg’s painting of it). The only problem with this is that the evidence that Washington prayed at Valley Forge is quite weak. As Ardis would say the provenace is not strong. The story about the prayer at Valley Forge has about as much evidence to support it as the story about the boy Washington chopping down the cherry tree.

    The message of the card about the importance of prayer is good but I wish the authors wouldn’t have supported it by dubious stories.

    The card has a picture of Eishenhower (who is alleged to have prayed before D-Day). There is a good story in Geoffrey Perrets biogaphy of Eishenhower about how he approached prayer.
    At the first cabinet meeting of the Eishenower Administration Ezra Taft Benson ,who of course was Secretary of Agriculture suggested they open the meeting with prayer and offered one. After that they would have a moment of silent prayer to start the meeting.

    One time they started without the prayer and an aide passed a note to Eisenhower telling him this. Eisnhower said “G—it we forgot the prayer.”

    Comment by john willis — July 16, 2010 @ 10:39 am

  2. Perhaps the fact that Eisenhower was the sitting U.S. president when this was published in 1956 influenced his inclusion?

    Comment by Clark — July 19, 2010 @ 9:36 am

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